Up to 7 days
A shore excursion with the unique opportunity to swim with 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.
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.
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.