• Swim with the world's smallest dolphins in Akaroa

    2011-12-22

    Many travelers love to view the beautiful marine life that can be found in oceans around the world. Some, however, would rather have an up-close encounter with the aquatic animals by diving right in and swimming alongside them. Tourists who journey to Akaroa in New Zealand can try out a unique activity that allows guests to swim with their tiny dolphins that call this region of the world home.

    According to Jaunted, a travel blog, these Hector dolphins are endangered, as there are only 7,000 left in the wild. They are roughly half the size of other dolphins and have distinct black, gray and white markings. Travelers can join a tour group to interact with the animals in the harbor for a truly memorable vacation experience.

    If travelers prefer not to swim, they may still see some of these wonderful dolphins by taking a sailing cruise, reports the New Zealand tourism website. Several touring companies will take guests on their stunning sailboats for a journey around Akaroa's waters to see the dolphins and other creatures, including seals, penguins and sea birds.

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