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Why Choose Us?

We understand you have a choice, here’s why we think you should choose us:

We’re #1 on TripAdvisor

Over 2,000 guests have ranked us as the #1 tour provider in Akaroa. We’re hugely proud of this, and it didn’t happen by chance. With every one of our cruises, we combine hard work with enthusiasm to ensure you have an experience that you will never forget.

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Over the past 12 months, we’ve had a 98% success rate with dolphin sightings. If you’re among the rare few who don’t see dolphins, you can cruise again with us for free. Please note, we do not swim with the dolphins.

Complimentary Drinks & Home Baked Treats

When you board our boat you’ll be offered a complimentary drink. Choose from beer, award-winning local wine, low or non-alcoholic options. You’ll also enjoy our famous home baked treats made from our family recipe and served to you by our delightful onboard crew.

Less People, More Enjoyment

We keep our passenger groups small so that you have more room to move around the boat, and enjoy your cruise without overcrowding or missing dolphin sightings due to a shortage of viewing space.

Our Dolphin Spotting Dogs

An integral part of the team is our expert dolphin spotting dogs. Equipped with dog life vests and a keen ear for spotting dolphins, they’ll help make your dolphin encounter an unforgettable experience. Click here to learn more about our dogs.

Family-Operated Business, Managed with Love

At the core, we’re a family business with our management team being 5th & 6th generation Banks Peninsula locals. Alongside our family members, we have a passionate team who are committed to you having a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Click here to learn more about our team.

Luxurious & Comfortable Boat

Enjoy your cruise from our deck offering panoramic views, or enjoy the comfort of inside; where you can still enjoy the scenery while lounging on our boat’s plush interiors. Click here to learn more about our NEW purpose-built catamaran.

Low-Lying Boat for Closer Dolphin Encounters

Our boat has a low-lying profile which means you get closer to the dolphins and other wildlife!

Conservation & Wildlife Preservation

We are committed to the conservation of our harbour's environment and wildlife. After all, it’s the centrepoint of our business. We hold a Department of Conservation SMART (Sustainable Marine Mammal Actions in Recreation and Tourism) operator permit. In order to maintain this status, we must operate in a sensitive and responsible manner around dolphins, whales, and seals, to ensure we have minimal impact on the environment and wildlife. Click here to learn more about our conservation commitments.

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