Swimming With Dolphins

Swimming With Dolphins
Swim with dolphins and view them in their underwater world is the adventure experience of a lifetime and one that you’ll never forget!!!
Swimming with the dolphins in Picton, New Zealand
Swimming with the dolphins in Picton, New Zealand
Join us on a dolphin swim & viewing cruise in the sheltered calm waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds. We’ll search for Dusky, Bottlenose, Common, Orca and the rare Hector’s dolphins that frequent this amazing area. Whether it’s watching a group quietly cruising along or marveling at their high leaps, back-flips, and somersaults during social bouts, dolphins are a magnificent sight! Our Department of Conservation permit allows us to seek out and interact with all species of marine mammals that live in the Sounds. We take you where the wildlife is and provide respectful interactions with these amazing creatures. During the cruise, we’re also likely to see NZ Fur Seals and a variety of seabirds (like Gannets, Shearwaters and Penguins)

Once spotted, we’ll cruise with the dolphins and get the swimmers ready if conditions allow. As a permitted operator, we abide by the rules and regulations established for dolphin swimming and viewing activities. If conditions are good, then we’ll place swimmers in the water for the adventure of a lifetime! Unlike other dolphin swimming operations around New Zealand where several boats are on the same group of dolphins, we are Picton’s only Dolphin Swimming operator – that means we’re the only boat with swimmers in the water with a group of dolphins. We primarily operate in an area of little to no sea swell – meaning seasickness is rarely an issue for our guests. Wetsuits, masks and snorkels are provided free of charge. If you’re not keen on swimming with the dolphins, then join this tour for some fantastic dolphin viewing from above.

Tour Highlights

5 possible dolphins species (Bottlenose, Dusky, Common, Hectors & Orca)
Dolphins that are wild and FREE!
Scenic cruise in the calm and sheltered Queen Charlotte Sound
Expert knowledge of the wildlife that lives here
All swim equipment provided
Dolphin Viewing success 95% & Swim sucess 80%
Dolphin Swimming Terms – see below
Family Friendly
Conservation focused
Fantastic photo opportunities
Free tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies
Departs Daily (October to April) Check in at 8.15 AM
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This lucky couple get a fantastic look at 2 Bottlenose Dolphins swimming right underneath them.
This lucky couple get a fantastic look at 2 Bottlenose Dolphins swimming right underneath them.
A large group of Bottlenose Dolphins coming straight at this lucky group of swimmers.
A large group of Bottlenose Dolphins coming straight at this lucky group of swimmers.
General Information about swimming with dolphins:
Dolphin Swimming – If you aren’t able to swim with dolphins, we’ll give you a parital refund! Success rate (all year) for viewing dolphins is currently 95%! Success rate (all year) for swimming with dolphins is currently 80%! Please keep in mind that like all dolphin swimming tours in New Zealand, there is always the rare chance that you will not be able to get in the water with wild dolphins. For an update on what we’ve been seeing and swimming with recently, please view our www.facebook.com/naturetours
Wetsuits, masks and snorkels are provided. You will need to bring a swimsuit, towel, camera and sunscreen. A hot deck shower is available immediately after swimming to warm you up. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits are provided free-of-charge after swimming/viewing.
Space is limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Each dolphin swimming tour lasts approximately 2 – 4 hours. Tour times depend on where we find the dolphins.
Viewing dolphins in their underwater world is truly a magical experience and one not soon (if ever!) to be forgotten. It should be noted that open water dolphin swimming operations are not like that of an aquarium type atmosphere. Dolphins are generally very interested in swimmers, however, these are wild animals that are in total control of the situation and we are simply guests in their world. If the dolphins are not in the mood to interact with people, they may simply move on and swimmers should be aware there is the chance that they will not interact with them in the water. If that is the case, we will bring the swimmers back onboard for some awesome viewing from the boat. Please understand that it is the dolphins choice whether to interact with the swimmers and refunds can not be given if the dolphins are “not interested” for whatever reason.
Like all swim with dolphin operators in New Zealand, this is an open water experience – not an aquarium setup. The Marlborough Sounds are extremely sheltered from the wind and we rarely experience any sea swell that makes swimmers sick in other areas of New Zealand. However, if sea and wind conditions are deemed too severe, all dolphin swimming tours will be cancelled for matters of passenger safety. Your safety is paramount to us and we will not put swimmers in the water if the conditions are unsafe for you to disembark or climb back aboard the vessel. If dolphins are viewed, but weather is not good enough to put swimmers in the water then your fare will reduced. Read additional terms and conditions for dolphin swims.
We are a Department of Conservation (DOC) permitted swim with dolphins operators. It is our years of experience operating around both dolphins and whales that provides our guests with important and relevant information during each dolphin swimming or viewing experience.
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Marlborough Sounds scenic cruises and bird watching
Marlborough Sounds scenic cruises and bird watching
Groups and Private Charters

