On this adventure you will embark on a search for dolphins in the sheltered waters of the harbor, although at times the dolphins may be further out towards the opening of the harbor. Along the way your skipper will point out areas of interest and the fascinating facts and history of the area. Once the dolphins have been located you will be asked to jump in the ocean with these very friendly and curious creatures. These dolphins love interacting with people and can spend up to 45 minutes swimming around you. If you are lucky and they are feeling frisky they may even show you their acrobatics skills! This is their world and it is a privilege to get the chance to see them so close. You are therefore asked not to touch them as this may harm them.
Hector's dolphins usually swim in pods of around 6-10, and with only 12 swimmers allowed in the water at one time you will have plenty of one-on-one interaction with them. While it is not guaranteed you will get to swim with them, the success rate is around 80%. A refund policy that applies if no dolphins are sighted is listed at the bottom.
After your swim complimentary hot chocolate and biscuits are offered. Photo packages are available for purchase as a fabulous way to keep the memory alive and brag to family and friends.
Please note: Guests will be viewing or swimming with dolphins in the wild, entering their natural habitat completely on their terms. Nobody can absolutely"guarantee" dolphins on every single trip. Sometimes dolphins may have calves with them, or are feeding, mating or just resting. It's important for humans not to interact with dolphins when they don't want to. In the last 12 months guests saw dolphins on 98% of the cruises, and had successful swims on 81% of the swim trips. So guests have to be a bit unlucky to miss out. Wetsuits, snorkels, and masks are included.
Understanding that a dolphin experience is important to guests, the following guarantee is included: If you don't see any dolphins (average 2% of tours) then you will receive a partial cash refund of $80 New Zealand Dollars per paying adult. If the dolphins just don't want to interact with swimmers (average 17% of tours), you will receive a partial cash refund of $50 New Zealand dollars per paying adult or an $80 NZ gift shop voucher. Please note that this is not a guarantee to see dolphins on the trips, but it is a guarantee that you will receive a partial refund if the above indicated situations take place. Please note that refunds will only be given to swimmers.
Swimming among the dolphins was an awesome experience. So surreal and animals are so peaceful. Definitely recommend to adventurous souls alike! Bring your water-proof camera.