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Dolphin Encounter

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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About Dolphin Encounter
One of the best places in the world to encounter dolphins in the wild! We operate on the dolphins' terms. Swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their acrobatic displays form the comfort of the boat.
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Kelly wrote a review Apr 2022
7 contributions
This was honestly magical, there is no other way to describe it. We did the swimming with dolphins and was a massive pod swimming around, got amazing photos and videos with the GoPro. Fully recommend taking one with you or they have them for hire there. Would do this again, highly recommend to do when you visit Kaikoura we saw 3 different types of dolphins, heater, husky and common.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter
Responded 3 weeks ago
Very cool to get a tri factor of dolphin sightings Kelly! Great tip recommending the GoPro; it's a perfect way to capture some of the magic to take away with you :-) We hope you do join us aboard again at some point, and we look forward to welcoming you then!
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Jacqueline M wrote a review Apr 2022
Auckland, New Zealand145 contributions10 helpful votes
Swimming with the dolphins was an absolute fantastic experience and one that I will never forget. It was simply magical. If you are unsure on what to do while you are in Kaikoura, this is a must do! The crew were brilliant and kind enough to take photos of us in the water and answer any questions we had. Can't recommend this activity enough. We have recommended this friends planning a visit to Kaikoura and in fact some have done it already it and were blown away. Many thanks for such a memorable experience!
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter
Responded 3 weeks ago
Our absolute pleasure Jacqueline! What a joy to read your review! We love that your experience inspired you to share it with your friends and that you hold such special memories :-)
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Helena T wrote a review Mar 2022
Te Anau, New Zealand127 contributions34 helpful votes
An absolutely amazing and memorable wildlife experience! We managed to find a 300+ pod and got to swim with them. The dolphins were engaging and curious. I struggled with my mask leaking initially as I was smiling so much! I would definitely do this activity again when I pass through Kaikoura in the future.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dolphin smiles are the best smiles! :-) Sounds like you had a magical experience and we look forward to welcoming you back for the next one!
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Lisa M wrote a review Jan 2022
Whangarei, New Zealand6 contributions
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The most incredible experience swimming amongst a super pod of dusky dolphins. Fantastic staff from booking to the crew. Plenty of time after the swims to watch and photograph the dolphins top side too. Special thanks to Emma and Tracey who took great care of us on board. Cannot recommended this highly enough.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter
Responded 1 Feb 2022
Thanks so much Lisa - we appreciate you taking the time to post a review and we are delighted you enjoyed your tour! :-)
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nina p wrote a review Jan 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand34 contributions1 helpful vote
OMG! I am normally never lost for words, but this was epic. Staff: You rock! Dolphins: you were impressive! (both Dusky and Hector) Love the way you all present this experience. I was worried about the sustainable side of this activity as I highly value the marine life existence but you all made me feel this was very well managed. Added bonus was spotting the Orca and a couple of albatrosses on the way back in! We swam with the dolphins as well as viewing them. From what I heard from the watchers, they were just as starstruck as us. So seems like either way you get a magical experience.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter
Responded 1 Feb 2022
Loved reading your review Nina - thank you! Sounds like you had an epic trip with a great variety of sightings. We agree whether you choose to get up close and personal in the water or stay dry and take in the spectacle from the boat the experience is a pretty special one :-)
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