Black Cat Cruises - Swim with Dolphins


Dolphin Experience - Swim with Dolphins in Akaroa Voted the Number 1 Bucket List activity in New Zealand, with Black Cat Cruises you will enjoy a once in a lifetime experience, supported by experienced local crew with world class facilities. Our experience and dedication to our local environment delivers a New Zealand must do activity here in Akaroa. It's also the ultimate dolphin experience as you will be swimming with the endangered Hector's Dolphin, the world's rarest and smallest oceanic dolphin. Hector’s dolphins are protected in Akaroa Harbour by a marine mammal sanctuary and our dolphin cruise gives you the chance to see and swim with these beautiful marine mammals close up in the wild in their natural habitat. Hector's dolphins are endemic to New Zealand, meaning that you will not find them anywhere else in the world, and Akaroa is the only place you can take a trip out to swim with them. We offer a fantastic dolphin guarantee policy due to our high swim success rate. This is possibly why Black Cat Cruises dolphin swim experience is listed in the Lonely Planet guide as on of the 'Top 10 Marine Mammal Experiences in The World'! Close Encounters Black Cat’s Dolphin Swimming adventure allows only 12 swimmers per vessel, so you’ll have more chances to come face to face with the dolphins. You must be at least 8 years old to swim and children between 8 - 12 inclusive must be accompanied by an adult. Akaroa's Volcanic Surroundings Akaroa Harbour is the flooded crater of an extinct volcano, set within picturesque Banks Peninsula. Apart from the huge and awe-inspiring volcanic cliffs, this also means that the harbour is very sheltered. A lot of the time, especially in summer, your dolphin encounter will be inside the sheltered harbour. Taking Care of You and the Dolphins Black Cat Cruises are the only operator to offer 3 fully sheltered swim vessels, with on board toilets, followed by hot showers and separate male and female changing rooms with lockers at our facilities on the main wharf. Plus a portion of every ticket sale goes towards the research and education of Hector's dolphins so by choosing to come and have fun with us you are supporting and helping the dolphins at the same time. Customers over 12 years must provide a valid My Vaccine Pass when checking in. Face coverings are mandatory for staff and passengers.

Main Wharf, Akaroa


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