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Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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Watch or swim with dolphins and friendly seals in the warm Bay of Plenty waters, near White Island in Whakatane, in New Zealand. Diveworks Charters has been in operation since 1997 and is a genuine family affair. Phil designed and purpose-built the 10m Diveworks boat so it easily handles the sea and is great for divers and snorkelers! During summer, Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters provides the opportunity to swim, view and enjoy dolphins that have come into the Bay of Plenty to feed and breed. Sightings of baby dolphin are incredible and swimming with the friendly Kekeno seals as they swim at Whale Island (Moutohora). - approx 4 hour tour - usually morning tours. Diveworks Charters other boat tours include: Whale Island Guided Walks, Fishing Trips and Diving at White Island. “Over 35,000 people have been on Diveworks - our tour parties are small and with every trip you will feel like one of the family.”
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TwinkD wrote a review Feb 2021
Whakatane, New Zealand454 contributions84 helpful votes
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I took my 10 yo grand daughter out for her birthday and it was amazing!! A truly unforgettable experience. The booking process was easy - just turn up on the day at the appointed time. We went directly out to Whale Island and had an amazing time swimming with the seals who are super friendly and inquisitive so come really close. This was an absolute highlight for me!! Then we went in search of dolphins - they proved to be very elusive and difficult to find BUT with much persistance from Phil we found them!! Although we did not get to swim with them as we had to keep moving the boat to keep up with them it was worth the trip just to watch them. They swam along with the boat - probably about 10 - 15 different dolphins with some mums and babes. My grand daughter was able to sit with her feet dangling over the side of the boat and the dolphins came close enough that they nearly touched her feet!! We will definitely have this on the list of "trips to repeat" and would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone who wants a "memory of a lifetime"!! Thanks to the amazing family who run this excursion!!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Judith N wrote a review Jan 2021
Wellington, New Zealand32 contributions3 helpful votes
We went on the seal and dolphin tour. We swam with seals, fish and sting rays. Unfortunately no dolphins for us - Mother Nature had other ideas - but we had a great time searching. We found a rare massive blue marlin instead and Phil took us to the island to experience hot water beach instead. We had a ball. We are larger people, not confidant in the sea to swim but we were really looked after, made to feel comfortable and welcomed.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Peter Nielsen wrote a review Feb 2020
Denmark6 contributions4 helpful votes
We had booked a tour 13th of January. That was cancelled on a short notice due to adverse weather conditions (windy, bumpy sea, sub-optimal for dolphin-encounters). The next day, however, the tour was carried out, delivering on all parameters. What I'd like to highlight is: 1. the company actually shows responsibility by cancelling tours if the weather is bad for the dolphin encounters. 2. It is a small boat, hence a small group adding to the experience. 3. Equipment, including wet suits is provided. 4. Phil was really an excellent skipper, and ditto tour guide. All in all we had a fantastic day.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Mandy H wrote a review Feb 2020
Whakatane, New Zealand10 contributions3 helpful votes
Booked two trips to Moutohora Whale Island for members of the Whakatane Camera Club and everyone had a fantastic time! Both days Phil, Steph and Carly made sure the photography opportunities were maximised and in such a stunning environment we were spoilt for choice. Saddlebacks, kakariki, seals and amazing scenery.Great value for money!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Wayne Feisst wrote a review Feb 2020
Te Awamutu, New Zealand13 contributions4 helpful votes
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Went and did a trip with Dive Works, and we saw Dolphin on the first leg to Whale Island, Then Swam with the Seals at the Colony that lives there ( This is a certainty). They are amazing to swim with and they interact with you in a way that you will never forget! Phil ( the skipper has a Huge Knowledge of this area and the wild life on and around this area! Then we went in search of another Pod of Dolphins, and soon found a Large Pod that cruised with us allowing lots of Photo opportunity, Then the Main Event was to get in the Water and swim with these Majestic animals! TOTAL mind blowing experience!!! Dive Works has a package that is unique and worth every cent of the price (I concidered quite moderate for this style of activity) and included wetsuits and Snorkeling gear!! 100% Recommended!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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