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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Swim with Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour

  • Akaroa Harbour dolphin swim shore excursion
  • Enjoy a 3-hour cruise by a heated jet-powered boat
  • Includes wetsuit, mask and snorkel equipment
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Swim with Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour
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3-hour dolphin swim cruise including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 8 years
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3-hour dolphin swim cruise including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 8 years
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Dolphin Watch at 11:30am
3-hour dolphin watch cruise. Observe dolphins and swimmers from the boat. Recommended for children aged under 8 years and inexperienced swimmers
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This Akaroa Harbour dolphin swim is the ultimate shore excursion while your ship docks at the port. You can observe Hector’s dolphins from the boat or don a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel and dive into the water to swim with the New Zealand dolphins — the smallest and rarest in the world. Enjoy a complimentary hot beverage and shower after your swim. With a maximum of 12 swimmers permitted per vessel, this 3-hour tour provides a small-group experience.
What to Expect
When your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, catch the tender to the main wharf, arriving at least 30 minutes before departure. Hop aboard a heated and covered jet-powered boat for your dolphin cruise. 

You’ll learn from the trained crew what to expect during your Akaroa Harbour dolphin swim and discover how to safely interact with New Zealand’s rare Hector’s dolphins while respecting that these are wild animals.

If you’ve opted to swim, slip on the provided wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, then jump into the tranquil waters of the sheltered bay to frolic with these sea mammals, whose calves can be seen between October and March. Then, enjoy a warm beverage and hot shower, available after your swim. 

If you’d prefer to stay dry on board, select the dolphin watch experience and snap photos of friends or family interacting with the dolphins in the water. (The dolphin swim option is not recommended for children under eight years of age.)

This shore excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Akaroa. Please allow yourself ample time to ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
Reviews (33)
1 - 5 of 27 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Major bucket list tick

My husband took me on this tour for my 30th birthday and it did not disappoint! We saw and swam with so many dolphins. Alistair and Chris were so wonderful, stopping every time we saw a dolphin so we could get closer and jump in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Tam J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Awesome experience!

Loved our dolphin swim this morning. We got lucky and interacted with many dolphins for a long time. Our guide Alistair and Skipper Chris were nice, engaging, informative, patient and helpful. Couldn’t have asked for more.

Thank travelfiend_30
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately l did not get the chance to swim with the dolphins but this was by no means anything to do with the tour company it was nature. l was on a cruise ship and only in for the day so only had the one...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank amhs29
Reviewed 15 December 2018
Best experience ever

My daughter and husband went on this excursion/experience and my 15 year old daughter said it was the best thing she has ever done in her life. They swam with so many dolphins and also saw seals swimming very closely and a Royal Albatross flew...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Andrea F
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile
Highlight of our trip

We booked the excursion from our cruise ship travelling around New Zealand. Swimming with the Hector Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour was easily the highlight of our two week trip. There were twelve people in our group and we were kitted out with full wetsuits, boots...More

Thank louisew407
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Response from Tam J | Reviewed this property |
I think they do have them on the boat but the wetsuit makes you ridiculous buoyant so it’s difficult to go under
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