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Dolphin Encounter

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Open today: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura best trip ever

Gary and Tracy gave us the most memorable encounter, Tracy was awesome with my grandson, who is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Annette C
A Dream come true

Although time has passed since we went on our journey with the dolphin encounter, it still fills... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wellington, New Zealand
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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 1 week ago

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

1  Thank Annette C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank alicelittle25
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though it was disappointing to not see many dolphins (we saw 4 for a total of about 3 seconds), but we did see 2 sperm whales, and seals, and the kids loved the rollercoaster ride of a boat trip in the 1.2m swells. And the...More

Thank Denise D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We couldn’t pass up this experience and it didn’t disappoint! The trip consists of donning a full wetsuit, boarding a boat with about 15 other people and then setting out into the bay to find the pod of dusky dolphins that live off the coast...More

Thank TKleintrip
Reviewed 13 June 2018

We were given our briefing and kitted out in wet suits before being taken out to where Dusky Dolphins were expected to be found. Sure enough, the skipper located dolphins and the crew waited to see how responsive they were before letting us in the...More

1  Thank W4lking
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

This is a must if you are visiting kaikoura, we weren't going to do it as we were worried about the cold water being winter however the wetsuits and equipment provided are brilliant, still abit cold which is obvious but not enough to feel it...More

1  Thank gilly1878
Reviewed 31 May 2018 via mobile

If you’re worried about the cold weather and early morning (as I was) all I can say is don’t be! The staff at check in are lovely, everything is really clearly explained and, despite being winter, the water doesn’t feel freezing with the wet suit...More

2  Thank Hayley R
Reviewed 27 May 2018

Dolphin Encounter staff were professional and clear for the orientation and fitting us out with all our gear. At all stages of our experience, the staff kept us updated on what we needed to do and be prepared for. This was simply an amazing experience!...More

Thank Alice T
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

A fantastic experience but unfortunately most people on our boat were seasick. They did warn us the sea would be choppy but we really weren't prepared for just how bad it was. instead of selling full boxes of seasickness tablets it would be better to...More

Thank Aodhan_le_fada
Reviewed 25 May 2018

After storms all day on arrival in Kaikoura, our 5am tour the following day was touch and go. We got up early, got to the centre and were relieved to find it was going ahead. Unfortunately, once we got in the water, it was quite...More

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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
22 August 2017|
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Response from Bellatravelscom | Reviewed this property |
They also offered floats to hold on to in the ocean. I took one for my first swim but didnt need it for the second swim
Mark and Cristy R
13 June 2017|
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Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
So sorry we missed your question! We can gratefully see a number of others have responded with spot in info! The rates are indeed NZ175 to swim and $95 to view. The rates/prices are in the bookings online, and also under... More