There is only one place on the planet where you can swim with hector’s dolphins and that is the sheltered Akaroa Harbor. Make a date with the world’s smallest, rarest, and friendliest dolphin. Akaroa’s harbor- a sea-invaded crater- boasts stunning coastal scenery and is home to a plethora of marine species, including the very rare hector’s dolphins.
Enjoy a two hour cruise onboard a jet-powered boat where you’ll have the opportunity to swim with these friendly mammals in the open sea. All crew onboard are highly trained and will provide a briefing on how best to interact with the dolphins while in the water. If you are new to snorkeling and the use of a wetsuit, the crew will be on hand to help you out.
Need to Know:
Note: Dolphin interaction happens on open sea and participant must be confident in the water, have a good level of fitness and be able to swim to and from the boat - distances up to 150 feet (50 meters) at a time. Participants must be at least 8 years of age. Children must be fit and confident swimmers, and between the ages of 8 and 17, must be accompanied by an adult swimmer. Participants must declare any pre-existing medical conditions which may limit tour participation. Please bring swimsuit and towel from the ship. Although they are highly probable, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.