Swimming With Wild Dolphins In Akaroa

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Details :
    Akaroa, Akaroa, Canterbury Region, South Island
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Make a date with the worlds smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins only on Akaroa Harbour. There is only one place on the planet where you can swim with wild Hector's dolphins, also known as the New Zealand Dolphin, and that is the beautiful sheltered Akaroa Harbour.


  • Instant Confirmation
  • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
  • Snorkel gear included
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Know More about this tour

Akaroa Harbour is a sheltered harbour, a flooded crater of an extinct volcano surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanic cliffs. With a group limit of 12 people per vessel, the Akaroa Swimming with dolphins tour means it will be an even more intimate experience.

The 3-hour dolphin tour is very popular due to the limited number of passengers permitted per departure. Book now to avoid disappointment.

You will be guaranteed a safe and memorable dolphin swim.

Dolphin Sightseeing Guarantee - If you see dolphins but for some reason do not get to swim with them, then receive a part refund. 50% refund if no dolphins are found and a 25% refund if dolphins found but you are unable to swim with them. In the last 12 months we saw dolphins on 98% of our cruises and had successful swims on 81%.

  • All crew are highly trained. This means that you'll get a great briefing on how to interact with the dolphins and what to expect prior to your journey. They'll also give you safety instructions to allow you to enjoy your experience. If you are new to snorkeling and use of a wetsuit your crew will be on hand to help you out.
  • All equipment is provided including wetsuit, masks and snorkel. You only have to bring a swimsuit and a towel. With hot showers available.
  • The vessel is a heated, covered, jet powered catamaran. It's safer for you and the dolphins because there are no propellers. It's also heated so after your swim you can warm up quickly in the cabin.


2-hour dolphin swim

Wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire

Hot beverage after swim

Hot shower

Wetsuit, mask, snorkel (for those swimming)


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Photo pack available to be purchased on the day

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infants are free of charge for watching only

Children between 8yrs and 12yrs must be accompanied by an adult swimmer.

Children between 13yrs and 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult watcher.

Please note to join this activity you need to be able to swim a minimum of 50 meters unaided and be confident in open sea conditions.

Akaroa is ideally situated, only a 90 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport. You can either drive yourself or catch one of the shuttles, which operate daily between Christchurch city center and Akaroa.

Dolphin Sightseeing Guarantee - If you see dolphins but for some reason do not get to swim with them then receive a part refund. 50% refund if no dolphins are found and a 25% refund if dolphins found but you are unable to swim with them. In the last 12 months we saw dolphins on 98% of our cruises and had successful swims on 81%.

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  • 06-Jan-2020

    the opportunity to see the dolphins up close is wonderful. The sea was very rough the day we did the trip and we were right out at the centre of the mouth of the bay when they put us into the water. Trying to work out how to float in the bulky wetsuit in very choppy, dark water proved to be too much for me and I wound up climbing back onboard and watching from the boat. Be prepared that you will likely be in the marine park area where the sea can be choppy rather than in calm, clear waters as in the picture. It was a great experience and I recommend to definitely do it, but unless you are very confident in open-ocean waters, consider just paying to watch from the boat.

  • 30-Dec-2019

    The crew was phenomenal and we saw a ton of dolphins. Would highly recommend. We were on the larger of the 2 boats in size which definitely made it more enjoyable because we could stand outside.

  • 15-Feb-2018

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

  • 08-Oct-2017

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

  • 16-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!!

  • 19-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.

  • 07-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.

  • 27-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.

  • 16-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

  • 24-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

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