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Dolphin Watch Ecotours

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Address: The Waterfront, London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 8040
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Description: We provide award-winning, conservation focused and scenic wildlife cruises...
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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Rewarding cruise - birds, dolphins, and seals

Even though it was a cool and cloudy April day in Picton, we had a great time on this small boat tour (one of the last for the season). Our crew of two was enthusiastic and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Even though it was a cool and cloudy April day in Picton, we had a great time on this small boat tour (one of the last for the season). Our crew of two was enthusiastic and helpful, with a real appreciation of the environment of Queen Charlotte Sound. We understand that the management of the company was about to change;... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This was one of the best things that I did in New Zealand! The trip was fantastic. The guides were really knowledgeable and I learned so much about dolphins and about the Marlborough Sounds. We had 3 different drops (opportunities to swim with the dolphins) on the trip. The captain and crew gave us every opportunity to swim with the... More 

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Glen M, General Manager at Dolphin Watch Ecotours, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely words! We take pride in what we do and of course the dolphins that are wild and free here in the Sounds! We are so happy you had such a wonderful time out there with us and that we managed to become one of the highlights of your trip :) Just a quick note though,... More 

Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

did the tour out to motuara island. captain paul has sharp eyes and exhaustive experience and will make sure you see plenty of wildlife. try to sit up next to him on the captain's bench and you'll get some extra info and potentially drive the boat home! the sounds are so beautiful, don't miss the chance to see them and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Had a fantastic morning out on the water, lucky enough to see a big group of very playful Hector's Dolphins! Great info about the wildlife and coastline from Glen & Larissa during the trip who also made it a lot of fun 😃 thoroughly recommend!

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The wildlife viewing was pretty good, we saw dolphins, penguins, lots of other birds and we hung around to watch them for a bit but the trip was ruined by the awful boat. The seats all faced inwards like a lounge so you can't see out the windows, and there were way more people than seats which is awful for... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We spent all morning touring around the sound. They were super up front about our chances to actually swim with the dolphins. The care for the animals was the number one priority, which I really appreciated. While I didn't get to swim with any, I did get to see a pod of super friendly Hector Dophins, including two little babies... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I travelled to Picton with my husband and three children especially to do the dolphin tour. It was well worth the trip! The team were very helpful in getting us all ready and set up with snorkels and wetsuits, we then went out to the Sounds. They showed us the wildlife in the area and pointed out the various birds... More 

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Linda & I had been touring both the North & South Islands for almost 3 weeks but had failed to do a dolphin swim in Kaikoura, fully booked for a couple of weeks, and even though it was advertised it was no longer available in Greymouth. It looked like we would have to try and make it up to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

These guys did an amazing job taking us around the natural sights of the Sounds. We saw everything we'd hoped to see and more. The team members had great knowledge of the local area and the local wildlife. Despite probably doing this trip ten times a week, they were enthusiastic and passionate. A great family day out, even with young... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We arrived in Picton as part of a large cruise group. We booked this tour the same day and had an amazing time. Saw lots of Dolphins, a shag on a rock, plenty of birds and a seal. Tour guides were friendly, answered all of our questions and went out of their way to make it a fantastic day for... More 

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Address: Address: The Waterfront, London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-573 8040
Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Marlborough Region  >  Picton

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