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Swimming with Dolphins Akaroa New Zealand.

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Join Black Cat Cruises for their ultimate dolphin experience where 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.

Akaroa harbour is very sheltered and a lot of the time, especially in summer, your dolphin encounter will be inside the harbour. A basic level of fitness is required. You will be floating in the water and will be required to swim to and from the boat distances up to 50 metres (150 feet) at a time. Swimming with dolphins is not available for children under 8 years old. Children between 8 12 must be accompanied by an adult swimmer.

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, however it does mean that spaces are often 'sold out' and prior booking is essential to avoid disappointment.