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Dolphin Encounter

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Opens in 7 min: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Best Day out

From the minute I was greeeted .. through the Wetsuit fitting .. the safety demonstration ..?then... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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We were a little sceptical of this trip but can not recommend it highly enough. Delicate... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their acrobatic displays form the comfort of the boat.
Opens in 7 min
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 6 days 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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank NokiP6
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Great day out with very friendly staff. We swam with over 300 dolphins. They could have done with turning on the thermostat to warm the water a bit, joke. It's the experience of a lifetime

Thank SeanB3710
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

I had a great experience swimming with the friendly, interactive and playful dolphins of Kaikoura. I've not had much luck on dolphin tours in Australia or back in Scotland, so to see the dolphins so happy to see and swim with us was incredible. I...More

Thank LornaM1498
Reviewed 23 July 2018

We did the Dolphin Encounter in July (winter) and my 17-year old daughter said it was the best thing she ever did in her life, and that's saying something. She has done "swim with the dolphins" before at other places like Hawaii. But all of...More

1  Thank Brent W
Reviewed 12 July 2018

Gary and Tracy gave us the most memorable encounter, Tracy was awesome with my grandson, who is still talking about his adventure. If I could I would give this a 10 star rating. We cant thank them enough. If you are in Kaikoura do this...More

2  Thank AnnetteC1683
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Although time has passed since we went on our journey with the dolphin encounter, it still fills our memories with such a blessing. The day couldn't have been more magical. Swimming with those intelligent and wonderful creatures is one of the best things we have...More

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13 September 2018|
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Response from 347irwans | Reviewed this property |
My friends went for Whale Watching tour, they only saw Doplhins. While I did Swimming with Dolphins, it was super worh it! It was my highlight for NZ.
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