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Swim With Wild Dolphins in Tauranga provided by Dolphin Seafaris

Swim With Wild Dolphins in Tauranga

Swim With Wild Dolphins in Tauranga
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6h
Group size:
40
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Norwegian, German, English, French
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Norwegian, German, English, French
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 17517P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Sightseeing dolphin cruise
  • Beverages, Tea, Coffee
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • T-shirts available to purchase
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Dolphin Seafaris NZ, Tauranga Bridge Marina Berth D1, 101 Te Awanui Drive, Matapihi, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand We meet at Tauranga Bridge Marina where there is plenty of free all day parking. Our boat is berthed on D1 just outside the restaurant.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All trips are subject to weather and minimum booking numbers.
  • Trips operate with a 48 hour non refundable cancellation.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Children must be over 7 to swim with dolphins and be confident swimmers in the ocean.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not recommended for travellers with mobility constraints
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Inclusions
  • Sightseeing dolphin cruise
  • Beverages, Tea, Coffee
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
  • T-shirts available to purchase
Departure details
  • Dolphin Seafaris NZ, Tauranga Bridge Marina Berth D1, 101 Te Awanui Drive, Matapihi, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand We meet at Tauranga Bridge Marina where there is plenty of free all day parking. Our boat is berthed on D1 just outside the restaurant.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All trips are subject to weather and minimum booking numbers.
  • Trips operate with a 48 hour non refundable cancellation.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Children must be over 7 to swim with dolphins and be confident swimmers in the ocean.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not recommended for travellers with mobility constraints
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
147 reviews
Excellent
116
Very good
13
Average
5
Poor
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Terrible
10

Kirstie1829
Regina, Canada30 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We went on this tour as part of our honeymoon and loved it. I get sea sick and taking gravol helped about 90% but I still had some unpleasant moments because the boat moves so much, just as a heads up. It was totally worth it though to see the dozens of dolphins jumping around the boat. We have been swimming with dolphins that were penned and there was a sadness to that experience. Knowing that these dolphins are wild and free and that we did not interfere with them in any way was a good feeling. The crew was all awesome as well! We highly recommend this company for this experience.
Written 14 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
DolphinSeafaris
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so happy that you decided to see dolphins in the wild where they belong and make the effort even battling through a spell of seasickness to share our passion with us. We hope you had an amazing honeymoon in New Zealand. Thank you again and we hope to see you again. Kindest, The Dolphin Seafaris Team
Written 15 February 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Shiree80
Auckland Central, New Zealand8 contributions
Jun 2020
Cille and her amazing team worked their magic and I was able to swim with the dolphins on my actual 40th Birthday in the middle of winter. I took along my mum and sister and we honestly had the best day. Not only did we get to swim and free swim with these beautiful creatures but we saw seals, albatross and to finish off the day orca's in the Tauranga Harbour. Cille and the crew took great care of us and was a prefect sunny winter's day out on the water for 6 hours taking in nature, scenery and the sea breeze. Cille also surprised me after our dolphin swim with a birthday cake and bubbles so I felt very special, it definitely was the icing on the cake. I had always wanted to swim with dolphins and previously had different trips cancel on me due to weather so I was so grateful I was able to do it on my birthday and was definitely a day I will never forget. Thank you so much Cille
Written 8 October 2020
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DolphinSeafaris
Kia ora Shiree, Thank you so much for your wonderful review and thank you for wanting to come out with us to celebrate your birthday. It was such a magical day. I just loved seeing you and your sister having such a blast in the water with the dolphins. We hope to welcome you back onboard again. You must have brought us some good luck that day ☺️ Thank you again for choosing to come out with Dolphin Seafaris on your special day. Ngā mihi nui, Cille and the Dolphin Seafaris Team
Written 9 October 2020
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Denise S
Tauranga, New Zealand16 contributions
Jan 2020
Wow, this is just the best day out. The weather was perfect, the staff were great, the skipper of the boat was the best and very informative. The dolphins were playful and happy to play alongside the boat. Those that swam with them behind the boat clearly enjoyed the fabulous opportunity. We even saw some babies with their mums, having a great time playing in the wake of the boat. Such a gorgeous day.
