Cruise Excursion: Akaroa Swim with Dolphins

Cruise Excursion: Akaroa Swim with Dolphins

A shore excursion with the unique opportunity to swim with the world’s smallest, rarest and endangered dolphins — Hector’s dolphins, these dolphins are only found in the waters surrounding the southern half of the South Island of New Zealand.

Akaroa’s beautiful sheltered harbor is the only place where you can actually swim with the rare Hector’s dolphins. With a maximum of 12 swimming participants, this tour provides a fun-filled small-group experience.

The swim boat departs every day at 11.30 am or 1.30 pm from the wharf, adjacent to where your cruise ship tender will berth and depart from. Prior to your departure you will be equipped with wetsuit, mask, snorkel and flippers.

Please Note: This is a Cruise Excursion Tour, Please only book this tour, if you are disembarking from a cruise ship into the local port. As transfers or starting points will begin from the port terminal.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruises Ship Shore Excursions
From: Akaroa to Akaroa
Price: From (NZD) $175 per person
Duration: 2 Hours
Tour Code: LT09CS

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 & 1:30pm
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Return Details: 1:30pm & 3:30pm (all year) at 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
  • Must advise which cruise ship you are arriving on at time of booking
  • 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 8-14 years inclusive

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Cruise Excursion: Akaroa Swim with Dolphins
Sightseeing Tours
Tour Code: LT09CS
From (NZD) $175 per person
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