EXPERIENCE – We were the first dolphin swimming operator in New Zealand and have operated thousands of trips since 1988. All our crew are highly trained. This means that you’ll get a great briefing on how to interact with the hector’s dolphins and what to expect prior to your journey. They’ll also give you safety instructions and other information to allow you to enjoy your experience. If you are new to snorkeling and use of a wetsuit your crew will be on hand to help you out.
QUALITY – We are winners of the Supreme Tourism Award, and the only dolphin swim operator to be listed in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best Marine Encounters’ guide. Rest assured you’ll be cruising with one of the best operators in NZ and we’ve got the silverware to prove it. We’re also Qualmark rated, a quality assurance programme to recognise those operators who are prepared to go the extra mile.
ENVIRONMENT – If you book with us then you’ll automatically be making a donation to research and education on hector’s dolphins. Our company was also
the first cruise boat company in the world to get the coveted Green Globe 21,
an international programme to ensure best environmental practices.
COMFORT – We have modern vessels. Our main boat is a heated, covered, jet powered catamaran. It’s safer for you and the dolphins because there are no propellers. It’s also heated so after your swim you can warm up quickly in the cabin. Our 2nd vessel is not covered however is used during the warmer months (November to April) only. You can request the covered vessel only when booking on line.
FUN AND SAFE – With us there are only 12 swimmers allowed per vessel, so this means that when you get into the water there is more chance for you to come face to face with the dolphins as there are less humans for them to choose. Akaroa Harbour is very sheltered. Your swim is not in the open sea, its inside a sheltered harbour.