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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 sting ray the water was crystal clear an amazing trip these guys saw dolphins common dolphins lunch stop snorkel mayor pod seal boat claire leatherback
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Reviewed yesterday

An absolutely perfect day out. We were so lucky with the weather after our original trip cancelled the day before and it was well worth the 430am wake up call - even for the kids who delighted in every part of the trip. We were...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DianneB89
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

These guys go above and beyond to ensure you have an enjoyable day out on the water. Couldn't ask for more. Thanks so much. 😊

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lea A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fantastic day out on Orca. We got to swim with a pod of common dolphins. Then we saw some false killer whales and oceanic bottle nosed dolphins (one had a baby). Then snorkelling in a beautiful bay. The crew were lovely and...More

Thank 145gillianm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After having unfortunately canceled the excursion of January 6th because of the wind too strong, I was able to postpone the following day because the conditions were better. And what a lucky man I am ! We saw an incredible amount of dolphins and whales...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MomoScr
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Knowledgeable captain, friendly crew, had a fab day with the bonus of seeing false orca whales with the bottlenose dolphins, also saw some common dolphins - unfortunately they were too busy being amorous for us to swim with! Great day out, one of the best...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SausagePower
Reviewed 8 December 2018 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 7 December 2018 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

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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

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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