One of the top things to do in New Zealand is definitely swimming among wild dolphins in the ocean with Encounter Kaikoura. It is scary, tiring and crazy but oh so epic, memorable and LEGEND…wait for it…DARY! And below are many pictures and a video to prove it.
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SWIM WITH DOLPHINS VIDEO
Let's start with a video! As someone else on the tour lent me his GoPro camera, I was able to film my whole swim. Don't worry, I cut it to just a few minutes with the best shots of the wild dolphins underwater.
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I was well rested after my Kaikoura Peninsula Walk, which was good because this whole experience started at 4am: I had no problem walking up as I was so excited and scared at the same time. I knew it was going to be a one of the most memorable moments in all my travels but I kept asking myself: Am I crazy? Swimming in the middle of the ocean with big & completely wild animals which are so at ease in the water?
For all of you who are scared by the idea, just push yourself, I promise this is so worth it! One of the best things to do in South island!
We swam with plenty of dolphins, watched them play from the boat, spotted a whale and admired albatrosses flying. What an experience!
And do not miss the video after all the photos!
We were booked into the very early trip and were dropped off at the centre Encounter Kaikoura for the security briefing and to set up our gear. We boarded the boat at some had more difficulties than others staying awake:
Encountering more than just dolphins
We were starting to feel unlucky not finding any dolphins when we spotted a sperm whale. We did not have the right boat to approach but it was still very impressive to see its size and observe the tail when it dived.
Spotting whales near Kaikoura is one of the unforgettable things to in in New Zealand
We then observed several albatrosses flying around and showing off their impressive wingspan.
The swim with wild dolphins
And then it happened! The team of the boat shouted they spotted dolphins and we jumped very quickly into the water. No time to think or get scared, I was already floating and trying to spot the dolphins while getting my hands warm. The dolphins were coming close and swimming fast. It was exhilirating!
Watching dolphins from the boat
After getting back to the boat, the dolphins stayed around and played on the waves created by the boat. They seemed to really have fun! And so did we
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