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Whales and Dolphin Watch

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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Whale & Dolphin Watch. Your experience of a lifetime...Swim with dolphins and seals with occasional Whale sightings in their natural environment.Tours operate near White Island active marine volcano. Moutohora or Whale Island is a wildlife management reserve 9kms offshore. It is home to much rare and endangered new Zealand wildlife.
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alan c wrote a review Sep 2019
Southampton, United Kingdom10 contributions3 helpful votes
this is a once in a life time experience to see dolphins swimming free and swimming around the boat this trip is for all ages
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Sn0wman wrote a review Jan 2008
Cannock98 contributions69 helpful votes
I've heard from many people that swimming with dolphins is a wonderful experience. Likewise I've heard that the warm, calm and clear waters off the North Island's east coast is the place to do it. However, my track record on whale and dolphin trips was 0 for 2. Apparently there was even a pod of dolphins in Milford Sound - the day before we were there. So, it was with mixed optimism that I booked on this trip to swim with dolphins. Apparently the hit rate was 95% - pretty good odds, with December being a favourable time. At the base we were kitted out in wet suits and flippers, before slapping on a load of sun tan oil. The morning conditions had been perfect, but by the afternoon the wind and swell had picked up a bit. Our party consisted of around 10 people which allowed the company to take out their high-speed boat. The boat was in good condition and the crew were very competent. Combining a high-speed boat with a bit of swell makes for a very exciting ride and we were soon out into the known dolphin areas. However, the dolphins had other ideas. Despite the best efforts of the crew, the nearest we got was a fleeting glimpse of an dorsal fin. What we did see was lots of diving birds, a spectacle by itself. Whilst it was disappointing to be part of that 5%, and going 0 for 3, the companies policy for not inducing dolphin encounters and minimising interference has to be applauded. We were offered a voucher for another trip the next day - but it was time to catch a plane home. Maybe next time...
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Response from Jeepman77, Owner at Whales and Dolphin Watch
Responded 10 Jun 2011
We are sorry you missed out. Dolphins are wild animals and come to the area to feed and breed but we can not always guarantee to find them. Peak season is January/February with a 98% chance of a successful viewing at the least. Since your visit we are now able to swim with the seals as well. This has a 99% probability weather and sea conditions permitting and has proved to be the most popular part of all our tours since they are so friendly and interactive.
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