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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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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Shayla wrote a review 2 May
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Four of us did the dolphin encounter today and it was amazing, heaps of dolphins that swam all around us and they were leaping out of the water. We were lucky enough to also see two humpback whales and we got to watch them for a long time. Staff were great and everything ran smoothly, we loved it so much, highly recommend.
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks heaps for your recommendation - we appreciate it! Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! :-) Note to other readers: The humpback whales on this tour were an unplanned and incidental sighting whilst we were viewing dolphins. We don't usually see whales on our tours as we are not permitted to actively seek whale sightings; if you want to do this check out some other local operators either on the water or from the air after your dolphin tour with us.
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574pamelam wrote a review Apr 2021
Dunedin, New Zealand19 contributions5 helpful votes
If you are planning a trip to the STH Island this is without a doubt a must do! From start to finish it was amazing. The team especially Leigh was supportive helpful patient and kind. I am a confident swimmer but have never snorkeled. They helped and supported me to make myself comfortable and overcome my fear. They are constantly checking and rechecking to ensure that everyone is safe and encountered for. We spent over 45 mins surrounded by wild dolphins who played, circled and jumped around us. There is no coercion from the team just an opportunity to truely swim in the ocean with wild dolphins. Not only were blessed with 100s of dolphins (no exaggeration) we also had a seal, hump back whale and some albatrosses. This is a must do not just because of the experience but the exceptional staff, Leigh and Ian.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter
Responded 1 week ago
Thanks so much for your review! We are thrilled you had such a great experience and we really appreciate you choosing to join us aboard! :-)
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riversens wrote a review Apr 2021
Oslo, Norway11 contributions
Amazing experience! Great staff, good gear for both children and adults, and a considerate attitude towards the dolphins. Absolutely loved it!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks for taking the time to post your review! Stoked you enjoyed your experience! :-)
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96charley wrote a review Mar 2021
Queenstown, New Zealand46 contributions22 helpful votes
This is one of the most magical experiences I've ever had. We were lucky to have spent the full tour swimming with hundreds of very playful dolphins at great visibility. The tour guides are great, would 1000% reccomend travelling up to Kaikoura for this.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks Charley - fantastic to read that the experience moved you! Sounds like you had a great tour! :-)
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Angela C wrote a review Mar 2021
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Just incredible to have dolphins swim around you and underneath you. Utterly mind blowing, they are so careful and gentle and welcome you into their watery world. Highly recommended
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Response from dolphin-encounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter
Responded 4 weeks ago
So magical isn't it Angela! The dusky dolphins are so curious and interactive and we love introducing our guests to them :-)
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