Captained Charter on 'Black Pearl' Boat Dolphins in Akaroa

Dolphin Tour
12 Guests

About This Tour

Swimming with friendly, playfull Hector's dolphins in Akaroa Harbour

The great thing about viewing or swimming with dolphins is that you are doing it in their natural habitat completely on their terms, and so of course we cannot absolutely ‘guarantee’ dolphins on every single trip, and nor can any other operator.

Sometimes dolphins may have calves with them, or are feeding, mating or just resting. It’s important for us not to interact with dolphins when they don’t want to.

But you may be interested to know that in the last 12 months we saw dolphins on 98% of our cruises and had successful swims on 81% of our swim trips. So you have to be a bit unlucky to miss out!


You will enjoy a once in a lifetime experience; it's the ultimate dolphin encounter by swimming with the Hector's Dolphin. Hector’s dolphins are protected in Akaroa Harbour by a marine mammal sanctuary and our cruise gives you the chance to see these beautiful marine mammals close up in their natural habitat.

This adventure allows only 12 swimmers per vessel, so you’ll have more chances to come face to face with the dolphins. With only 12 swimmers allowed per vessel, cruises are frequently sold out, which makes it essential for you to book in advance. You must be at least 8 years old to swim and chidren between 8 - 12 inclusive must be accompanied by an adult.

Duration: Two hours on the water (plus half an hour before and after).


  • Adult: $155 ($80 to watch)
  • Child: $120 [8 to 15 years] (watching $40) [5-15 years]




  • Type: Dolphin Tour
  • Capacity: 12 People
  • Rental Minimum: 2 hours
  • Cancellation: Full Refund 5 Days Prior

Rental Requirements

  • Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST.


  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Toilet
  • Wheel steering
  • Bimini
  • Cuddy Cabin
  • Trailerable
  • Outboard Engine
  • Dual Comm-forward seating
  • Twin Engine

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