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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa

  • Swim with the rare and beautiful wild Hector's dolphins in a protected harbor
  • Enjoy a 2-hour cruise by a heated jet powered catamaran
  • Receive a 30-minute briefing on how to interact with the dolphins before spending 1-hour with these marine mammals
Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
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Dolphin Swim at 11:30amMost Popular
2-hr dolphin swim in Akaroa including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 9 years
From US$122.72
Dolphin Swim at 1:30pm
2-hr dolphin swim in Akaroa including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 9 years
From US$122.72
Dolphin Swim at 8:30am
2-hr dolphin swim in Akaroa including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 9 years
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Swim with dolphins at Akaroa Harbour, where Hector’s dolphins — found only in New Zealand — visit the waters of the Banks Peninsula. Cruising the sheltered harbor by jet-powered catamaran so you can swim up close, you’ll learn from the highly trained crew how to interact safely with the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins. Just 10 passengers are permitted per vessel, ensuring an intimate experience in a small group. Wetsuit, masks and snorkel are provided, along with a hot shower on board.
What to Expect
Start your swim-with-dolphins tour in New Zealand’s South Island by climbing aboard a jet-powered catamaran at Akaroa Harbour — the flooded crater of an extinct volcano surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanic cliffs. During a briefing and instruction on how to interact responsibly with the Hector’s dolphins, learn what to expect prior to your water adventure. Then don your provided wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and slip into the tranquil harbor to observe these magnificent marine mammals up close.

Your highly trained crew ensures your safety on a memorable dolphin swim during this 3-hour tour, popular due to the limited number of passengers permitted per departure (limited to 10). The covered vessel has no propellers, making it safer for you and the dolphins.

After your dolphin swim, you can warm up quickly in the heated cabin or take a hot shower, available on board.

This tour operator was the first cruise boat company in the world to get the coveted Green Globe 21, an international program to ensure best environmental practices.
Reviews (91)
1 - 5 of 64 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Well worth it

Nicely organised, 7mm wetsuits and boots, so no worry about cold water, comfy showers and canging rooms, so no reason to hesitate !

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank Michael W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Swimming With the Dolphins

We had a great experience. There were plenty of dolphins. What we didn't know going into this activity is that you are not allowed to touch the dolphins. Their skin is too thin so it is not allowed. That was ok because it was still...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BarbKob
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent Staff and Crew

Drove from Christchurch for this tour. Before the tour Blackcat offered the option to cancel as it was not turning out not to be a good day to swim with the Dolphins. We choose to go out anyway and were not disappointed. Even though we...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 892margm
Reviewed 13 February 2019
Great fun with nature, Great memory with kids

This is a good family fun to get close to nature. During our trip we have not only seen quite a number of dolphins, but also penguins, seals and an albatross. The tour operator is to be commended for not allow us to get into...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 291ErikL
Reviewed 8 February 2019
Delightful dolphins

Never thought I would get the wife to swim with dolphins but she managed it, what an experience that we both thoroughly enjoyed. The crew really put her at ease which really helped. I would definitely recommend this trip.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank chrishiggina
pajoChristchurch, Manager at Black Cat Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

That's fantastic news! Thank you so much for both coming out with us. We have a great crew who always put safety first :)

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3 March 2019|
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Response from chrishiggina | Reviewed this property |
You are provided with wetsuits so this should help with water temperature
29 December 2018|
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Response from Stephanie M | Reviewed this property |
Are you sure your ship is docked? Ours was tendered and it was a very long process, which could mean you may not be back on board in time.
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