Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa

Swimming with Wild Dolphins in Akaroa

Make a date with with Black Cat to meet the worlds smallest, rarest and friendliest dolphins only on Akaroa Harbour. There is only one place on the planet where you can swim with wild Hector's dolphins, also known as the New Zealand Dolphin, and that is the beautiful destination of Akaroa Harbour.

With only 12 swimmers per vessel this is an intimate wildlife experience. During your briefing and instruction you will learn how to interact responsibly with Hector’s dolphins and what to expect prior to your water adventure. Then don your provided wetsuit and mask and slip into the blue waters to observe these magnificent marine mammals up close.

After your dolphin swim, you can warm up quickly in the heated cabin and enjoy a warm hot chocolate and biscuit onboard, followed by a hot shower when back at the wharf.

There is an option to join this experience as a spectator of the swim experience. This option to watch is only available when booking and travelling with a swimmer.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Akaroa Harbour, Canterbury, New Zealand

Akaroa Harbour is a sheltered harbour, a flooded crater of an extinct volcano surrounded by awe-inspiring volcanic cliffs. With a group limit of 12 people per vessel, the Akaroa swimming with dolphins tour means it will be an even more intimate experience.

The 3-hour dolphin tour is very popular due to the limited number of passengers permitted per departure. Book now to avoid disappointment.

You will be guaranteed a safe and memorable dolphin swim.

Dolphin Sightseeing Guarantee - If you see dolphins but for some reason do not get to swim with them, then receive a part refund. 50% refund if no dolphins are found and a 25% refund if dolphins found but you are unable to swim with them. In the last 12 months we saw dolphins on 98% of our cruises and had successful swims on 81%.
• All crew are highly trained. This means that you'll get a great briefing on how to interact with the dolphins and what to expect prior to your journey. They'll also give you safety instructions to allow you to enjoy your experience. If you are new to snorkeling and use of a wetsuit your crew will be on hand to help you out.
• All equipment is provided including wetsuit, masks and snorkel. You only have to bring a swimsuit and a towel. With hot showers available.
• The vessel is a heated, covered, jet powered catamaran. It's safer for you and the dolphins because there are no propellers. It's also heated so after your swim you can warm up quickly in the cabin.

Stop At: Akaroa, Akaroa, Canterbury Region, South Island

The historic French Village of Akaroa and its spectacular harbour is just a 90 minutes drive from Christchurch.

Informacion Adicional
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level"
"Children Swimmers between 8yrs and 12yrs must be accompanied by an adult swimmer."
"Children between 13yrs and 17yrs must be accompanied by an adult spectator."
"Akaroa is ideally situated, only a 110 minute drive from Christchurch International Airport. You can either drive yourself or catch one of the shuttles, which operate daily between Christchurch city center and Akaroa."
"Life Jackets are not provided or permitted and if one is required this product is not suitable, please join our Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise."
"In the event that you do not have a successful swim a 30% refund will be processed."
"Minimum age for a child to Swim with Dolphins is 8yrs and to join as a spectator 4yrs"
"Final Check in time is 15 minutes prior to Tour Time"
"If you have Asthma/Allergies please know you are required to have your inhaler/EpiPen with you"
"Please reconfirm your reservation the day prior so weather updates can be given."
"All medical conditions need to be declared as this product may not be suitable due to injuries or recent surgeries."
"This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"

Duración: 3 Hours
Lugar de comienzo: 1: Akaroa, Main Wharf, Akaroa, Christchurch 7520, New Zealand
2: Akaroa, Main Wharf, Akaroa, Christchurch 7520, New Zealand

Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.


  • 3-hours Including suiting up/showers (2 hrs out on the water)
  • Wetsuit and mask (for those swimming)
  • Hot Chocolate & biscuit
  • Includes a full, live commentary from skipper
  • Hot Shower Facilities
  • Final Check in is 15 minutes prior to Tour Time

No Incluye

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


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