Fabulous tour, wonderful service
We had the warmest of welcomes from Mark and Desiree as we boarded this beautiful boat. The tour was so informative, with stunning scenery and we got to see lots of dolphins and seals.
Akaroa Dolphins is a family owned and run business and we think this is why the service and attention to detail was so great. They really care that you have the best time. Thank you for such great hospitality and a fantastic tour!
Lisa S - June 2017
Magical dolphin experience
My 68 year old mother and I booked this on the day. Desiree greeted us warmly and gave us jackets to put over our legs in case we got cold (which was a great idea!). I had a glass of beautiful Sauvignon Blanc at the beginning of the cruise and we were given chocolate chip cookies at the end. The skipper Bainzy gave a lot of great information on the loudspeaker about the harbour and its treasures. Along the way we saw baby NZ fur seals, albatross, and even penguins. But the magic was in seeing the gorgeous Hector's dolphins. We started off seeing one and then a mum and her calf. Soon the skipper guided us so that we had many playing with the boat and leaping out of the water! I've been on many ocean cruises in search of her creatures, but this was the best. My complements to the whole family who operate the business and the mighty Buster who is a fantastic dolphin pooch.
Tamsin H - June 2017
Great tour option
Thoroughly enjoyed this two hour trip. The commentary was excellent and you can tell that the operators (who contribute a portion of every fare to a conservation fund) are totally committed to the preservation of the wildlife and habitats. We saw penguins, seals and Hector's dolphins. Buster the dolphin detecting dog was friendly and so cute in his little hi-vis life vest. Katie the crew member looking after the passengers on our tour was responsive and really did keep an eye out for those that needed assistance.
Kiwi D - April 2017
Wow! Mark and Natalie did such a great job making us feel right at home, refreshments, jackets if cold, engaging conversation. Outstanding job finding penguins, seals and of course lots of dolphins. I prefer small and personal, I am sure the larger operations are good but for me it is the personal touch, not just being a number.
Paul M - April 2017
So good we did it twice!
A wonderful 2 hour cruise for fantastic sightings of Hectors Dolphins, blue penguins and seals with their pups splashing in rock pools. Jet, the dog, was brilliant at listening out for the Dolphins and guiding us in the right direction for the best sightings. Many sea birds, wonderful scenery and great commentary.
We loved it so much we signed up again for the afternoon tour.
Denise R - January 2017