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Dolphin Swimming and Watching E-Ko-Tour from Picton provided by E-Ko Tours

Dolphin Swimming and Watching E-Ko-Tour from Picton

Dolphin Swimming and Watching E-Ko-Tour from Picton
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  • Duration: 2-4 hours
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Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-4 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 29441P4
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Wetsuits • Mask and Snorkel • Booties and Hoods (if needed) • Hot and cold Drinks • Chocolate biscuits • Entry/Admission - Marlborough Sounds
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2–4 hours
Departure details
E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand Follow BLUE line on Footpath to the Seal, Dolphin and Penguin. The Blue Line starts at the Visitor Information Center. Arrive at 0815 if your going to Swim for fitting of wet suit , mask and snorkel.
Inclusions
Wetsuits • Mask and Snorkel • Booties and Hoods (if needed) • Hot and cold Drinks • Chocolate biscuits • Entry/Admission - Marlborough Sounds
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
E-Ko Tours, 1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand Follow BLUE line on Footpath to the Seal, Dolphin and Penguin. The Blue Line starts at the Visitor Information Center. Arrive at 0815 if your going to Swim for fitting of wet suit , mask and snorkel.
Duration
2–4 hours
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Minimum age is 12 years
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Near public transportation
Most travellers can participate
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    E-Ko Tours
    1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Follow BLUE line on Footpath to the Seal, Dolphin and Penguin. The Blue Line starts at the Visitor Information Center. Arrive at 0815 if your going to Swim for fitting of wet suit , mask and snorkel.
    See address & details
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    Marlborough Sounds
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    Cruise the Majestic Marlborough Sounds looking for up to 5 species of Dolphin. The calmest Dolphin experience in New Zealand. Get amazing up-close encounters with an E-Ko Tour.
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  • You'll end at
    E-Ko Tours
    1 Wellington Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Follow BLUE line on Footpath to the Seal, Dolphin and Penguin. The Blue Line starts at the Visitor Information Center. Arrive at 0815 if your going to Swim for fitting of wet suit , mask and snorkel.
    See address & details
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nzp0ppy
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand14,559 contributions
Wonderful trip swimming with dolphins
Sep 2020
We were a family group of four and this was a special treat for a family trip- dolphin swimming. Instructions and crew were clear, concise and got the message across well. The boat was very comfortable, great ladder access in and out was excellent. loved the warm water down the wetsuit. We swam with common dolphins, dusky dolphins and seals. The water was cold as it is winter, but we forgot all about that we were so loving the dolphins. Once we were all changed and warm, the dolphins cruised with the boat and we were treated to aerial displays, dolphin bow swimming and leaps and jumps. My only suggestion is if you have booties, or waterproof socks or neoprene socks and gloves - wear them. I took mine, but the others in our group didnt and their toes were freezing.
it was an overcast day. Highly recommend.
Written 6 September 2020
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CmaSree
Wellington, New Zealand9 contributions
Not good !
Jul 2020
It was my hubby's birthday surprise for me and I must say it was not a great experience at least for me. The parking space was hard to find with no signs for people new to the area. Even with the instructions from them, it took us a while to park which made us a little behind the schedule. There started my unwelcome experience. Following that, the talk about the dolphins and what not's went ahead with us still in the dressing station as they said it was just a 'listening thing'. Onboard the boat when it was time to jump in, I was unsure about it with the snorkel. The staff (non-native speaker) was very discouraging and asked me to stay behind. Not all those who register for these exemplary experiences can't be all 100 % confident and brave enough to dive in at the word 'Go'. A little bit of assurance can go a long way for some people like me. I had to PLEAD to her thrice for my chance to gather my courage and try the experience. Finally, I had my chance and jumped in and didn't go any further only to retreat to the boat. Afterwards, I was asked to change in open with no choice of a changing station. The staff appeared to be friendly after I got back, but what use? However, my hubby and others enjoyed it well, so the three stars. The only exciting part of the tour for me was watching dolphins after this harrowing experience. I would recommend this tour only for experienced people and not amateurs for their sakes.
Written 30 August 2020
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tresag7201
Blenheim, New Zealand400 contributions
Swimming with Dolphins
Great morning out this morning.
9am departure on a clear calm sunny Marlborough day.

We did not have to wait long to see the common dolphin . Just outside Picton harbour and the swimmers were getting in the water .

