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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa

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    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 Hector’s dolphins, learn what to expect prior to your water adventure. Then don your provided wetsuit and mask and slip into the tranquil harbor to observe these magnificent marine mammals up close.

    Your knowledgeable crew ensures your safety on a memorable dolphin swim during this excursion, popular due to the limited number of passengers permitted per departure (limited to 12). 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 onboard, and enjoy a warm beverage.

    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Akaroa, Akaroa, Canterbury Region, South Island
    Duration
    3h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • 3-hour dolphin swim (2-hours in water)
    • Wetsuit and mask (for those swimming)
    • Hot Beverage
    • Includes a full, live commentary from skipper
    • Hot Shower Facilities
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not suitable for infants or children under 8
    • Children between 8yrs and 12yrs must be accompanied by an adult swimmer.
    • Children between 13yrs and 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult watcher.
    • Please note to join this activity you need to be able to swim a minimum of 50 meters unaided and be confident in open sea conditions.
    • Akaroa is ideally situated, only a 90 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport. You can either drive yourself or catch one of the shuttles, which operate daily between Christchurch city center and Akaroa.
    • Dolphin Sightseeing Guarantee - In the event of “partial swim” (dolphins are viewed from the boat but swimmers do not get into the water; or swimmers do not get full interaction while in the water as determined by Black Cat skipper & crew) Black Cat will refund 25% of fare. If no dolphins are seen, Black Cat will refund 50% of fare.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Life jackets are not provided or used, if one is required this product is not suitable, please join our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • You can only book to watch a swim when travelling with a swimmer
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I just had the most amazing experience with Black cat cruises! I arrived a bit late, but gladly that was no problem. The crew was more than friendly and acommodating and obviously enjoyed the dolphins as much as we did. They do a great job an I would definitely recommend doing
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    We had such a great time with Black Cat. The crew was very friendly and of course the dolphins were incredible!!
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    We had booked day before but trip cancelled by company due to weather. Very grateful for that decision, as it showed the company really do care about safety, and whether you are likely to see the beautiful Hectors dolphins. On our re-scheduled trip, weather was good but
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    Had an amazing morning out with black cat cruises and got to spend time in the water with the dolphins. Alister and the skipper did everything they could to get us as much time with the dolphins as possible and got some great pics of it all too! Warm water, hot chocolate and
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    My husband and I were on our honeymoon, and we were really looking forward to the swim with dolphins activity. It was raining on the day of our activity, and we were later told by the person in-charge that the waters' really choppy and there is a possibility that we might not be
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    Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
    Responded 18 Sep 2019
    Hi Fishyu1012, thank you for taking the time to review Black Cat Cruises - Swimming with Dolphins on TripAdvisor. Such a shame the weather wasn't the best for your trip but so glad you still got to spot the Hector's dolphins and had a great time out with our guides. We hope that next time to come out with us the weather will be great and you can get the full experience - I know you'll love it!!! Kind regards, the Black Cat Cruises team.
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    About the operator
    By: Black Cat Cruises
    Fredthefiddle
    Winchester, United Kingdom
    13952
    Real value for money.
    It seemed like quite a lot of money to pay for a trip out of Akaroa for a 2 hour nature cruise, but boy, did this
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    Toni-Wayne
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    10246
    Awesome experience
    Spectacular scenery and we saw lots of dolphins as well as penguins and fur seals. This was on our bucket list and
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    JohnANDLee W
    228
    Great excursion!
    We completely enjoyed our cruise in the harbor. There was plenty of room on the boat - we stayed up front with
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    Greynomad_10
    Sydney, Australia
    10928
    Poor crew attitude
    We have lived in Kenya and travelled to most of the game parks. We have been to Alaska, the High Artic and
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    Greynomad_10
    Sydney, Australia
    10928
    Poor crew attitude
    We have lived in Kenya and travelled to most of the game parks. We have been to Alaska, the High Artic and
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    sofiel379
    141
    Wow Great Experience and Service
    I really loved this tour. The experience to get close to dolphins is so unique, especially Hector dolphins which
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    Richard
    258
    Phenomenal way to see nature!
    This was a first class experience in learning about the dolphins that inhabit French Bay. The commentary about the
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    AsSeenByJane
    362
    I am an avid traveler and I mark this as one of my top 10 experiences in the world
    I have been on wildlife cruises, I have been swimming in open water, I have done shark cage diving, and I have
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    Martin
    Odense, Denmark
    274
    Cancelled without knowledge
    We drove from Christchurch to this and late before we arive we get a call it might be cancelled instead of just
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    dleighb
    4528
    Good time even when the dolphins don't want to play
    We had a wonderful time with Black Cat Cruises even though we were not lucky enough to swim with the dolphins.
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