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Dolphin Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Amazing experience, just need practise

Swimming with dolphins is the one thing to do from your bucket list. Kaikoura is amazing for it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
A TripAdvisor Member
via mobile
Great life experience re-visited

My husband and I did this tour in 2000 and decided to return with our children aged 11 & 13. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Josephine v
via mobile
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Swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their acrobatic displays form the comfort of the boat.
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  • Very good6%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777

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A TripAdvisor Member
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Swimming with dolphins is the one thing to do from your bucket list. Kaikoura is amazing for it, swimming with wild dolphins was one of the best experiences of my life. I would only advice anyone to have a practise snorkelling before hand, I was...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I did this tour in 2000 and decided to return with our children aged 11 & 13. The experience was as unforgettable again, and our boys got to enjoy the chance to swim with dolphins as well as spot killer whales on...More

Thank Josephine v
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing experience! These guys work with other tour operators in the area to locate the dolphins. Saw so many dolphins and the company don't entice them in any way and work on a policy that we are there to entertain the dolphins rather than the...More

Thank Roshidaa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful experience made possible by this friendly and professional company. We were expertly fitted out with wetsuits etc before taking to the ocean in search of dolphins. I found swimming with the dolphins challenging as the swell was high and my stamina not as good...More

1  Thank ziazak
Reviewed 11 September 2017

I've been lucky enough to go on safari in Tanzania and swim with crocodiles in Zimbabwe but this would have to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. We swam with the dolphins for nearly an hour and they interacted with us...More

1  Thank Kerre W
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Booked a Dolphin Encounter for my daughter and myself and a dolphin watch for my wife. After three hours on the water did not see any dolphins but did see a humpback whale. As we weren't able to see dolphins the company refunded all but...More

1  Thank nanook59
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Had such and amazing chat with the crew on board, great service and saw a massive pod of dolphins on our trip

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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Dolphin encounter was a highlight of our time in New Zealand - the whole trip was superbly organised! Despite the winter weather, the gear we were given was excellent and kept us warm! It took us a little while to find a friendly pod of...More

Thank sophtravels_93
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

This is the must do of Kaikoura, and one of my favourite memories of New Zealand. The day we went was sunny but crisp, so the water was definitely not the warmest, but it was 100% worth it for the chance to swim with these...More

Thank RemovingMercy
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Dolphin encounters is amazing and was worth it, visited through the times of low peak season period and was pleased for a short ride of 20minutes to the dolphins with seeing a unique experience of dolphins trying to save a baby seal which sadly died...More

Thank Matt O
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Questions & Answers
22 August 2017|
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Response from Bellatravelscom | Reviewed this property |
They also offered floats to hold on to in the ocean. I took one for my first swim but didnt need it for the second swim
Mark and Cristy R
13 June 2017|
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Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
So sorry we missed your question! We can gratefully see a number of others have responded with spot in info! The rates are indeed NZ175 to swim and $95 to view. The rates/prices are in the bookings online, and also under... More
elizabeth h
11 November 2016|
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Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
Hi Elizabeth Thanks so much everyone for your responses! All are absolutely correct, we cater for all shapes and sizes from XXS through to 4XL (equivalent to about a woman's size 22/24) We also have one bigger sized... More