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Dolphin Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Brilliant experience, friendly staff

Highlight of my trip to New Zealand, although the intro talk and tour was a little rushed after... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Manchester, United Kingdom
I WILL NEVER FORGET 10th Feb 2015.

A Date that I will never forget, the experience of a life time! Swimming in open water with wild... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
dave h
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their acrobatic displays form the comfort of the boat.
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777

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Reviewed yesterday

Highlight of my trip to New Zealand, although the intro talk and tour was a little rushed after that when you are with the guide on the boat is is enjoyable with lots of time to ask questions. Unique experience and highly recommend to anyone...More

Thank On_my_travels_so_far
Reviewed 3 days ago

A Date that I will never forget, the experience of a life time! Swimming in open water with wild Dolphins, Snow capped mountains in the backdrop and feeling so privileged. I can really recommend this experience. This was experienced in 2015.

Thank dave h
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely incredible experience. The staff were super friendly and personable and just an all round amazing experience that I will remember forever! If I ever come back to NZ I will definitely be revisiting!

Thank Lucinda E
Reviewed 1 week ago

The feeling of swimming with hundreds of dolphins around you is hard to put in words. You have to experience this! And the staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. I was somewhat nervous about open ocean swimming with wild dolphins but from the moment I...More

Thank Richa M
Reviewed 1 week ago

It even exceeded our expectations. The enthusiastic reviews here are very correct. The skipper and the staff on the boat were knowledgeable and careful. They go easily improve the boarding process for the spectators asking them to come 30mins later as currently the swimmers go...More

Thank aybeesea
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hard to find words to describe this incredible experience. Very friendly staff, we were able to swim with about 300 dolphins! This is truly an NZ must do. The gear provided ist very good and keeps you warm in the water

Thank Rebekka D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can’t even describe how amazing this is! Totally worth it! Puts swimming with the dolphins at SeaWorld in the states to shame. Nothing like swimming with hundreds of wild dolphins in their natural habitat! So glad Kaikoura Boutique Hotel recommended it :)

Thank Megan H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Swimming with wild dolphins is one the best things I did in my life ! They were playing with us and I couldn't believe it ! Also love the way it was operated, small group and great guides.

Thank Roxane d
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The price might warn you off but honestly it’s soooooo worth it. We had the early session at 5:30am to go swimming with the dolphins, got there 10 mins earlier as we had forgotten to check in the day before. There were hundreds of dusky...More

Thank Mel C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent 3 weeks travelling round NZ doing various activities, from helicopter rides and jet boating to segway and wine tours. This was by far the best tour we went on. Incredible, once in a lifetime experience swimming with what felt like hundreds of dolphins....More

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Questions & Answers
22 August 2017|
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Response from Bellatravelscom | Reviewed this property |
They also offered floats to hold on to in the ocean. I took one for my first swim but didnt need it for the second swim
Mark and Cristy R
13 June 2017|
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Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
So sorry we missed your question! We can gratefully see a number of others have responded with spot in info! The rates are indeed NZ175 to swim and $95 to view. The rates/prices are in the bookings online, and also under... More
elizabeth h
11 November 2016|
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Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
Hi Elizabeth Thanks so much everyone for your responses! All are absolutely correct, we cater for all shapes and sizes from XXS through to 4XL (equivalent to about a woman's size 22/24) We also have one bigger sized... More