We tried to book a day before we wanted to go on the swim but could only book the 0530 hour tour. Getting out of bed at 0430 was worth it. We were fitted out in wetsuits, flipper, hood & goggles - even provided a prescription goggles for me. Safety briefing and the the short trip to the boats - 3 boats went out. We found the dolphins quickly and it was still before sunrise. We waited until it was light - so the guides could watch us & we went for 5 swims - as the dolphins move away the boats follow them and 'drop' you again. The water was murky so underwater photos were not the best but we got amazing photos and videos of over 200 dolphins.
Things to consider- communal changing out of wetsuit on the boat - BIG towel for modesty; the local pharmacy makes then 'kaitoura cracker' to minimise seasickness- this was well recommended on the boat after my husband became ill. We were told it works in 99% of cases.
Hot chocolate & ginger bickies to have while spending some time after the swim taking more photos.
I would probably recommend the effort for the early booking as I cannot think of a better way to see a sunrise than sharing it with dolphins playing
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