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Ship Cove Marlborough Sounds cruise
Ship Cove Eco-Cruise & Walk

Bird watching tour
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Birdwatchers Expedition

Swimming with dolphins
Swimming with dolphins
Swimming With & Viewing Dolphins

“Loved the Sounds, loved the dolphins – another lifetime ambition completed!”
Paul & Frankie, United Kingdom
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Swim With Dolphins Video

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Dolphin Watch Ecotours Picton Foreshore, PO Box 197 Picton New Zealand Phone: 03 573 8040 Email: [email protected]
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Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours provide Dolphin Swimming & Viewing Tours, Scenic Wildlife Cruises, Bird Watchers Expeditions, School/Educational Packages & Private Charters
( Rebranding 2015 as E-Ko Tours )
We operate out of Picton in the calm & sheltered waters of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. A clean green paradise full of natural beauty, bush, sea, history and wildlife, all waiting to be explored and experienced. Our conservation focused and fully guided tours are fun, informative and educational.
Enviro Gold Award | Dolphin Swimming | Nature Tours
Wildlife, Water & Wilderness…we have it all!

“We had an absolutely great time with the dolphins. It belongs to one of our . . .”
Dagmar and Libor, Czech Republic

Here at Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours we are proud to follow the Marine Mammal Protection Act 1978 and the Marine Mammal Protection Regulations 1992. These ensure the marine mammals of New Zealand are protected and that their conservation is a top priority. Our interactions with the marine mammals of the Marlborough Sounds adhere to all regulations and our conservation focused tours, educate and raise awareness

Tips on How to Do Waterblasting in Auckland


Waterblasting Auckland is a great way to start the fire in your backyard. While there is no specific firewood for a water blower, the concept can be applied to all types of wood. There are some things you should know about using a water blower as a means of starting a fire.

While the idea of using a water blower for starting a fire is very interesting, it should be noted that this is a hobby and not a business. While you do have some freedom over the amount of wood you put out in the backyard, you must realize that you will have to be responsible with the wood that you use. If you are unable to keep up with it, you may end up wasting more than you had to waste in the first place.

First off, you will need to decide how many people are going to be using the fire at one time. If you want to do it alone, you are probably going to have to work with a smaller space. You might want to rent a large piece of property to get the job done. This will make it easier on your wallet.

Once you know how many people will be using the fire at once, you will need to decide if you will build a fire pit for each person or have one big fire. If you decide to build a fire pit for each individual, be sure that they are all facing south. The wind will blow the wood from the southern direction and that will cause smoke.

Once the fire pits are built and ready to go, you need to figure out how you will get your wood to them. A lot of people try to bring their firewood to the fire in a bucket. While it may look like it will work for a while, it could be quite the hassle later on if your wood dries up or has been wet for quite some time.

When you are dealing with wood, make sure that it stays dry. If you allow it to dry, it is much more likely to burn. One way to keep the wood dry is to put it outside. The sun will kill any fungus in the wood, which will prevent it from growing back.

Before you get the water to the fire, you need to make sure that it is clean. This means you need to remove anything that could ignite before adding any fuel to the fire. After you have added fuel, the fuel, you need to monitor the fire closely for any flame.

Make sure that you learn all of the steps of how to do it properly before getting started. You will find that this is an excellent hobby that you will enjoy doing over again.

If you are thinking about building a fire pit, you should remember to have the fire pit completely lit before you start to do the other things with it. This is to ensure that you do not have to put anything out.

When you are doing the fire pit, make sure that you know how to use the fireplace safely. Fire can start very quickly. You do not want to let the fire get out of control in a dangerous manner. If there is anything that can start a fire, you will need to take the fire pit out as quickly as possible.

Waterblasting in Auckland has become very popular over the past few years. There are a number of benefits to doing this type of firework in Auckland. Waterblasting allows you to use all the natural resources available in the area without burning anything. It does not harm the environment, and it does not hurt any animals.

Auckland is a great place for waterblasting. There are a variety of beautiful locations to use the fireplace. If you are looking to spend a relaxing day, you will be able to do it right in your backyard. Make sure you take some time to discover all of the wonderful things you can do with water in Auckland.