Swimming with Dolphins

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Claire

France

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Alix

France

Ranking: 10/10

It was a small boat, we were only there with 10. We saw and swam with a lot of dolphins, IN-CRE-DI-BLE!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Isabel

Germany

Ranking: 4/10

A bit disappointing. The view under the water was really bad, so it was hard to see the dolphins. Not many dolphins at all.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Ivan Dupont

France

Ranking: 7/10

The water is really cold, but we swam with dolphins so we forgot the cold really fast!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Stefano

Italy

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice place, cordial and well prepared staff. Little bit expensive $150, for what it is. If you want to stay and really enjoy the dolphins, just rent a kayak.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Lena

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Take the morning tour, it is a higher chance to see the dolphins.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Julian Zeissler

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

It was nice to swim with the dolphins but we searched a long time for them. The tour guide did not do any good photos.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Annika Marz

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Did not find that many dolphins, but it was good. The only bad things was $140.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Marie Toulemonde

France

Ranking: 8/10

Dolphin watching and swimming cruise in Akaroa - beautiful place! Unfortunately the dolphin did not decide to swim with us but the company gave us a refund. Nice!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Max Backelandt

France

Ranking: 7/10

Nice trip with amazing landscape.  Quite expensive.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Lena Hanhart

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Awesome experience, the hot chocolate after the swim was really a good idea. The only thing I don't like is that they put 'fake' dolphins in the picture.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Barbara

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

It was beautiful!!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Mark and Eefie

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Go swim with the dolphins! Friendly staff who try to make the most of the trip. Hot chocolate on board! Hot showers afterwards!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Nigel Leighton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience of a lifetime.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Stam

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Nice guides, well organised, got a refund for not being able to swim with the dolphins ($140pp).

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Laura Diepeveen

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

Water was very cold (14c), even in summer, organisation was very good. Dolphins were not overly interested in swimming with us and black cat gave us a refund even when we did feel we swam with the dolphins.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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cpope

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

great trip with the guys and had a wonderful experience swimming with hectors dolphins off akaroa

Chris pope

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Naomi Kosteaman

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Swimming with the Hector Dolphin. They get really close.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Niels Van Welsenes

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Great fun.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Samuel Prechel

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Good organisation, swimsuit snorkel and mask are provided. Staff were nice and funny. Water was really really cold. Once we saw dolphins cruising around us we forgot the cold water and enjoyed the Hector dolphins.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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salsnz

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The Trip was outstanding. Tyhere was myself my husband and our niece from the UK on the trip yes we were the only ones and it was awesome. We swam with 2 pods of Dolphins with about 7 in each pod which apparently is unusual and in total we were in the water for 1 hour. I highly recommend this trip to any one.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jvjm Family

Netherlands

Ranking: 6/10

Swimming with dolphins. It's a pity that a dolphin were lazy and did not want to swim with us. If we had swim with the dolphins the ranking would of been higher.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Rachel & Barak

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely amazing. Wicked spot nice sea and the dolphins came again and again... but... check the weather, if sensitive to coldness, it can be too cold.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Sinjc Grude

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Didn't get the opportunity to actually swim with the dolphins, but saw a lot, trip was cool too.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Jeremy & Sarah Rind

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Very professional - highly recommended.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Andreas Sterki

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Short trip only 2 hours
Dolphins came very close, super!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Gina Swindells

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great Value. Lots of Hector Dolphins. Good safety.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Zoe Summers

England

Ranking: 10/10

two words ... dry suits!! AWESOME!!! such cute animals, found relatively quickly, whilst seeing a whole range of other animals! Swam with about 9 or 10 of the little dolphins, crew gave excellent advice on how to attract them - clapping stones underwater, singing through your snorkle etc!

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in September 2008

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Greg18

United States

Ranking: 7/10

We were disappointed with this as we had a rough trip on the boat out to the dolphins and felt that we were thrown into the water at the last minute to avoid deserving a refund. In the end, we were somewhat satisfied as we were given a discount after requesting one, though this took a while.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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bogaard

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Very good. Although we swam with dolphins, they gave us a refund as they thought it wasn't good enough. Excellent.

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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TraceyM

England

Ranking: 8/10

Swimming with Hector Dolphins. Good fun.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2009

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NancyB

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Went on tour to swim with dolphins. Captain brought us to spot with many dolphins - very exciting. Crew very helpful. Hot chocolate + hot showers, nice touch.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Amy_B

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We went on a swim with Dolphins cruise in Akaroa, and it was amazing! The staff found dolphins fairly quickly and gave us ideas for how to play with the dolphins. The hot cocoa at the end was a great bonus!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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DanielGermany

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Again great service and cool guides. We were expecting a bit more (the advertismented suggested it) as actually happened. Bit dissapointed, but maybe were just unlucky with the dolphins mood.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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AndreaT

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing. Andrea's favourite!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Sue Green

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing !!!!!! We swam with about four or five dolphins they came really close to us - myself and my partner had a great time, there was quite a big swell - but still very fun! We then saw heaps more dolphins on the way back in, once in a lifetime experience :)

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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HelenUK

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Swimming with dolphins.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in February 2009

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DavidJ

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Saw 4 or 5 dolphins. Good trip, kids loved it.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Stolz

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Swim with dolphins $110, stay on boat $65. Great experience. Good & friendly staff.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ian

England

Ranking: 10/10

Friendly staff and great value.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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enthusejohn

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing experience. Had a pod of 11 dolphins swim with us. Totally exceeded expectations!! Staff were great.. Hamish was so knowledgeable and passionate about the dolphins - just an amazing experience, once in a life time stuff. Hector dolphins were very friendly.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Camilla E

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

I recommend the early morning tour when waters are calmer and very few other boats are around. Amazing experience and I was very happy to see how the tour respected the animals.
/Camilla from Sweden

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Benjamin Throk

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Was a nice experience, wild animals so close that are pretty rare.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Marion

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Would give them a 20! It was a perfect wonderful experience. I really got the feeling that they care for the animals and that it's not just about the tourism and money.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Maria Fahlander

Sweden

Ranking: 7/10

Quite touristic really, but I was lucky because the dolphins came to me.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Sanne

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Not so many dolphins.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Claire Masling

Ranking: 8/10

Great experience, much more availability than at Kaikoura - can get on a trip that week.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Sally and David Wallis

England

Ranking: 9/10

Very informative. Environmental awareness and consideration for the wildlife was great. It was a really nice day.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Jody

England

Ranking: 9/10

Really good. Bit of confusion regarding the buy out of Dolphin Experience and where to go. Really enjoyed the day.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Eliase

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

The dolphins move very quickly so it is quite hard to interact with them.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Vicki Cook

Ranking: 9/10

Great to float with dolphins, not so enthusiastic assistant, great captain.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Carola Haaparinne

Finland

Ranking: 10/10

Seeing all the colours of the surrounding environment, the crater. I didn't swim but sat on the ladder in the water and felt the dolphins.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Wayne Best

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Martin Wright

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect weather, loads of dolphins. Best day of the season apparently!

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Floren

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Was nice. We saw seals, Hectors dolphins and penguins

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Tracy

United States

Ranking: 10/10

A little steep in price ($108) but totally worth it. We got a solid hour with the dolphins and there were a lot of them around. The tour stayed out until we met dolphins - was good to see it wasn't completely time based.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in February 2007