Akaroa
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  • Akaroa: Swimming with Wild Dolphins 3-Hour Experience

    1. Akaroa: Swimming with Wild Dolphins 3-Hour Experience

    Swim with the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin. On New Zealand’s ultimate dolphin experience, you’ll have the chance to see and swim with Hector's dolphins close up, in the wild.  Check-in at Akaroa’s main wharf and meet the friendly crew who will provide you with a warm wetsuit, mask, snorkel, booties, gloves, and a hood if necessary. Climb aboard the jet-powered catamaran and cruise out into the sheltered harbor. The highly trained crew will give you a safety briefing and explain how to interact responsibly with the dolphins.  With only 12 swimmers permitted per vessel, you’ll have a greater chance of seeing the dolphins up close. Gear up and slip into the tranquil harbor waters to join the dolphins their natural habitat. The covered vessel has no propellers, making it safer for you and the dolphins. Warm up in the heated cabin or take a ho...

    Very well organsied, great safety briefing and clear instructions. We swam with about 8 dolpins and a Royal Albatros landed in the water near our group which was an extra bonus to see such a large majestic bird so close.

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What people are saying about Akaroa

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

It was amazing!! The dolphins came right up to us! Definitely reccomend swimming out a little further so you have a bit of distance between you and the group..as my partner and I had a lot of close contact with the dolphins. Remaining calm and being patient is important too.

Very well organsied, great safety briefing and clear instructions. We swam with about 8 dolpins and a Royal Albatros landed in the water near our group which was an extra bonus to see such a large majestic bird so close.

We had a great experience with the dolphins, some got very close. The organization was good, there was a lot of interesting information about the animals and the luck to see them in their natural environment was great!

There were only 8 of us on a speed boat, but if you get sick easily, you should think again ;-)

Wow wow wow - wanted to do this all my life! Very cool.