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Dolphin Encounter

#1 of 28 Tours in Kaikoura Features Animals
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Fantastic experience

Had young children so didn't do the swim, but just watched from the boat for the dolphins. Were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kathryn B
Cold, but totally worth it!

Despite it being mid winter, I was committed to doing this trip from the beginning of my trip... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Abbie M
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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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  • Very good6%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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+64 3-319 6777

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Had young children so didn't do the swim, but just watched from the boat for the dolphins. Were not disappointed - fabulous wild dolphins and so many! Would swim next time if we can though. It was very cold (mid winter so not surprising) but...More

Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Despite it being mid winter, I was committed to doing this trip from the beginning of my trip around NZ and it didn't disappoint! After a worrying 4 days of stormy weather, the sky and sea brightened up just in time for our trip on...More

Thank Abbie M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Do this trip if your in NZ, hopefully everyone gets a day that we did which was amazing. So many dolphins and even seals were in the water. Swimming with them and watching them leap out of the water is just one of the many...More

Thank DamoTravels23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was a very cold morning so we decided to opt for the viewing rather than swimming. It was difficult to find the dolphins, but they did, and were very generous with the time. The customer service of our two guides was very professional and...More

Thank JrodNos
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The guide and skipper on our trip were exceptional and whilst it isn't exactly a comfortable experience for the most part (choppy seas, freezing water) that's to be expected for this kind of experience. What isn't acceptable is the management hiding behind their stock excuses...More

1  Thank Katie P
Reviewed 10 June 2017

呢一日我地去左dolphin encounter🐬, 實在highly recommended 啊!!! 呢個係我係nz呢度最難忘經歷!!!!! 可惜無帶go pro, 所以影唔到相,但呢一莫莫,我已看在眼,記在心中💛。 係海中心,起碼有幾百隻dolphins圍住係你四圍,游來游去。有啲貪玩既dolphins仲會主動游埋黎圍住你轉。又見到啲dolphin bb好可愛咁跟住mama游。可愛到暈啊!!!!但啲水真係勁凍,而我玩完上船後亦勁sea sick, 不過好值得去!!!!! .

Thank MsEugene
Reviewed 5 June 2017

Loved the dolphin swimming! On the day of the tour, the weather was terrible and windy and the staff weren't sure if it would go ahead til the last minute. I had become sceptical and I worried about having a cold, miserable experience (staff were...More

Thank NZRobin
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This Swim with Dolphins was one of the finest experiences I ever had. It was so much fun to swim with lot of Doplhins in 60-70 meters depth open water. Had the best time chasing, following and going around Dolphins. We got to swim in...More

Thank Vijay_24_86
Reviewed 26 May 2017

This dolphin encounter was really incredible. There was a bit of confusion when we checked into the dolphin encounter office as they weren't sure if it would be running. There had been a cyclone a few days before so the sea wasn't as clear as...More

3  Thank Sheilambutcher
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Bucket list worthy! Very professional organization w focus on safety for you and the dolphins. One of my top 3 experiences in New Zealand along w Glow Worm Caves in Waitamo and Kayaking the remote coast w Darryl at Abel Tasman National Park. Could not...More

2  Thank Margy W
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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
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elizabeth h
11 November 2016|
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Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
Hi Elizabeth Thanks so much everyone for your responses! All are absolutely correct, we cater for all shapes and sizes from XXS through to 4XL (equivalent to about a woman's size 22/24) We also have one bigger sized... More
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Gill P
5 October 2016|
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Hi Gill Not sure how we missed your question before sorry! Great responses from everyone too - thank you! Our success rate has been slightly over stated, whilst it is the highest in NZ for both locating and swimming with... More
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