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Dolphin Encounter

price$55-$180 (NZD)

In amongst the varied and vibrant sea life found off Kaikoura is the spectacular dusky dolphin, found in pods of up to several hundred strong and one of the most delightfully exuberant characters of the southern ocean.

Kaikoura’s Dusky Dolphins

Joyous. Social. Acrobatic. Delightful. Kaikoura’s dusky dolphins are heart-warming characters you’ll remember forever.
They’re the most acrobatic of the dolphin species, so be ready for the best dolphin show on earth-because Kaikoura is one of the best places on the planet to encounter them in their natural habitat.

Dolphin Swimming

Swimming with dolphins is a unique and sought after activity often being described as a life-changing experience; creating the most special and heart-warming memories of any activity.
There is a limit of just 16 swimmers on each vessel with plenty of additional space for watching. We have three dolphin swimming vessels and are able to operate up to three tours per day.
Please book your dolphin swim seats as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Both swimmers and watchers travel on the same boat.

Prices: $180 Adults $165 Children (8-14 years)

Dolphin Watching

Watching Kaikoura's dusky dolphins has a uniqueness all of its own.
The opportunity to join the tour as a watcher provides spectacular viewing of these acrobatic and energized dolphins. Also witnessing the interaction between swimmers and dolphins is a fascinating experience and could quite accurately be described as the most incredible dolphin show you are likely to see.

Watchers and swimmers travel on the same boat so if someone in your group prefers to watch rather than swim, this is not a problem as all guest will travel together.
The boats are specifically built with optimum viewing in mind and have upstairs decks as well as walk around bows to enable you to capture the perfect images.

Prices: $95 Adults $55 Children (3-14 years)

Dolphin Encounter (Encounter Kaikoura) is a Qualmark Endorsed visitor activity and has attained the Enviro Gold Qualmark rating.
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Helpful information
Summer: 5.30am, 8.30am, 12.30pm - dependent on weather & sea conditions   Winter:  8.30am, 12.30pm - dependent on weather & sea conditions More Information:
  • Conference Facilities: Conference facilities available
  • Meeting Rooms: Two meeting rooms available
Directions: Dolphin Encounter is located within the Encounter Kaikoura complex at 96 Esplanade, which is on the beachfront, approx 800 meters from the town center.
Contact information Encounter Kaikoura Office
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300
p+64 3 319 6777
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