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Dolphin Encounter

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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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it does what it says on the tin!

We were given our briefing and kitted out in wet suits before being taken out to where Dusky... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
W4lking
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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
Brilliant trip even though we were both sick!

This is a must if you are visiting kaikoura, we weren't going to do it as we were worried about the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
gilly1878
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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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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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were given our briefing and kitted out in wet suits before being taken out to where Dusky Dolphins were expected to be found. Sure enough, the skipper located dolphins and the crew waited to see how responsive they were before letting us in the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must if you are visiting kaikoura, we weren't going to do it as we were worried about the cold water being winter however the wetsuits and equipment provided are brilliant, still abit cold which is obvious but not enough to feel it...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re worried about the cold weather and early morning (as I was) all I can say is don’t be! The staff at check in are lovely, everything is really clearly explained and, despite being winter, the water doesn’t feel freezing with the wet suit...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dolphin Encounter staff were professional and clear for the orientation and fitting us out with all our gear. At all stages of our experience, the staff kept us updated on what we needed to do and be prepared for. This was simply an amazing experience!...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A fantastic experience but unfortunately most people on our boat were seasick. They did warn us the sea would be choppy but we really weren't prepared for just how bad it was. instead of selling full boxes of seasickness tablets it would be better to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After storms all day on arrival in Kaikoura, our 5am tour the following day was touch and go. We got up early, got to the centre and were relieved to find it was going ahead. Unfortunately, once we got in the water, it was quite...More

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Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

We did the 8.30 excursion and had an amazing time!! Riona and Gilly were a great team as guide and skipper, very friendly and approachable but also knew their stuff! We were lucky to find the dolphins after 20 mins and even luckier that when...More

1  Thank Jodie F
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

You will never regret swimming with wild dolphins. They buzz within centimeters of you and look into your eyes-yes they really do. Yes it is cold, but the team do an excellent job of giving you the right equipment to keep as warm as possible....More

1  Thank Sairsy
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

Family of four (2 teens) did Dolphin swim for 2nd time in 6 years. Yes its cold, but the team are amazing and make sure you are well equipped. Swimming with 30+ wild dolphins buzzing within inches of you is just indescribable. Just do it!

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Reviewed April 24, 2018

It was an Amazing Experience! Swimming with wild dolphins was unlike anything I’ve ever done. It was definitely worth swimming in the deep ocean with cold temperatures. Did not took that much time to find the dolphins, probably 10-15mins or less? The wetsuit were great,...More

1  Thank 347irwans
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Melissa R
January 12, 2018|
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Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
Hi Melissa Not sure how we missed your question sorry! The answers you have received are spot on - book as far ahead as you are able! :-) April is quite a busy time of year and tours are often waitlisting. Also that... More
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Indiantraveljunkie
August 22, 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
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Mark and Cristy R
June 13, 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
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