Akaroa Swim With Dolphins Excursion Reviews

In Akaroa, swim with dolphins for an experience many people only dream of. Hector's dolphins are common here -- they are known for being the smallest marine dolphins in the world.
YOU HAVE TO DO THIS !
Sail Date: November 2018
YOU HAVE TO DO THIS ! you need to physically fit and able to swim in the open ocean. The Hectors dolphins are only around a metre long, and beautiful. Just incredible
YOU HAVE TO DO THIS ! you need to physically fit and able to swim in the open ocean. The Hectors dolphins are only around a metre long, and beautiful. Just incredible Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
took a while to find the dolphins but when we did we had a great encounter.
Sail Date: January 2018
took a while to find the dolphins but when we did we had a great encounter. The tour operator were really good changing the date as our itinerary had been changed
took a while to find the dolphins but when we did we had a great encounter. The tour operator were really good changing the date as our itinerary had been changed Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Amazing experience.
Sail Date: November 2017
Amazing experience. A little cold but once the dolphin came by, all was good!
Amazing experience. A little cold but once the dolphin came by, all was good! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
All ports in NZ & AU are fabulous and very easy for us to do on our own.
Sail Date: February 2017
All ports in NZ & AU are fabulous and very easy for us to do on our own. In Akaroa, we booked with Princess the "Swim with the Hector Dolphins" excursion for $199 US. The local outfit was beyond reproach and told us before ... Read More
All ports in NZ & AU are fabulous and very easy for us to do on our own. In Akaroa, we booked with Princess the "Swim with the Hector Dolphins" excursion for $199 US. The local outfit was beyond reproach and told us before suiting up: "on this morning's excursion, no Hector Dolphins were spotted, and very unlikely you will be able to swim with them this afternoon", and they gave up the option of a lesser non-swimming excursion (with little prospect of seeing the Hector Dolphins) or a FULL REFUND. They were very kind and honest to let us have the option in advance. (ps: you can book direct with BLACK CAT CRUISES in Akaroa Harbour for a little bit of savings versus booking through Princess, the ship docks right in Akaroa Harbour). Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Black Cat is located right on the pier.
Sail Date: January 2017
Black Cat is located right on the pier. We donned wetsuits and went to look for Hector dolphins. We found some dolphins but the waves were too high to swim with them. However, the Black Cat folks were very professional and enjoyable. ... Read More
Black Cat is located right on the pier. We donned wetsuits and went to look for Hector dolphins. We found some dolphins but the waves were too high to swim with them. However, the Black Cat folks were very professional and enjoyable. Since we did not swim with dolphins, a portion of our cost was refunded to us. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Ponant
Got very lucky with the weather and got the first Nature Cruise boat which wasn't crowded and very ...
Sail Date: January 2017
Got very lucky with the weather and got the first Nature Cruise boat which wasn't crowded and very well run, beautiful scenery, lots of wildlife and missed out on a bit of a tender service problems and disruptions that affected most ... Read More
Got very lucky with the weather and got the first Nature Cruise boat which wasn't crowded and very well run, beautiful scenery, lots of wildlife and missed out on a bit of a tender service problems and disruptions that affected most others. Highly recommend the Nature Cruise early departure straight from the ship. The rest of the day and the town was quite interesting and I could have spent longer here. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
I was looking forward to this but as luck would have it the dolphins decided they didn't want to ...
Sail Date: January 2016
I was looking forward to this but as luck would have it the dolphins decided they didn't want to play. We still sailed about looking but none would stay for us to swim with Black Cat gave a refund of $55 each. I appreciated this and ... Read More
I was looking forward to this but as luck would have it the dolphins decided they didn't want to play. We still sailed about looking but none would stay for us to swim with Black Cat gave a refund of $55 each. I appreciated this and many other companies would not have done this so if you want to do this excursion give them a go. We did see quite a few dolphins we just couldn't swim with them that day. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Azamara
2 hour harbor excursion was a lot of fun.
Sail Date: March 2015
2 hour harbor excursion was a lot of fun. Didn't manage to stay in the water a long time because sea was choppy & water was very cold, but got to see Hectors dolphins in the water & even more from the boat. Staff from Black ... Read More
2 hour harbor excursion was a lot of fun. Didn't manage to stay in the water a long time because sea was choppy & water was very cold, but got to see Hectors dolphins in the water & even more from the boat. Staff from Black Cat were very accommodating (we were late for the early morning trip so they re-booked us on the afternoon trip) and staff on board the boat were excellent. Was a lovely adventure. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line