Akaroa Swim with the Dolphins

Akaroa Swim with the Dolphins

With Black Cat Cruises you will enjoy a once in a lifetime experience, supported by experienced local crew with world class facilities. Our experience and dedication to our local environment delivers a New Zealand must do activity here in Akaroa.

It’s the ultimate dolphin experience as you will be swimming with the endangered Hector’s Dolphin, the world’s rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin.

Hector’s dolphins are protected in Akaroa Harbour by a marine mammal sanctuary and our dolphin cruise gives you the chance to see and swim with these beautiful marine mammals close up in the wild in their natural habitat.

Hector’s dolphins are endemic to New Zealand, meaning that you will not find them anywhere else in the world, and Akaroa is the only place you can take a trip out to swim with them. An encounter with a Hector’s dolphin in the wild is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Black Cat Cruises donate a portion of all ticket sales back to the education and research of the endangered Hector’s dolphin, and we offer a fantastic dolphin guarantee policy due to our high swim success rate. This is possibly why Black Cat Cruises dolphin swim experience is listed in the Lonely Planet guide as on of the ‘Top 10 Marine Mammal Experiences in The World’!

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruises & Sailing Adventures
From: Akaroa to Akaroa
Price: From (NZD) $195 per person
Duration: 3 Hours
Tour Code: swimdolp

Inclusions

Full commentary from the skipper
Full bar facilities on board
Free tea & coffee
Optional photo pack
Wet suits, masks and snorkels provided
Full briefing on dolphin’s expected behaviour from dolphin guide
Hot drink and shower
Dolphin information brochure, certificate and dolphin postcard

Tour Departures

  • Frequency: Daily all year round
  • Departure Point: Main Wharf, Akaroa (check in 30 minutes prior)
  • Departure Time: 11:30am (all year) 8:30am or 1:30pm (Oct-Apr) 3:30pm (Sep-Apr)
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Return Details: Original point of departure
  • Closed: Operates all year round

What To Bring

  • Towel
  • Swim wear
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Walking Shoes
  • Camera

Important Information

  • Minimum of 2 passengers required to operate
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher
  • Child ages are 8-15 years inclusive

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Akaroa Swim with the Dolphins
Sightseeing Tours
Tour Code: swimdolp
From (NZD) $195 per person
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