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Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-319 6777
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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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We booked the dolphin adventure and it was one of the highlights of New Zealand. One day prior to the activity please check (in the office hours) if the encounter is happening... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We booked the dolphin adventure and it was one of the highlights of New Zealand. One day prior to the activity please check (in the office hours) if the encounter is happening, else you may land up all the way from Christchurch or where ever...... The wetsuits cover you from head to toe and they are buoyant....you cannot sink. Snorkeling... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This experience was just great! It was incredible being in the water with the dolphins. The tour operators were amazing with helping us on and off the boat and getting us warmed up after the encounter. We had several opportunities to get in the water with the dolphins. They are very fast! And they will get bored and leave if... More 

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Thank Elizabeth Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a most incredible experience. They provided wet suits and a brief orientation before getting shuttled to the pier where we boarded a boat the was to try and find some dolphins. About 30 minutes out to sea we were in the water, trying to attract some nearby dolphins. And they responded! At first, they kind of come out... More 

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India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Words and images cant do justice to some experiences. The Dolphin Encounter was one such experience for us. We went for the afternoon trip and were lucky to find a couple of playful dolphins. We spent the next hour swimming in the company of these dolphins which was a memorable experience. Go for the morning trip if you have the... More 

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Darlington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are keen naturalists and are privileged to have seen some truly spectacular nature on our frequent travels. Our swimming with dolphins is right up there as one of the best. Dolphin Encounter run two trips per day, 0530 and 1230. These are slick well drilled operations run by a highly skilled and professional team. We opted for the 0530... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I booked this tour at the last minute as my Whale Watch tour had been cancelled due to lack of whales. Fortunately, the Dusky Dolphins were more co-operative!!! Unfortunately, because I booked at the last minute, there were no more swimming places available that day, so I went as an observer. The dolphins and their human guests all looked to... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We joined Encounters on one of their boats sailing from Kaikoura, New Zealand to view the dolphins. After a Health and Safety briefing and informed what to expect - that dolphins are a wild animal and sightings depend if they in the area and are inquisitive. There was about 16 divers that wanted to experience swimming with dolphins and about... More 

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Strathpeffer, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked a trip a few days ahead and all swim berths were already taken. Went ahead anyway as a "viewer" Very efficient service from friendly and knowledgeable staff. Their boats are really good,well equipped and comfortable both for travel and viewing.Spent an enchanting 90 mins or so with the Dusky Dolphins. Do not miss this company off your to do... More 

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are traveling the south island for 3 weeks and when we got to Kaikoura our hotel manager said the dolphins are in mating/breeding season so they haven't been spotted in the 100s. So we didnt plan to swim with them until we met another traveler on the Oahu waterfall walk who said it was the best experience. We signed... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wanted our two young daughters to experience seeing these wonderful creatures in their natural environment, and I have to say we were blown away by this experience. Dont think about it twice, its something that will stick with you for a long time. Awesome staff, very professional operation, and I can’t fault it at all. Highly recommended.

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