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Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Phone Number: 03 319 6777
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Fee: Yes
Activities: Swimming with dolphins
Description: Swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their...
Swim with the dolphins in their natural environment or watch their acrobatic displays form the comfort of the boat.
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booked on a dolphin swim. The whole operation is very well run by people who know what they are doing and are really enthusiastic about their jobs and who want everyone to enjoy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

booked on a dolphin swim. The whole operation is very well run by people who know what they are doing and are really enthusiastic about their jobs and who want everyone to enjoy their experiences. Everything is catered for, prescription goggles, hot water for after swim, hot drinks and time set aside for those who are swimming to take photos... More 

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Motueka, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I cannot rate this high enough, the staff went out of their way for our family group, and Helene was amazingly helpful in organizing this extraordinary experience for all of us. I am not a great swimmer, but i felt totally safe in the water at all times, and the dolphins swim around you with such grace and beauty, words... More 

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San Francisco, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Amazing experience, swimming with wild dolphins in the open ocean. You are as much entertainment to the dolphins as they are to you. The tour was amazing and the guides were very friendly and safety conscious. Definitely one of the highlights of our New Zealand vacation!

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London, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We went out to try to swim with dolphins on one of the first trips to go out after cyclone Pam had passed. Unfortunately the boat crew didn't manage to find any dolphins, despite their best efforts. This would be a bit of a downer, but everyone got a refund on return to the town, even though we had enjoyed... More 

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Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
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7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Two Birthday Two days apart to celebrate with Friends Dave and Amelia and wife Sharron. Well organised trip, dolphins all over the place , early trip 5.30 am the best. Calm water, amazing scenery, crew on the top of the world. Must be done.

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The whole experience with Dolphin encounter is really professional. The staff is really nice and give us really good information. Its all about respecting the wildlife and understanding how to behave. The boat is super clean and all the equipment is of really good quality. Of course, swimming with wild dolphins is amazing and we were very lucky to see... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Before I mention the experience itself, let me start off by saying what a professional company this is. I’ve done many “adventure tour” type activities, and this one is really at the high end of the curve in terms of their professionalism… Ultra organized. Very clean shop, shower, and bathrooms. Excellent gear. Friendly and knowledgeable staff. And safety an absolute... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Swimming with dolphins has been a life long dream of mine, however I have never wanted to do this in a pool as I don't agree with it. I heard about this experience through friends and also the stray bus, who I was travelling around New Zealand with, so I was already very excited at hearing about this! I did... More 

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Potomac, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My family and I did the dolphin swim with Encounter and it was a wonderful experience. The staff on the boat is so organized and are very focused on getting you the best possible experience. They respect the dolphins and seem to run a first-rate operation. The equipment is great and the staff very knowledgeable. After we got to jump... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My husband and I went on the Dolphin Encounter trip in March 2015 and it was one of the best experiences I have ever had. The dolphins loved interacting with us and it was nice to see that they weren't being fed or kept there by human intervention. They were there of their own free will and when they wanted... More 

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