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Dolphin Encounter

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Closes in 16 min: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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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 yesterday via mobile

Such an amazing experience. Worth every minute and penny. Despite the weather being pretty poor the morning we went out, we still saw plenty of dolphins. (So don’t let the weather put you off) Such a great experience being able to swim with the beautiful...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank D-zengin
Reviewed yesterday

The small town of Kaikoura on New Zealand's South Island has some of the most amazing marine animal encounters. We have been on two Dolphin Encounters - one where I swam with them, and one where we took the children to watch from the boat....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We went as spectators - quite content to watch from the boat rather than swimming with the dolphins. I am sure the swimmers had a great experience but so did we watching all of the activity from the comfort of the boat. Everything about this...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank B9662OJpaulw
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wow what an experience!! We went on the 05:30 tour and it was a cold morning. Really good quality wetsuits and hood which help. We saw loads of dolphins from the boat, following our boat and jumping out of the water. When we went in...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank MaddyHK88
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A very professional setup with helpful caring staff. Swimming with dolphins in the wild is unforgettable and magical. They are not fed, tamed or enticed and you share their environment on their terms. Amazing!

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

I went on the tour with my husband, 2 teenagers, a 7 year old and my mil. My hubby and my 2 older boys swam with the dolphins while the rest of us did the dolphin watching. My 13 year old son was very cold...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank queky76
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked our dolphin swim quite far in advance and on the morning of our 5:00am swim it was only 2 degrees. I was worried it wouldnt be enjoyable in this weather... but dont be scared off by cold temps! Initially getting in the water...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Navigator25564548458
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service, helpful staff, wonderfull experience - swimming with dolphins. Discounts available e.g. if you have YHA/ISIC card.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank barbaran21
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an amazing experience and trip. It’s not stage managed at all it’s wild Dolphins out in the Ocean who want to be your friend, no food or anything is chucked in the boat just searches for them and when you see them you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank T6208SWmattd
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fantastic time - we got to swim 5 times on the boat with a huge pod of dolphins in clear seas. One of the highlights of NZ and simply a must do. This was amazing

Date of experience: November 2018
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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
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