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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 11:30am
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2-hr dolphin swim in Akaroa including wetsuit, mask and snorkel hire. Not recommended for children aged under 9 years
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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
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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 (74)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
The best experience possible in Akaroa.

The whole thing exceeded my expectations. The staff were friendly, educational and professional. It was a magical experience swimming with Hector's dolphins in their own natural environment. You get a bonus hot chocolate drink to warm up after the swim and you can purchase photos...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pink-Wolf
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fabulous! Don't miss this tour!

We had an amazing time swimming with the endangered Hector's dolphins with Black Cat Cruises in Akaroa. The team at Black Cat is knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat is so much more meaningful than swimming with dolphins in an...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Stephanie M
Reviewed 1 week ago
Wonderful experience!

It was an amazing experience, completely worth the price and even better than what I excepted! The all team is really nice and available! They are completely honest about the fact that if you are lucky you can see the dolphins and swim with them...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LudiD1991
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Awesome swimming with lots of dolphins!!!

We booked the bookme Deal for 129$ pp. for the dolphin swim and it was from the beginning until the end perfect!! The administration is good & quick, you get big dry bags for cameras etc and a locker for your valueables. Then you get...More

Thank sofiag608
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Absolutely mind blowing

I loved every single second of this experience. The crew were amazing I did this 22/11 but I can’t remember the names of the crew. We had so many dolphins around us and I was amazed at how close they got. Thanks for the awesome...More

Thank Chaz19900909
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10 December 2018|
Response from Stephanie M | Reviewed this property |
The water was very cold when we did it, so I’d recommend going later so it’s warmer outside. We went around 11am.
2 December 2018|
Response from 681tracyj | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure about the age limit, but being a good swimmer definitely helps. I'm a very confident swimmer, but never having worn one, I didn't realise how buoyant a wet suit is! It was a strange feeling at 1st (feeling of... More
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