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.