- Duration: 4 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Picton
- Product code: DolphinView
Join us on New Zealand's BEST dolphin experience in the calm waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds.
Our qualified guides are there to ensure you (and the dolphins) have the best and safest experience possible. See for yourself why E-Ko has the best things to do in the Marlborough Sounds.
We'll be searching for Dusky, Bottlenose, Common, Orca and the rare Hector's dolphins that frequent this unique area. Whether it's watching a group quietly cruising along or marvelling at their high leaps, back-flips and somersaults during social bouts, dolphins are a magnificent sight! Our Department of Conservation permits 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. The dolphin view allows you to get close to the dolphins without having to get in the water! 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 not an issue for our guests.Hot drinks and some cookies wil be provided while we cruise back to Picton.
Swim briefing starts 08:15 and departure at 09:00
View briefing starts 08:30 and departure at 09:00
We are located conveniently on Picton's main Waterfront with car parking close by and only a 1-minute walk from the main street. Just look for the Dusky Dolphin outside our shop!
Come inside to see our stunning display of life size models of the wildlife species you will encounter on your experience. Wildlife information can be downloaded FREE to your phone.
Board our purpose built vessels at our floating wharf for your small group experience before embarking on your cruise through the scenic and sheltered waters of the southern Queen Charlotte Sound.
Even though this tour is in the calm sheltered waters of the Marlborough Sounds it is still an open ocean experience and in order to swim with the dolphins you should be confident in the open ocean. If you have any concerns please call us and talk to one of our expert guides who will help assess your suitability to participate in this tour. You will be required to sign a declaration stating you are medically fit and Healthy and also a liability disclaimer if you are participating in the swimming experience.
Please note space for the view option has limited spaces which depends on the number of swimmers. During busy times we recommend our Motuara Island Wildlife and Dolphin Watching Cruise