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Swim with the Dolphins - Akaroa

Quick Overview

  • Swimming with wild Hector's Dolphins
  • Masks, snorkels & wetsuit/dry suit provided
  • Full briefing from highly experienced, friendly guides
  • Max. 12 swimmers per trip
  • Must be able to swim at least 50m
Add 1 Adult (16+ yrs) $145
Add 1 Child (8-15yrs) $115
Add 2 Children (8-15yrs) $230
1 Child watching (1-4yrs) $ 0
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Get ready to get up-close and personal with the ocean's most playful creatures! There are only a few places in the world where you can swim with wild dolphins in their natural habitat and Akaroa Harbour is one of the best and most beautiful! For the nature or animal lover, it simply does not get any better than this, so don't miss this rare opportunity to enjoy the thrill of swimming with majestic dolphins for yourself!

You'll start off with a full briefing, letting you know how to interact with the dolphins and ensuring you're completely comfortable with the gear before you get in the water! Then it is off onto the water to search for these stunning creatures! When they are spotted then boat will anchor and you will get suited up in your gear and receive last minute reminders. Now the time has come for you to get in the water and enjoy the unparalleled rush of sharing with wild dolphins playground! With a maximum of 12 swimmers per trip, you'll have plenty of chances to get a close-up look at these amazing mammals, while your guides will do everything in their power to ensure your experience is unforgettable they also work had to minimise the impact to the dolphins and their environment!!

Akaroa Harbour is home to many pods of Hector's Dolphins, providing the perfect setting for getting up-close to some of the friendliest, smallest and rarest dolphins in the world! Swimming with dolphins in an aquarium can be a great experience, but the calm, sheltered waters of this marine mammal sanctuary gives you the chance to come face to face with these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, providing a firsthand glimpse into the lives of these fascinating animals!

If you've ever had the desire to go swimming with dolphins, you definitely can't miss this, one of the most amazing wild dolphin swims in the world! So book today to make your dreams come true!

Duration - Please allow three hours for your Swim with the Dolphins Experience. Please allow half an hour before departing for a full briefing, about two hours on the water (of which up to an hour is spent with the dolphins) and half an hour afterwards for showering.
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Customers must have a basic skill level of swimming ability. The water is over your head and a degree of confidence in swimming is required.

A basic level of fitness is required. You will be floating in the water and will be required to swim to and from the boat - distances up to 50 metres (150 feet) at a time.

Swimming with dolphins is not available for children under 8 years old. A fit and confident child aged 8 and above is able to swim with dolphins. A child aged 12yrs and under must have an adult swimming with them.

Customers should have some knowledge of English as you will need to understand safety instructions and emergency procedures. If you do not speak English, you should be able to read and understand the foreign language safety instructions and be confident that you can communicate with crew using the pre-agreed hand signals in the event of an emergency.

The water temperature in Akaroa Harbour ranges from 11C (52F) in the winter to 17C (67F) in the summer.

Customers must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Q: Can I touch the dolphins?
A: No. These dolphins have extremely sensitive skin and a slight touch may bruise or hurt the dolphin. A nail may scratch the surface of their skin causing infections.

Q: Do we feed the dolphins?
A: No absolutely not.

Q: Are there sharks?
A: We have been operating dolphin swimming for 20 years now and have never had a problem with sharks. Generally if there are sharks around then the dolphins will be nowhere to be seen.

Q: How cold is the water?
A: In the summer the water temperature is around 17 degrees Celsius, in winter this usually decreases to around 11 degrees. We have very good quality thick wetsuits which keep you warm in the water. We also have booties, gloves and hoodies. In the winter months from May to September we use dry suits.

Q: Are the dolphins wild?
A: Yes these dolphins are completely wild.