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Akaroa Shore Excursion: Swim with Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour

  • Akaroa Harbour dolphin swim shore excursion
  • Enjoy a 3-hour cruise by a heated jet-powered boat
  • Includes wetsuit, mask and snorkel equipment
Akaroa Shore Excursion: Swim with Dolphins in Akaroa Harbour
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Dolphin Swim at 11:30amMost Popular
3-hour dolphin swim cruise including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 8 years
USD 117.63
Dolphin Swim at 1:30pm
3-hour dolphin swim cruise including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 8 years
USD 117.63
Dolphin Watch at 11:30am
3-hour dolphin watch cruise. Observe dolphins and swimmers from the boat. Recommended for children aged under 8 years and inexperienced swimmers
USD 59.83
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This Akaroa Harbour dolphin swim is the ultimate shore excursion while your ship docks at the port. You can observe Hector’s dolphins from the boat or don a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel and dive into the water to swim with the New Zealand dolphins — the smallest and rarest in the world. Enjoy a complimentary hot beverage and shower after your swim. With a maximum of 12 swimmers permitted per vessel, this 3-hour tour provides a small-group experience.
What to Expect
When your cruise ship docks in Akaroa, catch the tender to the main wharf, arriving at least 30 minutes before departure. Hop aboard a heated and covered jet-powered boat for your dolphin cruise. 

You’ll learn from the trained crew what to expect during your Akaroa Harbour dolphin swim and discover how to safely interact with New Zealand’s rare Hector’s dolphins while respecting that these are wild animals.

If you’ve opted to swim, slip on the provided wetsuit, mask, and snorkel, then jump into the tranquil waters of the sheltered bay to frolic with these sea mammals, whose calves can be seen between October and March. Then, enjoy a warm beverage and hot shower, available after your swim. 

If you’d prefer to stay dry on board, select the dolphin watch experience and snap photos of friends or family interacting with the dolphins in the water. (The dolphin swim option is not recommended for children under eight years of age.)

This shore excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Akaroa. Please allow yourself ample time to ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
Reviews (24)
1 - 5 of 18 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great day out

Sister in law came over from Scotland for her birthday and went swimming with dolphins. Had an amazing time (even tho she was very sea sick) big thank you to Alistair for looking after her and Sonya for a very informative and friendly check in...More

Thank Alan M
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile
Absolutely amazing

My partner and I stumbled across Black Cat Cruises. Walked into the shop after just missing a cruise and with half an hour we were out on the water looking for dolphins. We got extremely lucky we came across around 15 dolphins and had a...More

Thank Ryan199222222222
Reviewed 1 June 2018
fantastic sonya

we got lost & were late for our cruise but fantastic sonya waited for us a big thank you there, xx. the crew & cruise were fantastic the sea was choppy but who cares there were dolphins. beautiful creatures, you get in the water &...More

1  Thank Wendy T
Reviewed 30 April 2018
Swim with Dolphins

Such an awesome experience. The Hector Dolphins are the smallest in the world and are wild. So we had to wait for them to come close to the boat before getting in the water. But once in the water they are very inquisitive and loved...More

Thank MissWoggle
Reviewed 26 April 2018

Sooo our trip was cancelled a few times because of the weather conditions (nobody's fault, hey!) but finally we did it (and Akaroa is a great place to wait! :)). We had a perfect trip. We saw penguins on our way to the dolphins (and...More

Thank Alexandra G
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