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Akaroa – Swim with Dolphins LT09CS



2 hours


Up to 7 days

Group Size

12 people




A shore excursion with the unique opportunity to swim with dolphins, particularly the world’s smallest, rarest and endangered dolphins – Hector’s dolphins, these dolphins are only found in the waters surrounding the southern half of the South Island of New Zealand.

Akaroa’s beautiful sheltered harbour is the only place where you can actually swim with the rare Hector’s dolphins. With a maximum of 12 swimming participants, this tour provides a fun-filled small-group experience.  The swim boat departs every day at 9.30 am or 12.30 pm from the wharf, adjacent to where your cruise ship tender will berth and depart from.

Prior to your departure you will be equipped with wetsuit, mask, snorkel and fins.

Tour Duration is 2 hours – Two hours on the water (plus half an hour before and after)

Due to the limited daily availability, a maximum of 12 swimmer per tour early bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.

Essential Information to Swim with the Dolphins

  • A basic level of fitness is required. You will be floating in the ocean and will be required to swim to and from the boat – distances up to 50 metres (150 feet) at a time.
  • Swimming with dolphins is not available for children under 8 years old.   Children between 8 – 15 must be accompanied by an adult swimmer.
  • Customers should have some knowledge of English, so you can understand safety instructions and emergency procedures. If you do not speak English, you should be able to read and understand the foreign language safety instructions and be confident that you can communicate with crew using the pre-agreed hand signals in the event of an emergency.
  • Customers must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Q:  What do I need to bring with me?

    A:  Just bring your swimming costumes and a towel, your camera and sunblock are not essential but advisable. Everything else is provided for you including wetsuit, mask, snorkel, booties, fins, gloves and a hood if necessary. You can hire or purchase a towel from us if you forget to bring one.

    Q:  Do I need to be able to swim?

    A:  YES.  You need to be confident in the water and capable to swim at least 50 metres. If you cannot swim you can still join us on the boat as a watcher. As you are swimming in the ocean you will not be able to touch the sea floor therefore a degree of confidence in swimming is required.
    Customers must declare any pre-existing medical conditions which may limit your participation.

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Easy as excursion

The tour operated on the same jetty where the tenders arrive so it was really simple to get there, staff really helpful and booking a breeze.
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Amazing little dolphins

This tour was great. The world's smallest and rearest dolphins. I'm glad I did it.
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