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A shore excursion with the unique opportunity to swim with the world’s smallest, rarest and endangered dolphins — Hector’s dolphins, these dolphins are only found in the waters surrounding the southern half of the South Island of New Zealand. Akaroa’s beautiful sheltered harbor is the only place where you can actually swim with the rare Hector’s dolphins. With a maximum of 12 swimming participants, this tour provides a fun-filled small-group experience. The swim boat departs every day at 11.30 am or 1.30 pm from the wharf, adjacent to where your cruise ship tender will berth and depart from. Prior to your departure you will be equipped with wetsuit, mask, snorkel and flippers.
Tour Duration is 2 hours – Two hours on the water(plus half an hour before and after)
Due to the limited daily availability, a maximum of 12 swimmer per tour early bookings are essential to avoid disappointment.
A: Just bring your swimming costumes and a towel, your camera and sunblock are not essential but advisable. Everything else is provided for you including wetsuit, mask, snorkel, booties, gloves and a hood if necessary. You can hire or purchase a towel from us if you forget to bring one.
A: YES. You need to be confident in the water and capable to swim at least 50 metres. If you cannot swim you can still join us on the boat as a watcher. Obviously the water is over your head and a degree of confidence in swimming is required.
Customers must declare any pre-existing medical conditions which may limit your participation.
Book tours in more than one port and receive a 10% discount on all subsequent bookings – Discounts applied at time of tour confirmations.