Dolphin encounter - swim with dolphins

With Black Cat Cruises you will enjoy a once in a lifetime experience, enjoy the ultimate dolphin encounter by swimming with the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins, the Hector's Dolphin. Hector’s Dolphins are protected in Akaroa Harbour by a marine mammal sanctuary and our cruise gives you the chance to see these beautiful marine mammals close up.


Listed as 1 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. With only 12 swimmers allowed per vessel, cruises are frequently sold out, which makes it essential for you to book in advance. You must be at least 8 years old to swim and chidren between 8 - 12 inclusive must be accompanied by an adult.

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.You'll be swimming with the world's smallest dolphins in the world's largest ocean!




Schedule & Prices

 Swimming With Dolphins
Departs Sept 1st - Apr 31st report time at 8.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm.
May 1st -31st report time at 11.30am only
Swimming is closed during Jun, Jul & Aug for the winter)
Duration Two hours on the water(plus half an hour before and after)
Adult $150 ($79 to watch)
Child $120 [8 to 15 years] (watching $35) [5-15 years]
  Prices are in New Zealand dollars and include GST.