Written 27 January 2020
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DolphinSeafaris
Kia ora and thank you for the wonderful review of our Dolphin Encounter. It is always so nice to show people like yourselves the amazing wildlife in the Bay of Plenty and especially the playful and beautiful common dolphins. We hope to welcome you back onboard in the future. Ngā mihi nui, The Dolphin Seafaris Team
Written 28 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jessa E
Thornton, CO4 contributions
Jan 2022
This trip was amazing, SO much better than we could have hoped for. We considered ourselves fortunate just with the trip and our guides, but then when we got to see the many dolphin pods, and got to swim with them swarming around us. Just incredible! We did get to see the lottery fish, so we bought our power ball ticket, and while we didn't win, we definitely consider ourselves amazing winners with this trip.
Written 23 January 2022
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DolphinSeafaris
Thank you Jess and Nick! You two are absolutely superstars. Thank you for your amazing reviews and your incredible enthusiasm and energy. Shame you didn't win the lottery, but a flying fish totally makes up for it. Safe travels and we hope to see you back here in the Bay sometime in the future. Kindest, The Dolphin Seafaris Team
Written 24 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lucia Araoz
Dunedin, New Zealand3 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
What an amazing experience!! Highly recommend it. We saw hundreds of dolphins (many with their calves and that’s why we couldn’t swim with them ), blue penguins and a leatherback turtle. At some point when I thought we would not spot any dolphins, I was still happy with the outing: the Tauranga port with their massive ships was impressive and it had been fun boat ride with a lovely and super friendly crew. Then they spotted the first of two pods and what a dream! Absolutely Incredible!
Written 5 December 2020
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DolphinSeafaris
Kia ora Lucia, Thank you for taking the time to write us such a great review. We all really enjoyed having you and your family out with us for our tour. Such a wonderful family. We look forward to welcoming you onboard next time you are in Tauranga. Ngā mihi nui, The Dolphin Seafaris Team
Written 12 December 2020
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Catherine
3 contributions
May 2020
The staff were very welcoming and helpful and the boat very comfortable. Although we didn't see dolphins, we did have time watching a Bryde's whale- apparently a very rare sighting, as they are shy creatures. It was a great experience and a wonderful day out in the beautiful Bay.
Written 22 May 2020
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DolphinSeafaris
Kia ora, Thank you so much for your review. It certainly was an amazing sight and encounter. We hope to be able to welcome you back in the future to show you the amazing dolphins that we also have here. Ngā mihi, The Dolphin Seafaris Team
Written 22 June 2020
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Annie B
8 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Outstanding.
So lucky to find a pod of approx 500 dolphins. The sea was boiling dolphins.
Commentary by Tane cracked me up several times.
Plenty of room on the boat. I even lay down and slept on the way back.
Easygoing but professional.
Getting in the water was easy. You never let go of the bar and are dragged behind the boat.
Thank you so much.
Written 6 March 2020
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DolphinSeafaris
Kia ora, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We really enjoy having passengers like yourself on our Wild Dolphin Encounter. We hope to welcome you back onboard again in the future. Ngā mihi, The Dolphin Seafaris Team
Written 20 March 2020
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Andrew T
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand18 contributions
Feb 2020
Great trip. Calm and warm day with great visibility in the water. Saw lots of dolphins from the bow of the boat. Did the swim but didn’t see many dolphins in the water - that part of the trip wasn’t as good as I’d hoped.
