Come for a swim with the Akaroa dolphins.

Swimming with the Akaroa dolphins is an amazing experience.

Unbelievable! Come and join us.

Akaroa (meaning "Long Harbour" in Maori) is located on the Bank's Peninsula, around one and a half hours drive from Christchurch, on New Zealand's South Island. First settled by French whalers in 1838, Akaroa is a pretty seaside village, and is filled with quaint cafe's and gift shops.

Akaroa Harbour is home to the beautiful Hector Dolphin. Known as the smallest, rarest and most sociable dolphin, the Hector welcomes visitors into its environment. And Akaroa is the only place in the world where you can experience the charms of this amazing marine mammal.

Sitting in the flooded crater of an ancient volcano, Akaroa Harbour provides the perfect setting to experience what for many, is a once in a lifetime event.

A small group limit of ten people ensures that your dolphin tour is an even more memorable one, and allows you to get up close to these wonderful mammals.


Akaroa Dolphins Guarantee

The operators are confident that you will see the dolphins and swim with them.

Swimming with the Akaroa dolphins is an amazing experience for all the family.

And in fact over the past year or so, they have had successful sightings on almost all of their tours, and have had swims on more than eighty percent of their tours.

Of course dolphins have minds and wills of their own. So, if for some reason you see dolphins but cannot swim with them, you will receive a part refund of your tour cost.

Your crew and inclusions

  • Your crew are all highly trained. Included is a comprehensive briefing about your tour including how to best interact with the dolphins. Your crew will also give you a full safety briefing, and if you are new to snorkeling, they are there to provide instruction and guidance.
  • Your guides provide you with a wetsuit, snorkel and mask. All you need to bring are your swimmers and a towel.
  • Your tour vessel is a covered jet propelled catamaran. With no propellers, it's safer for both the dolphins and you. It's also heated so that you can quickly warm up once you are out of the water.

Would you like to see these amazing animals up close? Click on the tour below to view full tour details and pricing....


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