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Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa

  • 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
Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa
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Dolphin Swim at 11:30amMost Popular
2-hr dolphin swim in Akaroa including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 9 years
From USD 123.11
Dolphin Swim at 1:30pm
2-hr dolphin swim in Akaroa including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 9 years
From USD 123.11
Dolphin Swim at 8:30am
2-hr dolphin swim in Akaroa including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 9 years
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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.
What to Expect
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.
Reviews (69)
1 - 5 of 41 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Dolphin swim!

We finally got to do our swim with the Hector dolphins and it was all we thought it would be! Yes, the water was a bit chilly, but worth it to see these little dolphins up close. The staff were great (Alister & Dave) and...More

Thank Tracy J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
NO.1 Experience - a must do in beautiful Akaroa!!

Had an amazing time swimming with dolphins with Black Cat cruises!! The whole experience was fantastic - from the check-in, to the donning the gear, the stunning trip out, the dolphin spotting, swimming, the informative and entertaining commentary, hot water hose down afterwards, followed by...More

Thank Lizzza-m
Reviewed 8 October 2018
Cold but fun.

Dan and Dave were great and helpfull guides. Pacific Ocean was a little windy, but we saw quite a lot of Hector Dolphins and we was in the water with a group that interacted with us for 20 min. They were swimming close around us...More

Thank Lene Fogelberg H
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile
Swimming with dolphins

Amazing experience Dave and Alistair went above and beyond. Dolphins were incredible there are no words to explain how wonderful this was.

Thank RochelleL296
Reviewed 31 August 2018
Very BEST experience of our 2 months in New Zealand

Swimming with the smallest and rarest dolphin in the world was truly incredible. The whole experience was deeply moving – a Once In A Lifetime Adventure. Truly mind blowing and AMAZING! My eyes still well up with tears when I remember “my” little Hector's Dolphin...More

Thank Megan-FancyFree
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9 April 2018|
Response from JulianD1593 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately I'm no dolphin expert but normally the weather is calmer earlier in the morning and the wind strengthens as that day goes on. Have a brilliant swim!