Kaikoura is famous for its spectacular marine life that inhabits the picturesque coastline of Kaikoura, including whales, dolphins, orcas, albatross, penguins and a multitude of aquatic birdlife along fur seals.
Dolphin Encounter has been sharing unforgettable dolphin encounters with people from all corners of the globe for nearly 30 years.
Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura is New Zealand’s first company to offer swimming with dolphins.
They interact with the dolphins in their natural environment, a unique opportunity. Since then, we’ve built up an unmatchable level of experience, knowledge and insight about dolphins and the best ways to encounter them in safe, humane and environmentally-friendly ways (not to mention exciting and joyful!).
We are committed to ensuring that your experience with us is memorable and inspiring. Whether swimming with or watching the dolphins, you will be impressed by the grace and beauty of these magical marine mammals.
Hundreds of dolphins are leaping, flipping and jumping in a one-time-only acrobatic spectacular. As they leap, so does your heart. As they move with unrestrainable joy, so does your smile.
Our vessels are designed for optimum marine life viewing with adequate space so you will feel comfortable. Our professional crew will enthusiastically share their knowledge of the area and the marine life that makes Kaikoura special.
Our dolphin tours operate three times daily in summer and two times daily in winter and advance bookings are essential for swimming, as seats are limited by Department of Conservations permits.
Dolphin Encounter Watch: Price: Adult $110 per person – Child ( aged 8 to 14) $70 per person
Departure Times: 8:30 am and 12:30 pm
With 16 swimmers on each tour, you can expect to get up close and personal with these energetic and life-loving marine mammals.
Dolphins are some of nature’s most extraordinary and captivating creatures. And they’re even more amazing close-up. Immerse yourself in their world with Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, an unforgettable experience in one of New Zealand’s most breath-taking destinations