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Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 3-319 6777
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Fee: Yes
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Swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their...

Swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their acrobatic displays form the comfort of the boat.

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Totally awesome dolphin experience

Very professional company, we booked a well in advanced, way before the kiakoura earthquake and the team at dolphin Encounter kept us updated constantly. On the day everything... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Chris T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very professional company, we booked a well in advanced, way before the kiakoura earthquake and the team at dolphin Encounter kept us updated constantly. On the day everything was well organised and the team were on hand to give advise on how best to interact with the dolphins and what to expect. Out on the water. Wow, what an experience,... More 

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Thank Chris T
Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My family and I were so glad that we made the trip to Kaikoura following the devastation of November's earthquake - we have not stopped talking about our experience at Dolphin Encounter since! Swimming with the dolphins was truely magical, they were curious and playful, enjoying swimming around me in circles while I followed. We were lucky enough to see... More 

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Kelsall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent operation. Choice of swimming which means some snorkelling experience is preferential or just watching. Boat with 16-18 swimmers and around the same number of Watchers only. A short bus ride to the jetty, into the boat and a 15 minute trip across the bay to the dolphins. In to the water for the swimmers as the rest of us... More 

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Columbia, SC
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The weather was a little cold & rainy, & the water was somewhat rough, but the crew made us feel safe, & experience of swimming with the dolphins was amazing. It was more exhausting than I expected, but I loved every minute of it.

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1 Thank malpassunity
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Those dusky dolphins are sooooooo playful!!! We had a blast in the water with them! I can't believe how close and inquisitive they were! The absolutely stunning sunrise was just the cherry on top of the Sunday! Incredible!!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came to Kaikoura specifically for this experience and it did not disappoint! From beginning to end the staff were professional and friendly - I would like to personally make note of Rachel who was my guide on the boat who was super friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The dolphins themselves were interactive and playful to swim with...an experience I will... More 

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Thank Candice W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We worried that this would be a bit touristy but on the recommendation of a friend who had been before we booked this. We are so very happy we did. Very professionally run from start to finish, Shantel was super informative and interesting and friendly. And the dolphin swims... one of the more fun things we've experienced.... we got in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was sort of dragged along on the Dolphin Encounter experience while visiting friends in N.Z. I decided that I did not want to actually get in the water but I would go along and I have to say... even just being on the boat and seeing the dolphins - I would do this again and again. It was magical... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The whole experience was excellent. Staff were great and the dolphin swimming was an experience I will never forget ! My 10 year old daughter loved it, she wanted to go again straight after!

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hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is just a tip for people travelling a long way as we did. We had booked for the 2pm trip and arrived with plenty of time to spare as we had driven for 4 hours to get there. When we checked in we were advised that due to the rising tide the trip had been cancelled. Very disappointing but... More 

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