The dolphins came over to the boat and and began swimming round

We left this group of dolphins and moved further up the Queen Charlotte sound to see another pod . Then the Dusky Dolphins joined us and two seals .

Also got close to the rare Black Shag (650 of them now worldwide ) .

The E-ko boat we were was very clean tidy, binoculars available , toilet, commentary on the dolphins . Hot chocolate, tea , coffee.
Hot hose shower to warm you up after each swim .

Captain Paul and guide Josephine were very approachable friendly and enthuastic .

E-Ko Tours are very strict in respecting all marine /department of conservations (DOC) rules with regards the spending time with the dolphins following them and also swimming with them . If there are young / baby dolphins or Orcas then you are unable to go in swimming .

Very enjoyable morning . We were away for just over 1.5 hrs .

Definitely recommend E-Ko tours for swimming or just spectating the swimmers .

Written 16 August 2020
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thereselord
Toowoomba, Australia43 contributions
Definitely worth doing but wild animals are wild animals!
We took this tour hoping to swim with the larger dolphins however wild animals being just that, wild, they didn’t see fit for us to meet with them. Instead we got to see a huge percentage of the Marlborough Sounds’ Hector’s dolphins! They were in a very social mood so we got to see them jumping and raving and generally showing off! As this type of dolphin is protected we were not able to swim with them. Miranda and Paul took very good care of us and did their utmost for us to have the best experience we could. I have to say I appreciated the extra mile Paul went to help me. I am most certainly not your normal size 10 so I needed a bigger wet suit to most and found it difficult to get into. Paul helped me to get into it and didn’t make me feel self conscious or ill at ease and was very friendly and nice. Thanks Paul!
Written 21 February 2020
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josephinewekotours
So glad the hectors put on a performance for you and that we made you feel very comfortable, it was a pleasure to have you on our trip. Thank you
Written 6 March 2020
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Chris Elliott
London, UK10 contributions
Dolphin Swimming Tour February 2020
Feb 2020
Such a friendly team and really knew their stuff. Such a calm and beautiful place to go dolphin watching. We got up really close to Hectors dolphins who played around the boat and seemed very interactive. We couldn't swim with them as they are protected but such a great experience to see them. Would highly recommend.
Written 20 February 2020
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josephinewekotours
Glad you got to see the little Hectors dolphins, thank you for choosing us
Written 6 March 2020
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Dorris W
Santa Cruz, CA34 contributions
Fantastic day with Hector's Dolphins!
Jan 2020
So glad I went on the dolphin swim trip. Although we did not find any of the species of dolphins you are allowed to swim with, we spent over an hour with a pod of very playful, active, friendly Hector's dolphins. These dolphins are rare and protected here in Marlborough Sound so that you are not allowed to swim with them. No worries. The close up viewing with them was spectacular! I am so appreciative of the captain (owner?) for staying with these dolphins for so long and letting everyone aboard get such great looks and observations. They leaped, they spy hopped, they played around the boat for over an hour! Thanks, crew!!! Wonderful day. The company even gave us a partial refund for not getting to swim with dolphins. Great customer service!
Written 6 February 2020
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josephinewekotours
We are so glad that the Hectors chose to interact with you and put on a show! They are amazing to see, thank you for touring with us.
Written 6 March 2020
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JaneH
7 contributions
Great morning on the water
Jan 2020 • Couples
We booked a swim for my husband and just watching for myself. Booked direct and after a hitch with the website and exchange of emails their helpful staff sorted it out.
Great morning out on the beautiful Sound. Stunning scenery. Fun and knowledgeable staff taught us a lot about the beautiful mammals. We saw seals and King Shag birds , and Little Hector’s dolphins which you can’t get in the water with but sadly the larger dolphins were playing somewhere else despite Paul and Miranda’s exhaustive attempts to find them.
Those in wetsuits got the chance of a dip in amongst some other fish in a secluded spot.
Great trip though for all the above reasons.
Later we received an email to say that 50$NZ had been refunded for my husband ( as promised although we don’t go asking for it) because there was no swimming with the dolphins. A very good gesture and appreciated.
Got hot drink and biscuits to keep us going too.
Well organised and fun.
Written 25 January 2020
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josephinewekotours
Wow so glad you got to see the Hectors and king shag, thank you for touring with us it is our pleasure.
Written 6 March 2020
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chachadu89
Joigny, France28 contributions
Normally have to swim with dolphin
Dec 2019 • Solo
Not lucky for this day because de saw the Hector dolphin and we couldn't swim with them.
They are very reactive and try To do your maximum for make this tour an adventure amazing ! And they refund 20$ back.
They respect the animals and take ouf time To make us appreciate to look after them.
Thank you
Written 31 December 2019
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josephinewekotours
We are really happy you enjoyed our tour, thank you for your feedback and sorry the dolphins did not perform for you!
Written 6 March 2020
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Mereontheroad
Orangeville, Canada64 contributions
Wow! Unique and Memorable Experience
Dec 2019
I highly recommend this tour! We had an amazing time that we will always remember. Captain Paul and all of the staff were wonderful. I'd never worn a wet suit before so that was a bit of an adventure! We didn't have to go far before we spotted the dolphins. Two important considerations for this tour are: the dolphins are wild and they only appear on their own terms. There is a possibility you will not see them. Luckily for us, we had great success both with swimming with them and just watching them. We had two excellent opportunities to be in the water with the dolphins swimming around us. Afterwards, we watched as they fed and then played around in the water. It was a wonderful experience!
Written 22 December 2019
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Kia Ora :-) Thanks for your positive Feedback and enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand
Written 25 December 2019
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lakragh
Copenhagen, Denmark6 contributions
Fantastic and authentic experience
Dec 2019
We had an incredible day in the sounds with E-ko tours. They we accommodating and knowledgeable in every aspect of the tour. We could really feel that their first priority was to the animals and respect their behaviour and nature, yet still giving us an unforgettable experience.

