Akaroa, New Zealand
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clock-o3 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English


Swim with dolphins at Akaroa Harbour, where Hector’s dolphins — found only in New Zealand — visit the waters of the Banks Peninsula. Cruising the sheltered harbor by jet-powered catamaran so you can swim up close, you’ll learn from the highly trained crew how to interact safely with the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins. Just 10 passengers are permitted per vessel, ensuring an intimate experience in a small group. Wetsuit, masks and snorkel are provided, along with a hot shower on board.
  • Swim with the rare and beautiful wild Hector's dolphins in a protected harbor
  • Enjoy a 2-hour cruise by a heated jet powered catamaran
  • Receive a 30-minute briefing on how to interact with the dolphins before spending 1-hour with these marine mammals
  • Includes wetsuit, mask and snorkel equipment
  • Small and intimate experience, only 10 swimmers permitted per vessel
Start your swim-with-dolphins tour in New Zealand’s South Island by climbing aboard a jet-powered catamaran at Akaroa Harbour — the flooded crater of an extinct volcano surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanic cliffs. During a briefing and instruction on how to interact responsibly with the Hector’s dolphins, learn what to expect prior to your water adventure. Then don your provided wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, and slip into the tranquil harbor to observe these magnificent marine mammals up close.

Your highly trained crew ensures your safety on a memorable dolphin swim during this 3-hour tour, popular due to the limited number of passengers permitted per departure (limited to 10). The covered vessel has no propellers, making it safer for you and the dolphins.

After your dolphin swim, you can warm up quickly in the heated cabin or take a hot shower, available on board.

This tour operator was the first cruise boat company in the world to get the coveted Green Globe 21, an international program to ensure best environmental practices.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Feb 2018

We had the privilege of spending forty five minutes in the water with Hector dolphins around us- an unforgettable experience!

, Oct 2017

we unfortunately never got to swim with the dolphins... they weren't cooperating :-

, Apr 2017

Even though we didn't get to swim with any dolphins, we had an amazing experience on the water watching the dolphins in their natural environment. The team were very apologetic for us not swimming with them, but we were offered a refund for that part of the tour. Would highly recommend this tour!!

, Apr 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.

, Mar 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.

, Feb 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.

, Feb 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

, Jan 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

, Jan 2016

Took this tour on Dec 26, 2015. It was one of the best activities we did on South Island. My kids didn'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.

, Dec 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.

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