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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

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  • Location: Akaroa, New Zealand
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)

Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Swimming with Dolphins in Akaroa. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

4 star rating: Recommended
June 2011

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

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.

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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