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Viv P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

It was a wonderful trip and the staff on the boat were great with their knowledge and efforts to find some dolphins for us to swim with. They did their utmost but the dolphins just weren't being obliging on the day and when we did get in the water - they disappeared! The skipper did his best to try and find more but wasnt to be. It was still a great trip and well worth it.

Royce P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2016

We just want to thank Timmy, Jenny and the team for the most amazing experience swimming with the dolphins!!! Absolutely unreal - and we also got engaged at the same time out there, and the crew on board and back at the base went WAY above and beyond the call of duty to make it even more special out there!!! we will never ever forget it!!! and there were so many dolphin around - literally got in the water about 10minutes in and didn't need to go anywhere else until our time was up!

Really recommend this trip - fantastic team - THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DID!!!!!!!

Royce and Mel

Georgina T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

The guys from Black Cat were amazing. We had such a great time. Swimming with the Hectors Dolphins a once in a lifetime experience Awesome

Amit P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

Took this tour on Dec 26, 2015. It was one of the best activities we did on South Island. My kids didn and #39;t swim with dolphins but afterwards were whining for missing the best part. The staff was super friendly and polite.

They provide swim suit which keeps warm and float.

Heather M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Such an amazing experience. I love the fact that this is based on the conservation of the dolphins, they do not feed or make sounds to encourage the dolphins but rather leave it up to the natural curiosity of them to some check out the humans floating in their waters. The crew was great, very knowledgeable and ensured we had a fabulous time.

Florian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

Incredible expierience! I love it!

Megan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

We had a great time on the harbour. The dolphins were about. The swimming was fine and the wet suits warm.

Andrew S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

This tour was amazing!

BENJAMYN Y USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2014

The drive was pretty to the small town of Akaroa. We arrived, and it was an overcast drizzly morning. By the time we got out on the water, the sun came out and the clouds cleared away. We sighted 10-15 dolphins, and were able to get out of the boat twice. The second time, the dolphins were more interested and started swimming through the group. It was fun vocalizing in the water through our snorkels to attract the dolphins. When we got back to the dock, the clouds came back and it started raining hard. We had the perfect window to go out. And the entire staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend the hot water poured into the back of our wetsuit! :-)

Jennifer F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Very friendly and interesting staff. We would recommend the company to anyone wishing to experience the dolphins.

Sheldon W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Great if you like - I mean, really like - dolphins. The trip went well, staff were proficient and competent in explaining the natural history of these dolphins. They emphasized that, as wild creatures in their natural environment, guarantees of behaviour could not be made. In the event we had only limited contact with these mammals and, although this met the terms of our booking, they voluntarily provided a partial refund. If you like dolphins this firm presents itself as knowledgeable and of high integrity. I strongly commend and recommend them.

Mandy M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

I found this tour very interesting. The staff were very friendly. We saw several dolphins close to the boat but unfortunately none of them stayed close by so we couldn't actually swim with the dolphins. We got refunded $50 because of that which was great. On the way back we also got some hot chocolate. I'd go again if I was ever in the area again.

Julianne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2013

Great crew and experience. Met lovely people from all around the world and also met 6 Hector's dolphins! Hot chocolate and a gingernut biscuit on the way back was greatly appreciated. Highly recommend this tour.

Isabella C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

We had a great time. The sights are amazing and the guides were helpful. The water was a little brisk, but the wetsuits were fine. The dolphins came around, but weren't very interested in sticking around very long with us that day, but we still enjoyed ourselves. We were very happy with the experience, but the guides said it wasn't a full enough of an adventure and gave us a partial refund! Great experience.

Sas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2012

This was an incredible trip. We got to swim with quite a few dolphins and the guide was very informative. The dolphins were swimming right up to us and then around us. I wasn't scared at all even in the deep water. We were in the water for about 45 mins. You get thick wetsuites so you don't get cold

Maria N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
May 2012

Amazing experience! Wonderful landscapes to begin with, the dolphins are very social and it's so much fun to have them swimming right next to you! The staff is very enthusiastic and well informed. The water is cold, but the suits really help. Definitely a must-do if you are in the area!

Catherine H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2011

Excellent.....staff was inviting and entertaining. We saw numerous dolphins and they swam right up to the group!! Great experience......

John M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2010

I highly recommend swimming with the dolphins, it was a wedding present for me, and it was the best one i have ever had, and i would do it again next time we are in New Zealand. I have told every one about it, thank you for advertising it for us to find and book.

Lin S

4 star rating: Recommended
April 2016

Did not get to see the Dolphins. I know it is not in the control of your company. I did enjoy the trip, the boat driver and tour guide. I did enjoy jumping into the ocean with the wet suit on that was a great . Thank you for the experience.

Stephanie C

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2016

Interesting experience, but be forewarned that the water is really cold. Several people on our trip could not even be in the water at all. You are never very close to the dolphins, but they are amazing animals.

Tony O

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2013

BOOK DIRECTLY. The trip was freat but bookiing via Viatour was a mistake. I didn't receive any information about how fr it was from Christchurch, one hour, and I alsmost missed the tour.It was lucky I had a car. Also Viatour provided no address or directions on arrival and I had to wing it as I was in a hurry and no phone connection.

Katherine S

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2011

Ended up doing the Harbour Cruise, but was also enjoyable.

Michael C

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2011

Cute little dolphins. They swim by so fast though. Water was very cold, but the wetsuits helped. Not the same as swimming with the dolphins at Seaworld, but still a good experience.

nzamora

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2011

>Very cool experience! You can't touch the dolphins (which they explain), but it's really neat when they swim through the group! The water is very cold... but the wet suits and socks they give you keep you pretty warm. Don't forget your towel!

Geoffrey J Australia

3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2010

Unfortunate day for us, the weather was really bad and we didn't get to see any dolphins. Can't control nature, but the boat ride was great fun!

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