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About Dolphin Encounter
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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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It was an unforgettable event in a highly professional Environment. Never seen such a high number of dolphins (approx. 200) in one Group.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JoergLP
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is the eighth time I have swam with the dolphins in Kaikoura over the last twenty years and it never loses it appeal. This time I took my two children age 12 & 15 and they had the most amazing time. I cannot rate...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Karenza H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding experience, absolutely incredible being so close to a dolphin and having that interaction with it spinning round in a circle. Making noises to attract them. Water was very cold however you are to mesmerised by the dolphins to notice. Saw lots of babies and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Wilfamalam
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the best time on this trip - saw huge numbers of dolphins and they were in shallower water on a sunny day, so you could see them swimming below you really clearly. The staff are amazingly efficient in getting you all kitted out...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Alyson B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Swimming with wild dolphins in the ocean... It was as amazing as it sounds. We saw 100s of dolphins and swimming with them was unreal. The staff were all really friendly and helpful. The equipment provided was good quality and in good condition. Don't even...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rockriffroger
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw a pod of 100's of dolphins. Got in the water with them 5 times. Seeing the dolphins in the water was incredible. However, I am a strong swimmer and have done plenty of snorkeling, but actually found it quite overwhelming in the water with...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Helen H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Still on an absolute high after our swim with the dusky dolphins this morning! We were on the 5.30am boat, and despite the waves/swell being ‘moderate’ (meaning it was fairly choppy on the boat and in the water for swimming), it wasn’t hard for us...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank lisaloumarshall
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fantastic day seeing how these wonderful creatures swim and play. We didn't have the opportunity to swim with them but we were not disappointed by just watching them. We saw 100's of dolphins doing flips and swimming along the side of the boat....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank v_naish
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

NEVER expected this much fun in 55 degree water! I could only book the zero dark thirty tour, but no matter, dolphins evidently arise earlier than humans and they showed up for the party. Very professional organization with amazingly chipper staff. Equipment in great shape...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank eskom01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the highlights of our 2 month holiday in New Zealand! Great equipment (wetsuit, snorkel). It was cold, so a good wetsuit was needed. Friendly guide on the boat. Clear explanation before and during the trip. Hot drink on board. Small group. We could...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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GinaDig
13 September 2018|
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Response from 737elizak | 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
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GinaDig
13 September 2018|
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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
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T1604CUmelissar
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
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