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Orca Wild Adventures

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Tauranga company that takes people out to swim with wild dolphins, as well as showing you any other marine life we can find. We supply everything even lunch and a guided snorkel at a local island. Amazing day with the best crew in the bay by far.
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101 Te Awanui Dr | D3 Tauranga Bridge Marina, Tauranga, New Zealand
+64 22 467 2269
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All reviews swimming with the dolphins bbq lunch awesome crew the water was crystal clear an amazing trip saw dolphins common dolphins lunch stop snorkeling mayor pod seal boat leatherback wildlife captain heaps
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Thank you to Mark, Clare and Rome for a great day on Orca. We saw loads of dolphins including babies and also a bonus pod of pilot wales and a huge stingray whilst snorkelling. Unfortunately no swimming because of the babies but it was still...More

Thank FlorenceL1796
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Just come back from an amazing trip with these guys. Mark, Claire and Rome were fantastic! They could not have done more to make our day awesome! We saw so many dolphins and whales! Even got to snorkel with a sting ray and a puffa...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Emma C
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

This was a great trip that we all thoroughly enjoyed. Professionally run with a friendly crew the views that we had of the dolphins were awesome. At the mid tour lunch break the opportunity to snorkelling in shallow water at the edge of the island...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Chris G
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

First of all, let’s start with positives. Nice friendly crew, lots of dolphins and snorkeling with seals. ‘Swimming’ with the dolphins though... Once you get into the water you have to hold on to a bar while the boat keeps moving. This felt more like...More

2  Thank Stephan X
Mark T, Manager at Orca Wild Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Hi Stephen, wow you guys are really hard to please. I have been running dolphin trips with common dolphins for 10 years now, and have refined our swimming over that time. We do a free swim when the conditions are good for it, but even...More

Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

The initial positives of this trip are that the crew are great and being able to sight dolphins was incredible (the strong winds meant we could not actually swim with the dolphins). However, unfortunately, our overall experience with Orca adventures wasn’t that great. We felt...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Hbrown90
Mark T, Manager at Orca Wild Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Hi Hanna, we are very sorry that you did not enjoy your adventures with us, and I understand your disappointment in not being able to swim with the dolphins. We try really hard to only pick days where the the weather will be suitable for...More

Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

This was probably the best thing we did in New Zealand. The crew was phenomenal and the conditions were great. The dolphins were sighted pretty quickly and we were able to get in the water with them pretty quickly. After we had a good amount...More

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 26 February 2018

Mark, Ellie and Simone are very welcoming and knowledgeable. First pod was mothers and babies. Second pod we could get towed and snorkling with them under and around was amazing. Headed on to Mayor island and a cheeky seal put on a few acrobatics for...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank DeniseH2603
Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

The best value for money trip we have had in New Zealand. We saw a big pod of dolphins after an hour and a half, an absolute joy being next to them, but as they had juveniles with them we couldn’t swim alongside them. Shortly...More

Thank daysjacob
Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Had an amazing day cruising around the Bay of Plenty with skipper Mark and his crew. Managed to find three pods of dolphins, a shark and lots of seals. Really enjoyed snorkelling of Mayor Island and learning all the fun facts from the crew. Would...More

Thank glamb36
Reviewed 15 February 2018

First off, if you're trying to decide between this trip or the one by nzdolphin.com (who are nice people), pick this one. For the same price, you not only get the same dolphin adventures, but you also get a side snorkeling trip to see seals...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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29 September 2017|
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Response from Mark T | Property representative |
Hi Storm, yes we do see Orca from time to time but our main focus is to swim with dolphins. In New Zealand we are not permitted to swim with Orca. Regards Mark
28 August 2017|
Response from Mark T | Property representative |
Hi Tarni-Lee, thanks for the enquiry. Unfortunately our season does not start until December as it is still too cold, so we will not be running. Regards Mark
22 February 2017|
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Response from Mark T | Property representative |
Hi Morgan, No we do not Always swim with dolphins and or seals. But we usually do. Check out our facebook page it gives a pretty fair idea of what happened everyday. Regards Mark