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Sunrise wildlife sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve

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US$ 128.86
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    What to Expect
    The Sunrise Safari is our recommend trip of the day. The ocean is always much calmer in the early morning and the wildlife is more active. Your tour begins with a relaxed and informative introduction briefing, preparing you for your safe and fun adventure on Akaroa’s stunning extinct volcanic basin waters. After your briefing, your experienced local guide will prepare your kayak for launch onto the water. Comfort and safety is always a priority. Under the watchful eye of your guide you will paddle out through blue waters escaping from the crowds, noise of other boats, the hustle and bustle of normal life,

    You will paddle through the reserve while your guide points out places of interest and any wildlife activity that they discover.

     You will engage with nature and beautiful serenity of sea kayaking during the most peaceful time of the day before the tour boats are on the water.  Your guide will provide an on water snack while sharing stories about this special marine reserve . Through out the Safari the massive scale of landscape will amaze you, and it is a once in a lifetime experience paddling through an extinct sea flooded volcano basin which is inhabited by endangered mammals. You will have the change to have close encounters with hector dolphins, white flippered penguins, NZ fur seals and Orca if you lucky!

    Your guide can answer any questions that you may have.Your kayaking adventure comes to an end when you land back onto the beach you left a few hours before. You will feel inspired, relaxed, rejuvenated, and fulfilled about what you have seen and experienced.You will also have the opportunity to take home photos of your day
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Ratatouille Restaurant Akaroa, 40F Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
    Departure Time
    7:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Light refreshments
    • Local guide
    • Local taxes
    • On water photographs
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Minimum age 10 years
    • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    We LOVED this kayak experience and our guides!! We saw dolphins, a penguin, birds, ate some seaweed & had a beautiful morning. Our family of 5 was very thankful for this experience.
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    Response from Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Sunrise wildlife sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve
    Responded 10 Apr 2019
    Thanks so much for the review, we love creating lifetime memories for families that join our safaris, this is often a once in a lifetime experience to paddle in an extinct volcanic crater which is now a very special marine reserve full of life. Thanks again for joining us allie & greville
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    What an amazing, unforgetable adventure!!! I absolutely loved this kayak tour, at times I was breathless (not from kayaking haha) but the scenery. It was priceless and a really special experience, which I will always remember. I would recommend this to any of my friends and
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    Response from Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Sunrise wildlife sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve
    Responded 26 Mar 2019
    Thanks so much for your lovely review Tracey, we so appreciate you taking the time to write that out for others to read and we are so happy you enjoyed your tour with us, we do everything we can to protect our precious environment and surroundings and love to show people around our beloved marine reserve and educate them about conservation and our endangered mammals which reside here in the reserve. We pride ourselves on providing a 5 star experience and that is why we travel in small groups, this also has minimal impact on the wildlife which leads to incredible sightings as the creatures are not intimidated by us as we have no engines, noise or pollution from boat engines. Thanks again Allie & Greville
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    Before we get into the details, we must say that our guide Jake did a great job saving a misleading tour. Everyone on our tour and the tour after was led to believe that we would be able to view Hector dolphins. THERE ARE NO DOLPHINS AND SIGHTINGS ARE RARE. We later learned
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    Response from Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Sunrise wildlife sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve
    Responded 19 Mar 2019
    We are very disappointed to read your feedback. Hector dolphins are endangered but sightings are common but of course not guaranteed as they are wild. They are not traced, fed, chased or followed in any way so therefore there is always an element of luck with sightings.The information you have is false, they reside in the harbour all year and sightings are common, I think if you scroll down through the reviews many other participants have been lucky to see these amazing mammals during their tours. We are not solely 'dolphin viewing kayaking' we are lucky enough to have a multitude of different wild life species that we may encounter along the tour with hector dolphins being just one of the species mentioned. It is disappointing people such as yourselves believe it is a 'RIGHT' of theirs to view these special creatures just because they enter the water on a kayak. Viewing any wildlife is a privilege and the uncertainty adds to to how special it is when you do experience an encounter. Our guides provide exceptional tours and it is a shame your closed mind meant you were not able to enjoy the rest of the beauty of this incredible marine reserve.
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    Jake was an excellent tour guide. He was very professional, very serious about his job, and he was very conscientious of our safety. We could tell that he had done a great deal of research on the marine life in the area, so he shared knowledge with us throughout the tour. He
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    Response from Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Sunrise wildlife sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve
    Responded 15 Mar 2019
    Thanks so much for the review we are so happy you enjoyed your sea kayaking tour with our amazing guides - they ensure you have the best possible experience on the water here in beautiful Akaroa. Thanks for coming! Allie & Greville
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    Allie and Greville were very welcoming, punctual and helpful during my time with them. A guided tour of nearby features and wildlife, with lots of interesting facts about the local wildlife and geography. We were lucky enough to see some dolphins surfacing nearby, as you can see
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    Response from Allielovesthebeach, Owner at Sunrise wildlife sea kayaking in Akaroa marine reserve
    Responded 6 Mar 2019
    Thanks so much for the review, we are so happy you enjoyed your sea kayaking safari with us and even got to witness something most people will never see in their lifetime. NZ hector dolphins in the wild... amazing! It is so special when they cross paths with us. Hope you enjoyed our itinerary for your trip around NZ! WE love to help our guests ensure they are getting the unique kiwi experience Allie & Greville
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    Key Details
    • Akaroa Guided Kayak Safari
    • Duration: 3h
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    • Languages Offered: English, French, Spanish
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