Dolphin Swimming & Harbour Cruises

… small professional company, 100% locally owned & operated by a 6th generation family in Akaroa New Zealand.


Free Dolphin Swim Photos

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an exciting & fun experience.

Free Dolphin Swim Photos

Want to swim with Dolphins?

Come and join us on one of our small personal Akaroa dolphin swimming tours here at ecoSEAker and enjoy swimming with the worlds rarest and smallest ocean going dolphin – The Hectors (New Zealand) Dolphin, only possible in and around the amazing volcanic crater of Akaroa Harbour.

Thanks very much in advance your Skipper Steve Hamilton, 5th Generation local.

Dolphin Swimming in Akaroa

Harbour Adventure Cruise.

A 2 hour tour seeing and getting close to all of the high points Akaroa Harbour has to offer.

Things you are likely to see: 1000 foot cliffs, sea arches, amazing volcanic formations, caves, marine farms, White Flippered Blue Penguins, Albatross and other seabirds, Akaroa Marine Reserve, Nikau Palm Gully, Occasional Blowholes.

Hear about the Volcanic and Maori History. Steve the owner and captain is a 5th generation local who knows the area and secrets of Akaroa Harbour.

He will take you out on our fun, fast, adventurous 12.5 meter Rayglass Protector. An ex America’s Cup Chase Boat and previously a Coastguard Marine Rescue vessel with 600HP four stroke outboards. It’s an exciting, fun, safe sea going boat.

This tour suits people who want to see everything and have a sense for adventure. We look forward to you joining us.

Book your Akaroa Dolphin Swimming Tour or Harbour Cruise

Local family owned business

We are a small friendly family owned business who have been in the Akaroa Harbour for 6 generations and operating small Harbour Tours from the Hamilton family farm since 1984. We now meet our guests at Dalyʼs wharf (the small uncrowded wharf) in central Akaroa, close to the isite and bus stop, there we change and talk a little bit about the dolphins and how to swim with them to maximise your encounter, then set off on your adventure of a lifetime.

Our passion

We absolutely love what we do and would greatly appreciate the opportunity to take you on one of our small personal and friendly Akaroa Dolphin Swimming adventures. read more …

The tour

Our Akaroa dolphin swimming tours are longer than other companies so you should allow approximately 3.5 hours for your experience. This gives us more time on the water to gain the encounter with the dolphins. We will also endeavour to show you the other amazing wildlife and scenery out there as well. New Zealand Fur Seals, White Flippered Blue Penguins, Albatross, other sea birds, Cathedral Cave, Salmon and Mussel Farms also The Dan Rogers Marine reserve, subject to time and conditions. Although our first priority is your dolphin swim experience.

Advanced bookings are essential

Our boat takes a maximum of 12 swimmers at one time. We usually only operate 1 trip per day so advanced bookings are strongly advised to avoid disappointment.


We run Harbour Cruise & Swimming with Dolphins tours in Akaroa throughout the summer months from the 1st of October to the 30th of April.

Times & information

Please check our trip times and it is most important to read our Important Tour Information and FAQ.

Our first priority is your safety, secondly and most importantly for you is a good all round experience.

Did we mention we are also the smallest operator?

Our boat takes a maximum of 12 swimmers at a time making it a very intimate experience in the water. On our Highlights of the Harbour Adventure Cruise we take a maximum of 12 guests. The boat is an exciting, fun, comfortable 12.5 meter Rayglass Protector RHIB (rigid-hulled inflatable boat) with a cabin for weather protection.

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Any questions?