Written 17 February 2020
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DolphinSeafaris
Thank you so much for your review Andrew. The dolphins can be a little tricky sometimes to see at the back of the boat, they do love hanging at the bow. So great that we managed to get you in the water with the dolphins though and that you had a great time overall. Kindest, The Dolphin Seafaris Team
Written 18 February 2020
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kathym1242
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand60 contributions
Jul 2020
No swimming yesterday! as it is the middle of winter, but what a fantastic trip we had, rare birds, lots of different varieties and the stars of the show turned up in massive amounts, what wonderfully graceful animals. Can't speak highly enough of the staff operating the trip - just an all round unforgetable trip. In my opinion a must do in ANY season.
Written 4 July 2020
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DolphinSeafaris
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review for your trip out with us. It certainly was an incredible day in the middle of winter. I hope all your photos turned out stunning. We cannot wait to welcome you back out on the water later on in the year. Ngā mihi nui, The Dolphin Seafaris Team
Written 5 July 2020
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Annie Y
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand17 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
The lovely staff( Nathan, Pam and Cille) were amazing. So engaging, knowledgeable and genuinely interested in wildlife and people. Had a ball today! Thank you all. Real treat to see a huge pod of mumma and bub 🐬 dolphins...and fur seals. And cool seabirds!
Written 22 February 2021
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DolphinSeafaris
Kia ora Annie, Thank you so much for coming on our Wild Dolphin Encounter with us, and for taking the time to give us such an amazing review. It really is appreciated. We love sharing our passion and showing the wonderful wildlife of the Bay of Plenty. Ngā mihi nui, The Dolphin Seafaris Team
Written 19 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Kaylee333
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Unforgettable
This was such an amazing experience! Nathan and cila were wonderful. Strongly recommend this to all. So great to se
esteban1245
esteban1245
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Epic experience
Truely a lovely experience and saw many dolphins and other animals. The staff are very genuine and friendly. Defini
JJBdt2014
JJBdt2014
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AMAZING Experience with Dolphins
Best tour we have done in New Zealand so far. We had the chance to see over 50 dolphins (probably closer to 100) an
bronwynb180
bronwynb180
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Absolutely bloody amazing
I got this for myself and my daughter for Christmas and it was truely the most amazing day! We both loved it so muc
traceysl9
traceysl9
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This is not "swimming" with dolphins
I agree with BB1975 review in regards to the so called swimming part. Not what we or others who I spoke with though
Jacqui S
Jacqui S
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Great day out and lovely crew
We went out with Dolphin Seafaris last week. The crew were great, very knowledgeable about Dolphins and the local a
952kristinb
952kristinb
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Perfect!
We had an awesome day with a very friendly and professional crew. They knew so much about New Zeeland wildlife and
Tmxwl
Tmxwl
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Mrs
Boat was nice and efficient, felt really close up with the dolphins. Seen heaps of pods, crew were all nice.
joebloomy
joebloomy
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Incredible, one of best experiences ever!
We went out on a Saturday morning, sunny day with pretty calm waters. After a couple hours searching we reached a p
frogfriendly
frogfriendly
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Phenomenal experience!
I have always wanted to get up close and personal with dolphins as I adore them. However never wanted to visit the
Schlumpf2
Schlumpf2
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Worst trip in 4 weeks NZL
Spent 6 hours with full speed on a poor boat with unfriendly staff staff and an incapable captain. We finally found
Waleed S
Waleed S
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Great adventure and unforgettable experience!
We had a great time with Cameron! The trip was memorable and we had almost 100 dolphins swimming around us. Nothing
Markus_Ldn
Markus_Ldn
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Superb experience with beautiful creatures
OMG, what an amazing experience of beautiful / majestic animals. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Cameron and his
EnglishCanadian
EnglishCanadian
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Top Notch
What a trip, what a crew and we saw lots of dolphins too! Extremely helpful and knowledgeable crew who made the tri
Morgan K
Morgan K
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Unforgettable once in a life time experience
An amazing day! All the crew were so helpful and friendly, very dedicated to customers having the best time. It was
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