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Dolphin Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Absolutely amazing

My husband and I did the dolphin encounter yesterday and it was the best experience. One of my... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Eliza K
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A magical experience

Can not recommend this enough if you want to experience a hint of being a dolphin/mermaid. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their acrobatic displays form the comfort of the boat.
  • Excellent92%
  • Very good5%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I did the dolphin encounter yesterday and it was the best experience. One of my bucket list items ticked off and it did not disappoint. It took a while to find the dolphins but when we did, there were so many: dusty,...More

Thank Eliza K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can not recommend this enough if you want to experience a hint of being a dolphin/mermaid. The whole booking and checking in process was smooth and friendly, and they helped me rearrange my booking when I needed to. There’s a reassuringly extensive briefing session, and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing trip and couldn’t recommend the dolphin encounter swimming experience more! We saw dolphin boats in Akaroa and were worried we should’ve done the encounter there but Kaikoura is definitely the best place in NZ! We swam with at least 30-50 dolphins...More

1  Thank Alice C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a fantastic experience this was! We went on the 6am trip and had the most beautiful sunrise before seeing hundreds of dolphins. It was amazing, both spectating and swimming with them. They were so playful and swam alongside our boat leaping and somersaulting constantly,...More

1  Thank Sheila K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I decided that this experience was a must whilst in kaikoura and I'm so glad that i did. Being a scuba diver i am used to interacting with sea life but this absolutely blew my socks off. I lost count (fairly quickly) of the number...More

1  Thank Paulos1979
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They were wonderful about letting us bring our kids and have some swim and some not. Great views of the dolphins and wildlife, swimming with them was incredible. Great gear kept us warm and afloat. It was absolutely amazing and the staff were wonderful with...More

1  Thank susanL7308PL
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well organized, professional, and an overall brilliant experience by the guides, captain, and support staff. Lots of opportunities to interact with the dolphins and great advice on how to make the most of a wild encounter.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though we went out on a VERY windy day, swimming with the dolphins was a lifetime experience. Words can not do justice to describe the opportunity to frolic with these amazing creatures who bless you with their presence. The staff on board was incredible....More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Firstly the staff are super friendly and great at their job making sure everyone is happy. We did the swim experience and honestly that is great, if swimming in the ocean scares you they carry flotation aids which was good considering the day we did...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the single activity that I was most excited about in our 3 week trip across New Zealand, and turned out to be the worst day of the whole trip. On the morning of our booking, the weather was overcast/slightly drizzly. After calling to...More

Thank Claudia T
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DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Claudia We are sorry to learn that your experience on the day was not all you had hoped for and on reflection it would have been easier to chat with you at the end of the tour to hear about your disappointment first hand....More

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Melissa R
January 13, 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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Indiantraveljunkie
August 22, 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
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Mark and Cristy R
June 13, 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
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