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Shore Excursion: Guided Sea Kayaking through Akaroa Marine Reserve

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    What to Expect
    When your cruise ship docks in the beautiful french village of Akaroa, stroll through town to the kayak base and meet your guide to begin your 3-hour tour. Following an informative safety briefing, your guides will prepare your kayak for launch then take to Akaroa’s volcanic basin waters.

    Small group numbers are key as we are visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas, enjoy exploring this marine reserve in a low-impact and environmentally responsible way. Close encounters. No noise, No engines, No crowds, No pollution. 

    During your tour, paddle quietly along through the blue waters of the extinct volcanic crater and listen as your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife that you come across. After approximately one hour, stop for a 15-minute break on a remote beach and enjoy free time to swim or rest your arms!

    Replenish lost energy with a light snack, then paddle onward as your guide shares stories from the region’s colorful past. As you explore, admire panoramic views and your guide will be taking on water photos for you If you wish to take home a memory of your day.

    When your kayak adventure comes to an end, paddle your kayak back to base — an easy 10-minute walk from the wharf through he boutique shops and cafes leads you back to the main wharf. Safe and dry!
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Ratatouille Restaurant Akaroa, 40F Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Guests who book directly through the cruise ships are offered a complimentary pick up at the wharf. 5 min drive, 10 min walk.

    Meet outside the Bowling Club
    Departure Time
    11:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Guide
    • Light refreshments
    • Kayak safari
    • On water photographs
    • Lunch
    • Transport to/from attractions
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age is 10 years
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 31 January 2019

    Can't say enough about this tour and Guided Sea Kayaking - they were (and needed to be) very patience with our young and inexperienced group. The tour was customized for the short time we were at port in Akoroa and the guides were amazing. Very...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Shakaka
    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2019

    You guys were our absolute favourite group and we love the chaos, it makes life interesting! Thanks so much for the review and we hope you remember your time here fondly even if it was at pace! Really hope you had a blast on the...More

    Reviewed 26 January 2019 via mobile

    We thoroughly enjoyed our morning kayaking with Jake as our guide. He informed everyone on all things safety!! We kayaked around at a nice pace while Jake kept us informed of the history, nature and about the area. We made it to a half way...More

    Thank msp55
    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2019

    Thanks so much for your review we really appreciate it! SO happy you enjoyed your tour with our exceptional guides! There is nothing they do not know about this special extinct volcanic crater and marine reserve! Well done for kayaking that distance, the time goes...More

    Reviewed 18 January 2019 via mobile

    Beautiful morning spent on the water. Recommend early morning kayak to see the most wildlife. We were fortunate enough to have a pod of Hector’s Dolphins follow us around. So cute and playful. We saw penguins, other birds, and even a Canadian Goose (so we...More

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    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2019

    Thanks so much guys for joining us, we are so happy you got to experience this beautiful morning with us! The extinct volcanic crater which is now teeming with life as a marine reserve is really a once in a lifetime experience and we are...More

    Reviewed 13 January 2019 via mobile

    Thanks Greville and Jacob for a fantastic shore excursion. Couldn’t fault the sea kayak safari: from safety demonstration through to friendly and knowledgeable tour leaders this was a great day out. We saw more Hectors dolphins than we could count!More

    Thank markbU136FZ
    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2019

    Thanks so much for the review, we had a very special trip the day you joined us and we are so happy you got to experience a visit from these amazing endangered mammals that cruise around through our stunning marine reserve! The dolphins were active...More

    Reviewed 13 January 2019

    It was such a beautiful coastline that we could only view from the water. Though disappointing not to see the small dolphin breed there or stingrays because of the high volume of noisy boat traffic on a holiday week, our guides (Jake & Nick) had...More

    Date of experience: December 2018
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    Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 13 January 2019

    Thanks so much for the review, our endangered hector dolphins are residing in their natural habitat here in the marine reserve so we get to see them only when they want to be seen on their own terms which makes encounters even more special! We...More

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    Response from travelingdad56 | Reviewed this property |
    Photos were sent the next day
    25 October 2018|
    Response from TravellingScientists | Reviewed this property |
    Sounds just like the conditions we had about 2 weeks ago. We were fine - plenty of layers on and yes, the kayaks have skirts so we didn't get wet. I would still go for it!
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    • Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari
    • Duration: 3h
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