Kaikoura coastal waters merely teem with playful dolphins. These cheerful mammals swim close to the water surface as every 5 to 10 minutes they need to breathe the air using a hole located on the head that works like a huge nostril. Dozens of dolphins might be seen swimming around Kaikoura, jumping out of the water and cheering holiday-makers.
There are two options you might choose from: either watch the dolphins from the boat or make use of a wetsuit, a mask, a snorkel and fins provided and literally swim alongside with the dolphins.
Although dolphin tours are available throughout the year, the winter season is better for diving as then the waters are the clearest.