Swimming with Dolphins in Kaikoura

Swimming with Dolphins in Kaikoura
This offer is very popular
190 people chose this activity this year

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Everybody welcome
  • Minimum age: minimum 8 y/o
  • Duration: 2 hrs
  • Cancellation policy: 
    flexible 1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Immerse yourself in a dolphin’s world with this unforgettable experience in the gorgeous waters of Kaikoura.

Here is your chance to encounter and play with some of the most joyful, social, and happy dolphins of Kaikoura. Together you will leap and dive through the water as there is truly no greater feeling than the freedom of swimming with dolphins in the wild. These dusky dolphins are waiting for you to come along for the ride. 

The journey will start off on a boat where your instructor will take you out into the waters. Take a look around as the open ocean is ahead of you and the stunning Kaikoura coast around you. It’s just you, the sky, the ocean…and the dolphins! These friendly creatures will come around as you get into the water and will take you for a swim. In case you are a bit nervous, not to worry, a professional instructor will be on board ensuring you are as safe as possible.

This experience is the best way to encounter these dusky dolphins in a safe, humane, and environmentally-friendly manner. In fact, a portion of your fare directly contributes to the team’s Encounter Foundation, supporting projects that actively improve Kaikoura’s natural environment through conservation, education, and research. Do not miss out on this unique opportunity to get close to dolphins while being environmentally responsible! 

Dolphin swimming is sold out over the christmas period, if you wish to go on the boat to watching the dolphins and be on the waiting list for swimming book through this link.

Offer Description

All swimmers are fitted with a good quality wetsuit prior to departure which comprises a full body one piece overall and a 7mm jacket. A hood, mask, snorkel and fins are also provided.

Swimmers are advised to take their warm clothing on board with them because at the end of the swim, the best idea is to take the wetsuit off and pull on warm dry clothing. This helps you to warm up again while the tour concludes.

Special terms

Being an experienced swimmer is helpful but it is not essential just as long as you are confident in the water. Flotation devices such as kickboards and buoyancy aids will be available if a little extra assistance is needed.

Please note that crew do not enter the water on tours.

  • Wetsuit
  • Boat ride
  • Swimming equipment
Do not forget to bring
  • Warm clothing
  • Sensible footwear
Meeting point
Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300 Get directions



Average rating
4.9 / 5
Very good
Bucket list
  • 5 / 5

Skipper located the dolphins and maneuvered the boat expertly; instructor made all the processes simple and was full of local and wildlife information; and the many dolphins played their part in and out of the water. A top kiwi experience.

Awesome experience!
  • 5 / 5

Swimming with Dolphins - Kaikoura We had a really good day (even with the seasickness, which the staff dealt with sympathetically!). We were lucky enough to see a pod of orcas at close range as well as 4 swimming opportunities with hundreds of dolphins. Staff were really helpful and efficient. Fabulous experience - highly recommend.

Worth the ticket
  • 5 / 5

well planned and organised, with instructions and tour guidance

Unmissable! Highly recommended
  • 4.3 / 5

Amazing opportunity to swim with hundreds of wild dolphins

Fabulous afternoon
  • 5 / 5

Truly remarkable axoeritnce. We loved swimming with the dolphins and that we had four opportunities to do it. The time spent just moving with them around the boat was also great for photos and observing the pod.

  • 5 / 5

Best thing I’ve ever done.

It was a great experience.
  • 5 / 5

Enjoyed the swim very much.

Dolphin Encounters
  • 5 / 5

Swimming with dolphins.

Unreal Experience!
  • 5 / 5

Absolutely worthwhile and extremely well run. Couldn’t have asked for a better day!

Un rêve de petite fille réalisé
  • 5 / 5

Activité au top, on a pu nager avec de nombreux dauphins

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