Swimming with dolphins is at the dolphins’ invitation

We will cruise with a dolphin pod.  Determine if swimming will be allowed based on the group composition and behavior.


Our goal is to provide you with the experience of a lifetime!

From the boat or the water with wild dolphins.


  • Swimming with dolphins can occur at any time of year there is no guarantee and it is always up to the dolphins.


  • We are unable to swim if they have calves, feeding or resting, or generally don’t want us around. (governed by Department of conservation)
  • You are required to be a strong swimmer, (be able to swim at least 100m). Be aware the water is salty and deep and cool
  • Sit and slide into the water in a gentle manner, when directed by the crew. No jumping or diving
  • Remember to hold your breath, when you first go into the water and hold your mask and snorkel in place.
  • Remember to look down into the water
  • Do not reach out and touch the dolphins, they don’t like it
  • The boat will not be far from you at any time, do not swim under or in front of the boat.
  • Come back to the boat at any time, if you are cold, tired
  • You will be assisted up the ladder and out of the water by the crew
  • Come back to the boat when asked and signaled, promptly
  • Swimming and snorkeling with marine mammals can be a strenuous physical activity which may increase health and safety risk for persons suffering from medical conditions
  • New regulations from Maritime New Zealand regarding swimming with dolphins state “ Swimming is not to be make available to children under 8 years old” and “Children between 8 and 12 year old need to be very confident in the water and supervised in the water by a parent or guardian at all times”