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Dolphin Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Exceptionally fun and interactive

A beautiful way to celebrate as a close family unit. A unique joyful experience to swim and play... read more

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Amy S
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This was a terrific tour. It was somewhat rough, and got rougher as the morning went on (and the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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  • Average1%
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A beautiful way to celebrate as a close family unit. A unique joyful experience to swim and play with an amazing species who taught me that life is meant for living each moment in joy, peace and playfulness. Dolphins live to play. No greed or...More

Thank Amy S
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was a terrific tour. It was somewhat rough, and got rougher as the morning went on (and the rain started as well) - but the staff were determined to find dolphins for us. We did find several pods - and got in the water...More

Thank iam5695
Reviewed 2 days ago

Best thing I've done; absolutely amazing. The dolphins swim so close! The staff are incredible, and the whole process from start to finish was flawless. If you're considering doing the swim, just go for it. You will not regret it. A few tips: Take motion...More

Thank uttama84
Reviewed 2 days ago

Dolphin Encounter was definitely a highlight of our New Zealand Honeymoon! I did the swim and my wife chose to stay on the boat, and it was perfect for both of us! I was disappointed the water wasn't very clear so we couldn't see the...More

Thank Erik R
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fantastic experience, you must be a decent swimmer, but my 13-year-old and I absolutely loved it. We felt safe and well-informed, thanks to the friendly staff members. We saw lots of dolphins and one circled me which was a thrill. Overall, worth the long drive...More

Thank scanlr
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The highlight of our trip so far! Dolphin Encounter staff were incredibly professional and enthusiastic. I wear prescription glasses and they had a mask with prescription lenses for me that worked very well! The skipper was able to locate 3 species of dolphins and we...More

Thank pschreiner
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My boyfriend booked this activity for my 21st birthday and it was one of the best things I've ever done - a must do! The staff were very friendly on arrival and throughout the trip, they were also very knowledgable about the dolphins. We managed...More

Thank Phoebe P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must! My 9 yo and husband were lucky to swim with dolphins. My 7 yo( being too young) watched from the boat. An amazing experience. Great staff. Unforgettable. We will be back when our youngest is old enough to go in the water!

Thank Gen H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a lovely experience in the beautiful Kaikoura. Staff were top notch and made the experience all the better. Would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Kaikoura.

Thank lefre151
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the highlight of our trip and possibly our favorite thing we've ever done on any trip. It was not a touristy activity. The team from Dolphin Encounter drives around until they find a wild pod of dolphins and then the swimmers jump in....More

Thank do001m
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Melissa R
13 January 2018|
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Response from relax-eat-swim360 | Reviewed this property |
I would certainly recommend booking, as from what we saw when visiting, they are busy all through the summer months. Booking also gives you the option of choosing the time which will be most convenient to you (the 12:30 and... More
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22 August 2017|
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Response from Bellatravelscom | Reviewed this property |
They also offered floats to hold on to in the ocean. I took one for my first swim but didnt need it for the second swim
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