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Dolphin Encounter

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Open Now: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Dolphin Encounter
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Swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their acrobatic displays form the comfort of the boat.
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were blown away with the service from this business! We booked to swim with the dolphins on Sunday morning & were told that as there was a southerly wind, it would be tricky to judge how the swim would go. With this in mind...More

Thank GinaDig
Reviewed 5 days ago

I took this trip for my birthday, the trips leading up to this day had been cancelled due to bad weather but my luck was in as it brighten up on the day of my trip. The dolphins were fanastic and we didn't have to...More

1  Thank abboa2
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We had actually wanted to book on the seal encounter, but as the sea temperatures were still quite chilly in October we were advised to try the dolphin encounter instead and were so glad we did! The experience was fantastic - we were in and...More

1  Thank Kimberley A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did this trip at the beginning of October and although the water was freezing, it was definitely worth it and the best activity we have done in 8 months travelling. There were so many dolphins and they were so playful and got so close...More

1  Thank Matthew F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe, maybe, maybe, maybe, YES its on (4 hours before) on hold (one hour before trip), on hold, cancelled. This was the outcome of our phone calls in the 24 hours before our trip on a stunning calm clear day. We booked an afternoon dolphin...More

2  Thank nzp0ppy
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

It was a shame we weren't able to operate our tour this afternoon, and we share your disappointment; especially given the favourable weather and sea conditions today! We started the day with high hopes too around the time we confirmed your departure with you. Unfortunately,...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From the minute I was greeeted .. through the Wetsuit fitting .. the safety demonstration ..?then bus trip to the boat I knew I was in for an amazing experience . It was a PERFECT Kaikoura spring day . Blue skies .. warm air .....More

Thank HilaryM659
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were a little sceptical of this trip but can not recommend it highly enough. Delicate consideration of the animals and the environment were the upmost priority and the experience was magical, a real privilege to experience. If you go there you MUST do this!!!...More

Thank RachelSManchester
Reviewed 6 September 2018

This experience was all part of our 3 month round the world trip. We had driven up from Christchurch in the morning (long drive) and after signing to our hotel we were informed that the trip had been cancelled due to bad weather. However the...More

Thank Anthony H
Reviewed 14 August 2018

This organization offers boat trips to swim or watch the dolphins. It has good wedsuits and equipment and offfers a unique possibility to swim with dolphins. Please be aware that in the winter the water can be really cold! If you do not want to...More

1  Thank RuurdvanElburg
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Really enjoyed watching the dolphins and never knew they were called pods when referring to a large group of dolphins and watching the people swimming with the dolphins made it very entertaining thank you Kaikoura dolphin encounter

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13 September 2018|
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Response from Eliza K | Reviewed this property |
We saw some whales from the dolphin boat but I don’t know if that Halle a every time. The dolphin swim is worth it
13 September 2018|
Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
Hi there, thanks for your enquiry; great to hear that you are planning a visit! We are not permitted to view whales on our tour so to swim with dolphins and view whales you would need to do our tour and a trip with Whale... More
Melissa R
13 January 2018|
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Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
Hi Melissa Not sure how we missed your question sorry! The answers you have received are spot on - book as far ahead as you are able! :-) April is quite a busy time of year and tours are often waitlisting. Also that... More