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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa provided by Black Cat Cruises

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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa

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Overview
Swim in the vicinity of wild dolphins on this Akaroa Harbour cruise, limited to 12 passengers. You’ll chance upon Hector’s dolphins, the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins, in their natural habitat. A wetsuit and mask are provided for your experience in the water, followed by a hot beverage and shower.
Highlights
  • Akaroa Harbour dolphin cruise
  • Swim in the natural habitat of wild dolphins
  • Covered vessel with heated cabin and hot drinks
  • Limit of 12 passengers permitted per departure
Important Information
Departure Point
The Wharf - Akaroa, 75 Beach Road, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
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.
  • Travellers 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 cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
143Reviews
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Alice T wrote a review Nov 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand26 contributions4 helpful votes
On my trip, we were not successful in hopping in with the dolphins as they were not interested to interact. The operator was very upfront when we checked in that the previous group was unsuccessful and we were welcome to try another day. We found 3 pods and the crew really did
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
Responded 9 Apr 2020
Hi Alice T, We appreciate you taking the time to detail your honest experience. We are also very happy that you had an enjoyable experience despite not being able to get a swim. We are always transparent and upfront about our operations and we appreciate your understanding in this. Thanks again for your review and we hope you will be able to join us again in the future.
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Wendy J wrote a review Nov 2019
El Dorado Hills, California24 contributions4 helpful votes
We went out with Jules & Daz our skippers and Alister our guide. What a great group of guys! They went out of their way to explain what we were seeing and helped us have the most amazing experience with the dolphins. We were able to swim(float) among a pod of wild dolphins for
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
Responded 9 Apr 2020
Hi Wendy J, We really appreciate you taking the time to write a review on our Swimming with Dolphins excursion. Jules, Daz, Alister and our office customer service are all very proud to be a part of this special place and we are so pleased that you noticed. Thanks again for sharing your experience and we hope that you will able to join us again soon!
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Joanne wrote a review Nov 2019
1 contribution2 helpful votes
Loved the experience swimming with the dolphins was amazing and staff were fantastic highly recommend
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
Responded 11 Apr 2020
Hi Jo-brown929, We love hearing that you had an amazing experience and we appreciate your review! We hope to see you again soon here in beautiful Akaroa!
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Parker Finton wrote a review Oct 2019
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A group of 8 of us came as we were independently traveling as we are studying abroad! We booked the dolphin swim from Christchurch and the ride over was absolutely amazing. It ended up being that our group was the only on the boat and that made it even more of an awesome
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
Responded 11 Apr 2020
Hi parkerb1234, Wow! It sounds like you had an amazing experience on our Dolphin Swim! Indeed you were very lucky to see that many dolphins at once! Thanks for the wonderful review and we do hope that you will be able to visit us again one day.
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Magdalena wrote a review Oct 2019
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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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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from BlackCat_NZ, Manager at Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
Responded 11 Apr 2020
Hi MagdalenaSchaefer, Thank you for the lovely review. We are so happy to hear that you had a great experience on our dolphin swim. Hectors Dolphins are pretty fantastic! A special thanks for your kind words about our friendly team, it means a lot to us. We hope you will be able to visit us again soon!
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janellefletcher
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Sur la mer - On the Ocean
Currently living on a gorgeous lake, I was also looking forward to getting out on the sea in Akaroa. From Sonja's w
Stirg
Stirg
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Black Cat Harbour and Wildlife Cruise
This 2 hour cruise is informative about the wildlife, birdlife and geological features of the Akaroa Harbour. For
nzski2014
nzski2014
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Awesome
Did the Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise this morning with Black Cat Cruises. Saw two Hectors Dolphins at the front of
Mandymc900
Mandymc900
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great trip
thank you so much guys, what a wonderful trip. we so enjoyed the morning cruise, visiting bays and watching seals a
triciad108
triciad108
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Great adventure
Great cruise! Excellent skipper and narrator during the cruise. Saw a penguin, hector dolphins, birds nesting, seal
pretcnz
pretcnz
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Sea. Scenery. Seals. Dolphins. Delivered.
Awesome morning on the water, which delivered all that was promised - including a dolphin pod with calves. Awesome!
ValentynaVelidchenko
ValentynaVelidchenko
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Magic boat trip ! Must do in Akaroa
Huge thanks to Black Cat Cruises team for this magic day in the ocean 🌊 🚢 We’ve got so lucky to see many dolphins
BonnieBorowczyk
BonnieBorowczyk
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Money well spent
We got a cheap deal on bookme, it was definitely worth it! The crew (Hamish & Helen) were great, friendly and full
Terry L
Terry L
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Spiffing
A great couple of hours of entertainment and relaxation with a bit of education thrown in as well. Dolphins, seals
caughleyp
caughleyp
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Exceeded our expectations
A great day out - with a friendly and welcoming crew. The guide kept us entertained the whole trip with historical
TheBismarck
TheBismarck
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Excellent experience
Outstanding tour which was both comfortable and enjoyable. There was excellent commentary and knowledgeable staff.
wellingt0nkirby
wellingt0nkirby
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Exactly what was promised
Last did this trip more than a decade ago. Booked for Fathers Day gift and redeemed today. Yesterday we were rung
Kylie B
Kylie B
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A Family Must Do!!!
Highlight of our family holiday to Canterbury 👍 Beautiful day and we saw alot of dolphins. Bith kids aged 13 and 6
alexiat198
alexiat198
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Loved it!
Awesome trip, knowledgeable and cheeky driver. Beautiful nature and animals. Would do it again if I lived a tad clo
Pauline Y
Pauline Y
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only way to see the dolphins
We booked through bookme.com and got a slighter cheaper deal but we noticed they did have specials at the desk!! C
Key Details
  • Akaroa Harbour, Akaroa
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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