E-ko Tours are the only dolphin swimming operators in Picton and they only take out about 15 people a day.
Written 12 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Kia Ora :-) Thanks for your positive Feedback and enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand. Yes the animal's welfare is our top priority and also your enjoyment
Written 25 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Lynne H
Lynne H
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Not to be missed.
This is a not to be missed tour. I took my grandson on this trip on Monday 12th July 2021 and he exclaimed he woul
Paddy H
Paddy H
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E Ko tours rock
Fantastic and informative tour through the sounds and to the Bird sanctuary. Friendly and fun staff, a nice touch t
Excursion48078498916
Excursion48078498916
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Great trip
Great trip Great staff lucky to see a pod of Dolphins Why do we have to write 100 characters some of us don't write
jene468
jene468
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Sounds Magic
My family and I spent an amazing afternoon with the E-Ko crew on this tour yesterday. First stop Hectors dolphins p
ArasNaneek52
ArasNaneek52
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Fabulous trip and staff, highly recommend
Lovely half day out on the boat yesterday. Really impressed with the staff and their expert guiding. Well worth doi
damadev
damadev
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Lovely tour
The crew was very friendly and even though we didn’t spot any dolphins it was worth the trip. Lovely day!
NadiaL2066
NadiaL2066
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Definately worth it
I did a last minute booking because I was keeping an eye on the weather. So glad I decided to book this trip-even t
gwendah2015524
gwendah2015524
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Wonderful trip thoroughly recommended
Wonderful trip to Motuara Island. The guide, Nikki, was enthusiastic and knowledgable and clearly loved the wildlif
NakiGingham
NakiGingham
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Awesome Tour, must do
We had a wonderfull tour and I highly recommend this for all Kiwis - visit your own back yard! The tour was to Mot
Tanya C
Tanya C
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Stunning scenery
Professionally run tour, saw beautiful Hector dolphins. Motuara is stunning, saw robins but not a lot of birds, but
YuneneB
YuneneB
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Family friendly and stunning
We did a morning cruise as we had an afternoon ferry to catch. These guys were the only company which returned in p
sara_fearon
sara_fearon
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Great way to spend a day in Picton
Ended up on this one instead of the short afternoon one, due to booking numbers on the day. But it was great, got t
rozinz
rozinz
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Best day Eva!
I can't imagine anyone regretting booking this trip. My kids (5,7 and 11yrs) kept saying "Best day ever". We were t
Gingerchopper
Gingerchopper
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Excellent tour.
Everything. Was superb. The wildlife we saw, the skipper, the guide, the comfort of the boat, the kindness and enjo
louiselU4785QW
louiselU4785QW
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Disappointing dolphin swim
The staff were lovely and the boat trip was nice. We were meant to swim with dolphins but couldn’t as there were no
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