100% local owned and operate
We are a small 6th generation family business and we love taking guests out to share amazing experiences on the Akaroa Harbour on this 2hr tour.
Personal & inspiring experience
We offer a more personal experience with a max. 12 guests per tour on a fun boat. We are passionate about nature and look forward to sharing our big blue backyard with you.
Dolphins and other wildlife
2.5 -3 hrs on the water to encounter with the dolphins and see other amazing wildlife and scenery out there.
Want to swim with dolphins?
Come and join us on one of our small personal 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.
A minimum of 2 swimmers is required to operate 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.
… and things to know before arrival
Meet Steve and the crew down at the boat on the end of Daly’s Wharf (he smaller, less crowded wharf) at 1 Rue Balguerie in Akaroa.
Please check in at
Departure is at
We suggest that you use the public toilets before arrival, with a smaller boat our toilet is for emergency use.
The swim experience
… in the ocean
To take part you must have a basic level of swimming ability and be able to swim 50 meters without aids. A basic level of fitness is required to swim to and from the boat and climb up and down the small entry ladder. Please remember this is swimming in the ocean and quite different from pool or beach swimming.
You will be provided with a 5mm full body wetsuit to keep you relatively warm with 5mm booties (shoes) and mask and snorkel. Please arrive wearing your swim suit under your clothes as you will be getting changed with other people of the same sex and it will speed up departure.
You do not need snorkelling experience to enjoy the trip. If the Dolphins are interested they will come close and be in the top 3 feet/1 meter of water and you will see them at the surface.
A basic level of english is required by individuals and at least 1 member of a group to be able understand the Skippers instructions and safety briefing.
Please do not attend the tour under the influence of alcohol or drugs as you will not be permitted onto the boat and no refund will be given.
As with any outdoor or ocean based activity there are risks involved due to natural elements, also seasickness and being in relatively low water temperature can aggravate pre existing medical conditions, although the water temperature in Akaroa Harbour is warmer than Encounters in Kaikoura.
All swimmers must fill out a medical/risk disclaimer form disclosing medical conditions, disabilities, injuries past or present before embarking on the tour.
The tour takes place either in the Akaroa harbour or outside the Akaroa harbour depending on where the dolphins are. Both areas can lead to seasickness depending on the conditions.
It is advisable if concerned to take seasickness medication before you arrive for check in. See the closest pharmacy. Note: No refunds are given due to seasickness.
Things to bring
or warm hat
With a full battery!
Put on before arriving.
… as an option
Swim suit or shorts
if needed, i.e. Inhaler, epi pen etc.
We do not provide a towel so you must have yours and come wearing your swimsuit under your clothing as this speeds up our departure giving us more time on the water, also you will be changing with other people of the same sex.
A Hot Chocolate and snack will be provided after your swim.
Being a small company means we have small footprint , therefore better for the environment. It does mean however we haven’t got a shower on site. For those who need a shower our local isite-Adventure Center can provide one for a small fee, just ask us.