Swimming with Dolphins in Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds departing Picton

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  • Get up close and personal swimming with dolphins
  • Watch the dolphins come out and play
  • Incredible setting among the Marlborough Sounds

Head into the calm ocean waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds and swim amongst the dolphins for the experience of a life time! Interact with these incredible creatures while they cruise along side you and marvel at all their tricks.

  • 0 people
  • Duration - 4 hours
  • Location - View Map
Why You'll Love This

What's Included?

  • Swim with dolphins
  • Scenic cruise
  • Expert guide
  • Department of Conservation permit
  • Hot drinks and biscuits after your swim
  • Safety briefings

Meet your expert guides in the morning in Picton for your briefing and then board your vessel to cruise out into the incredible Marlborough Sounds. Bound for southern Queen Charlotte Sound, your guides will make sure you and the dolphins have the best and safest experience possible.

You’ll be searching for Dusky, Bottlenose, Common, Orca and the rare Hector’s dolphins that frequent the area. Keep an eye out for them as they cruise along side you or as they leap, flip and somersault around you. Once the dolphin are spotted, keep pace with them as you get ready to take the plunge. Get right up close to them in the water and see for yourself just how amazing these creatures are.

Once you come out the water your guides will be waiting with hot drinks and biscuits which you can enjoy while you cruise back to Picton.

On the Day

Session Length

  • Please allow four hours for this experience
  • The briefing begins at 8.15am
  • Your experience will depart at 9am

Numbers on the Day

There will be up to 30 people on the boat.

Dress Code

Please bring swimwear, a towel and a camera.

... and Importantly


Even though this tour is in the calm sheltered waters of the Marlborough Sounds it is still an open oceanexperience and in order to swim with the dolphins you should be confident in the open ocean.


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to their policy.