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Full-Day Dolphin Swimming Tour Akaroa

by Canterbury Leisure Tours
per adult Price is AU$275
Duration: 9h Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels

Highlights

  • Swimming & snorkelling with rare Hector’s dolphins

  • Visit & sampling at a local, traditional cheese producer

  • Scenic ride past deep blue lakes & lush pastoral landscapes

  • Modern catamaran with enclosed cabin & swim platform

  • Live commentary from knowledgeable crew members

Highlights

  • Swimming & snorkelling with rare Hector’s dolphins

  • Visit & sampling at a local, traditional cheese producer

  • Scenic ride past deep blue lakes & lush pastoral landscapes

  • Modern catamaran with enclosed cabin & swim platform

  • Live commentary from knowledgeable crew members

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8:30 AM, Akaroa Dolphin Swimming Day Tour in English

Duration 9h

Live Commentary in English.

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Total price is AU$274.85, taxes included

No booking or credit card fees

Full-Day Dolphin Swimming Tour Akaroa

Activity Location

Akaroa

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Christchurch (Hotel / Motel Pickups)

    Christchurch


Description

Lift a flipper and step off your catamaran into the blue-green waters off the coast of Akaroa, home to the smallest and rarest dolphins on earth. Hector’s dolphins are only found in one area of the world and you’ve just arrived to become their newest swimming partner.

Before you put on your swimming costume, board your comfortable coach in Christchurch and head south toward the green, grassy hills surrounding Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth. Gaze out the window at rustic farms while you climb past the quaint community of Little River.

Stop off and sample cheeses at a local producer who still makes it the old-fashioned way. When you've had your fill, continue your journey southeast to Akaroa and your date with the Hector’s dolphins.

Board a modern catamaran and get set up with a provided wetsuit, mask, snorkel and flippers as your captain sets a course for your afternoon swim. First you see 1 – its characteristic, rounded dorsal fin cutting through the water. Then there are 2, then 3. Soon your boat is surrounded and all you have to do is jump in.

Watch them play, spiral and slice through the water all around you as you snorkel and swim through their world for 2 hours. After your swim, head to the boat and cruise back to Akaroa. Take time to wander through the craft shops and cafes of this old French settlement before meeting up with your tour guide and heading back to Christchurch.


Inclusions

  • Guided boat adventure with dolphin swim

  • Snorkel mask, snorkel, wetsuit and fin rental

  • Roundtrip transport to and from your Christchurch hotel

  • Live commentary provided in English


Exclusions

  • Lunch


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 7 and younger are not allowed.

  • Children aged 8-12 must swim with a parent or guardian.

  • At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • Hotel pick-up is available from most centrally located Christchurch hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel foyer 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.