Dolphin Swimming Tour


  • 5 Species of Dolphin
  • Fully Guided with Qualified Staff
  • Calm Sheltered Warm Waters
  • Stunning Scenery
  • Fantastic Photo Oppurtunities

Pricing from:

  • Adult: $165
    16+ years
  • Child: $135
    5 – 15 years
  • Infant: $30
    0 – 4 years

Tour Info

  • Duration: 4 Hours
  • Departures:
    Daily at 0900
  • Location:
    No 1 Wellington Street , Picton
  • Briefing Time: 0830

Swim with Wild Dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds

Join us on New Zealand’s best dolphin swimming experience in the shimmering, flat waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds.

Swimming with wild dolphins is a genuine bucket list activity – we never get tired of seeing the joy and wonder on the faces of our swimmers!

We’ll be searching for Dusky, Bottlenose, Common, Orca and the rare Hector’s dolphins that frequent this unique area.

Ready, Set, Swim (with dolphins!)🐬

Once spotted, we’ll cruise with the dolphins and get you ready to swim 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 you in the water where you will experience a real adventure for your soul – an experience you’ll never forget.

Whether it’s watching a group quietly cruising along or marvelling at their high leaps, backflips and somersaults during social bouts, dolphins are a truly magnificent sight!

Guides and Permits

Our degree qualified guides are there to make sure you (and the dolphins) have the best and safest experience possible.

Our special Department of Conservation permits allow us to seek out and interact with all species of marine mammals that live in the Sounds.

We’ll take you there and provide respectful interactions with these amazing creatures.

You’ll see more than just dolphins.🐧

During the cruise, we’re also likely to see NZ Fur Seals and a variety of seabirds (like Gannets, Shearwaters and Penguins).

We pride ourselves that on an E-Ko tour, we will show you a wider variety of wildlife species than on any other NZ marine tour.

Once you come out of the water, your guides will be waiting with hot drinks and cookies which you can enjoy while we cruise back to Picton.

Swimming or Viewing?

It’s worth noting that we offer you the option of simply viewing dolphins or swimming with them on the same tour.

So if you are part of a group and only some of you want to swim, that’s perfectly fine.

Why Choose E-Ko?

Unlike other dolphin swimming operations around New Zealand where several boats are around 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.

And of course, don’t forget our no seasickness guarantee – our waters are so calm that in over 10 years of operation we have never had a guest suffer from seasickness – no one else is willing or able to offer this guarantee!

All equipment is provided for you. Just bring your swimwear, a towel, your camera and a sense of adventure.


Prices include all equipment and gear – just bring your swimwear and a towel.

  • Adult: (16+ years) $165
  • Child: (5-15 years) $135
  • Infant: (0-4 years) $30

Tour Times ⏰

  • Briefing: 08:15
  • Departure: 09:00
  • Duration: 4 hours

Where are we?

You’ll find us on Picton’s waterfront with car parking close by and only a 1-minute walk from the main street.

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.

Your Safety

Even though this tour is in the 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.

You’ll need to sign a declaration stating you are medically fit and healthy and also a liability disclaimer if you are participating in the swimming experience.

If you have any concerns please call us and chat to us about your suitability to participate in this tour.


Trip advisor – 5 STAR *****

Had the most amazing experience yesterday! Saw probably a dozen dolphins up close (so close you could almost touch…but remember, don’t touch the special sea friends). Sunny day, water not too cold. Staff was knowledgeable, friendly and as excited we were. All in all, a beautiful time out.

Trip Advisor – 5 STAR *****

Booked last minute for the dolphin swim. Truly fantastic experience. Nice and warm in the sea despite being autumn thanks to thick wetsuits. In the water had lots of close up views of dolphins swimming around us, and on the boat the dolphin viewing was incredible. Couldn’t recommend enough!

Facebook — 5 star *****

Loved it! The crew, the boat… the dolphins! Everything was awesome!