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Dolphin Watch Ecotours

The Waterfront, London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
+64 3-573 8040
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Ranked #7 of 22 Activities in Picton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: We provide award-winning, conservation focused and scenic wildlife cruises through the beautiful...
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Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: We provide award-winning, conservation focused and scenic wildlife cruises through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Those looking for the thrill of a lifetime can join us for a Swim With Dolphins experience or our fully guided tours also explore Historic Ship Cove or Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary. A clean green paradise of bush and sea full of natural beauty, history and wildlife, all waiting to be explored and experienced with a Qualmark Enviro-Gold certified cruise operator.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

What an unbelievable experience! We went out on the boat in glorious weather in the safe hands of our skipper, Glen, and our two very enthusiastic, reassuring and knowledgable guides, Larissa and Kate. We heard all about the wildlife and vegetation of the Marlborough Sounds on the way out to find the dolphins and once we'd found a pod of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We managed to see Dolphins from the boat however were unable to swim with them due to weather conditions. Despite the weather conditions being terrible, the crew were very positive and continued to search for possible Dolphins to swim with in every cove in the queen Charlotte sounds. The tour was partly refunded from a swim trip to a viewing... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Wow!! This tour exceeded our expectation in every way. My husband and I have resisted swimming with the dolphins in all of our previous travels because they are always done in an area where the dolphins are in captivity. WIth this tour, the boat takes you out into the Marlborough sounds (from the Picton Harbor) and the crew and guests... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Dolphin Watch Ecotour was an excellent experience! The guides are fun and extremely knowledgable. It was comforting to know prior to getting on the boat what type of Dolphins were in Milford Sound and what was expected of the guides and of us. The tour was full of excitement and a must-do on a beautiful day in Milford Sound!

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Mountain View, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The tour of dolphins and Moturoa Island was very enjoyable. The crew were very knowledgeable. We got to see dolphins, seals, fairy penquins, and rare birds. My husband and I both thought this was one of the best things we experienced in New Zealand. Don't pass this tour up. You will learn a lot about the area in fun way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Enjoy a fast but comfortable ride out to Moturoa Island via points of interest such as rare birds, seals and if you are lucky dolphins. The crew are experts on the natural and human history of the sound and gave us many insights into the environmental work being done to protect New Zealand's natural heritage. The crew were also warm... More 

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Blenheim, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Had a great experience on their Marine Wildlife & Motuara Island Eco-Cruise. It was excellent. The crew was excellent, very friendly and well-prepared. They were very knowledgeable and open to all questions. We saw many different species of wildlife and the view from the top of Motuara Island is spectacular. I'll definitely be back and would highly recommend this to... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This is a late review I am afraid. Better late than never to relate advice that anyone in the Charlotte Sound area should include the tour including the island visit in their plans. We went in November 2013 and the afternoon was fantastic. King Shags, dolphins galore and plenty of bird life on Motorua Island. The guides were very engaging... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

My husband sister and I had a wonderful afternoon on this tour which included a visit to the beautiful Motuara island birdlife sanctaury. The tour gives an outstanding view of Queen Charlotte Sound and the boat allows excellent viewing of the wildlife. We had spectacular views of a pod of bottlenose dolphins and hectors dolphins along with seals penguins and... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

From the helpful email communication from the team before I even got to Picton, everything about the trip was a pleasure. My daughter did get to actually swim with dolphins, we saw the rare Hectors and then swam with the bottlenose dolphins and they came up close to my daughter. Though the dolphins must think the swimmers are pretty crazy... More 

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