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“An Unforgettable Day Out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters

Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters
96 The Strand, Whakatane 3020, New Zealand
+64 7-308 2001
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Owner description: Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters is based in Whakatane, New Zealand. Swimming with dolphins and friendly seals is one of the most enjoyable nature experiences available in the region. Many travellers have called us "there best New Zealand experience" We operate a fast stable boat with a maximum group size of 15. Crews are qualified swimmers to to assist you and ensure your safety and enjoyment.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“An Unforgettable Day Out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013 via mobile

Why have Diveworks only had 4 reviews so far?! Maybe because they are New Zealand's best-kept secret!
The crew were awesome and V generous with their time (they really want you to see + swim with dolphins so they'll keep looking for as long as it takes!).
The day is V varied (swimming with dolphins + seals, riding alongside the dolphins on a banana boat, watching them from the bow of the ship...)
A great day out for all ages. Can't recommend it highly enough!

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“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The highlight of our trip to New Zealand! The crew were friendly, enthusiastic and accomodating.
Swam with 10-15 Seals (including a pup) and a HUGE pod of dolphins in their natural environment, both were curious and friendly towards humans, swam close enough to touch. All gear was provided, hot drinks after a swim, hot showers when back on shore. We cannot wait to go back and do another tour with them again.

Visited February 2013
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Palmerston North
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“Lived up to expectations - which were high!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Cannot add much more than previous reviews. We swam with a pod of 200 dolphins and had a REALLY close up swim with four seals at Whale Island. Weather was fantastic, crew and all staff very friendly and extremely competent/helpful. All in all a grade A experience - thoroughly recommended.

Visited February 2013
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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“Incredible experience with a huge pod of dolphins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

A wonderful experience to view close up the dolphins and seals in their own beautiful environment. The friendly team at Diveworks help you to snorkel in the open sea and show you how to view and interact with the dolphins ...and even sing to them! The seals were basking in shallow water when we visited but it was lovely to glide close to them while they were relaxing. Some swam past to find out who we were. We snorkeled in a bay near Whale Island looking at other fish, interesting rock formations and marine life. It was great to be on a boat that takes smaller numbers which makes the whole occasion more enjoyable and friendly. Not to be missed.

Visited February 2013
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Jeepman77, Owner at Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
It was a real pleasure. We are having a great summer with plenty of Dolphins and extra friendly seals. Please come again.
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Whakatane, New Zealand
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“Swimming with the seals was great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

Beautiful weather, snorkel gear was all provided, this was my first time ever as a 77 year old swimming like this in the ocean. The captain and crew were most helpful and assisted me with a float which made it easy. The seals are so friendly and were swimming and diving right underneath us. Later we saw dolphins and several people on board swam with them, but I was not to sure about the open sea.
All in all a wonderful experience and not to be missed.

Visited January 2011
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