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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa

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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.
  • 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
Akaroa, Akaroa, Canterbury Region, South Island
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • 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.
About the operator
By: Black Cat Cruises
Winchester, United Kingdom
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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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
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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Sydney, Australia
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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Sydney, Australia
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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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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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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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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Odense, Denmark
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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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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Key Details
  • Akaroa Harbour, Akaroa
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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