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Dolphin Encounter

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Opens in 24 min: 07:30 - 18:00
Open today: 07:30 - 18:00

Dolphin Encounter
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Swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their acrobatic displays form the comfort of the boat.
Opens in 24 min
Hours Today: 07:30 - 18:00
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We did not book in advance but were lucky to come the same day and find out they had cancellations. They give 5 opportunities to hop on and off the boat to dive and show you were the dolphins are while you are in the...More

Thank Hans T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were originally booked on the 12pm tour but switched to a 7am tour following advice from one of the helpful staff about the behaviours of the dolphins that week. We were given wetsuits, flippers and a mask and snorkel and watched a short safety...More

Thank RachDLH
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Amazing experience to swim with wild dolphins in open sea! Just WOW! There are plenty of them to come and swim around you! Wetsuites are great. The water feels really warm with them on so that's no excuse:) After swimming plenty of time to take...More

Thank dimels
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it was a rough sea this day, it was an experience I will never forget ! The dolphins came so close and they were so many. And they where in a good mood, it seemed they played with us - it was breath taking....More

Thank DieBritt2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This trip was so lovely, experienced, well presented staff and wonderful from the conservation aspect that these people really respect the wild life aspect of the tour. We were so fortunate to be able to interact with these awesome speedy creatures, and it was fantastic...More

Thank 64ladyp
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely activity! Before getting up on the boat there is a pretty long (but funny) introduction about safety and the dolphins. A bus brings all people to the boats and once on the boats, the group is not that large anymore, since they...More

Thank Matty B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Myself and children 5&7 managed to get in on sunday,wow what a fantastic trip and well worth it.Staff were fantastic,friendly and not even my little kids could phase them.Trip itself was a priceless memory for myself.Kids first time on a boat,life jackets put on before...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were very lucky but after suiting up in the most wetsuit layers I have ever worn a short ride out to where the dolphins were spotted earlier led to us getting in the icy water to be surrounded by dusky dolphins. Despite 3 boats...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very well organized operation, with skilled guides that will do their best to deliver. Their equipment is great, too. You will also see many dolphins and they will probably come play around the boat. There is a real problem with visibility in...More

Thank Kamen_777
DolphinEncounter, Guest Relations Manager at Dolphin Encounter, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Kamen Thanks for your review and your feedback. We are sorry to learn that your tour experience was not all you had hoped for. One of the best things about our tour is that we encounter wild animals in their natural environment; of course...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing trip and brilliantly organised. We didn't see any dolphins, so we were refunded the swim price. I didn't use the GoPro I rented from them, so I was refunded that too. The reason we didn't see any dolphins was because there were KILLER WHALES...More

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12 September 2018|
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Response from Eliza K | Reviewed this property |
We saw some whales from the dolphin boat but I don’t know if that Halle a every time. The dolphin swim is worth it
12 September 2018|
Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
Hi there, thanks for your enquiry; great to hear that you are planning a visit! We are not permitted to view whales on our tour so to swim with dolphins and view whales you would need to do our tour and a trip with Whale... More
Melissa R
13 January 2018|
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Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
Hi Melissa Not sure how we missed your question sorry! The answers you have received are spot on - book as far ahead as you are able! :-) April is quite a busy time of year and tours are often waitlisting. Also that... More