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Dolphin Encounter

#1 of 28 Tours in Kaikoura Features Animals
96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6777
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Tremendous Service

Booked a Dolphin Encounter for my daughter and myself and a dolphin watch for my wife. After three... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
nanook59
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Calgary, Canada
Great trip

Had such and amazing chat with the crew on board, great service and saw a massive pod of dolphins... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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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  • Very good6%
  • Average1%
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96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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+64 3-319 6777

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Booked a Dolphin Encounter for my daughter and myself and a dolphin watch for my wife. After three hours on the water did not see any dolphins but did see a humpback whale. As we weren't able to see dolphins the company refunded all but...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had such and amazing chat with the crew on board, great service and saw a massive pod of dolphins on our trip

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Dolphin encounter was a highlight of our time in New Zealand - the whole trip was superbly organised! Despite the winter weather, the gear we were given was excellent and kept us warm! It took us a little while to find a friendly pod of...More

Thank sophtravels_93
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is the must do of Kaikoura, and one of my favourite memories of New Zealand. The day we went was sunny but crisp, so the water was definitely not the warmest, but it was 100% worth it for the chance to swim with these...More

Thank RemovingMercy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dolphin encounters is amazing and was worth it, visited through the times of low peak season period and was pleased for a short ride of 20minutes to the dolphins with seeing a unique experience of dolphins trying to save a baby seal which sadly died...More

Thank Matt O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had an amazing day today fi really looked after us and really knew her stuff got to see loads of dolphins and seals and birds highly impressed

Thank Bianca T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing experience today! After 2 days of high winds and heavy seas leading to understandably cancelled trips, this afternoon we got the green light to go. Full 10mm wetsuits, boots, gloves and head cover ensured the 9 degree C water wasn't as bad...More

Thank Andy G
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had young children so didn't do the swim, but just watched from the boat for the dolphins. Were not disappointed - fabulous wild dolphins and so many! Would swim next time if we can though. It was very cold (mid winter so not surprising) but...More

Thank Kathryn B
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Despite it being mid winter, I was committed to doing this trip from the beginning of my trip around NZ and it didn't disappoint! After a worrying 4 days of stormy weather, the sky and sea brightened up just in time for our trip on...More

Thank Abbie M
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Do this trip if your in NZ, hopefully everyone gets a day that we did which was amazing. So many dolphins and even seals were in the water. Swimming with them and watching them leap out of the water is just one of the many...More

Thank DamoTravels23
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Mark and Cristy R
13 June 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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elizabeth h
11 November 2016|
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Response from DolphinEncounter | Property representative |
Hi Elizabeth Thanks so much everyone for your responses! All are absolutely correct, we cater for all shapes and sizes from XXS through to 4XL (equivalent to about a woman's size 22/24) We also have one bigger sized... More
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Gill P
5 October 2016|
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Hi Gill Not sure how we missed your question before sorry! Great responses from everyone too - thank you! Our success rate has been slightly over stated, whilst it is the highest in NZ for both locating and swimming with... More
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