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Encounter Kaikoura

Kaikoura: Dolphin Encounter Cruise

3.5 hours

Large group

Free Cancellation

What to Expect

Experience wild dolphins close-up on this cruise of the Kaikoura coast. Choose to watch their acrobatics from the boat or enter the water and swim with the dolphins.


Cruise along the scenic Kaikoura coast as you watch for dolphins. During the cruise, you'll be able to swim with the dolphins in their natural habitat or watch their antics from the comfort of the boat. Kaikoura is one of the best places in the world to encounter the Dusky Dolphins in their natural environment. The Dusky Dolphins are some of the most interactive and acrobatic species of dolphins, making them thrilling to watch and interact with. 


  • Encounter the Dusky Dolphin species in the wild
  • Enter the water and interact with the dolphins
  • See the breathtaking scenery along the Kaikoura coast
  • Observe dolphin acrobatics from the boat
  • Snorkel in the ocean


  • Dolphin watching cruise
  • Swim with the dolphins (if option selected)
  • Wetsuit with jacket, snorkel, mask, and fins (if swimming option selected)
  • Safety briefing
  • Commentary from expert guide
  • Souvenir information pack to take home


  • Food and beverages (available for purchase at the local partner's base)

Health Advisory

  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Masks are optional but are strongly recommended while indoors

Health Requirement

  • All participants who are over 12 years and 3 months old must present proof of full vaccination

Additional Information

  • In the summer months, the water temperature rarely rises above 19 degrees Celsius
  • In the winter months, the water drops to around 8 degrees Celsius
  • All boats used for swimming with dolphins have deck showers available
  • It is advisable to wear warm clothing and sensible footwear when checking in for the tour
  • All swimmers will be supplied with a well-fitted wetsuit
  • Hot showers are available in the changing rooms at the local partner's base after the tour


Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


$110.4 NZD

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