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About Dolphin Seafaris
Watch & Swim with wild dolphins in the crystal clear waters of the Bay of Plenty. Get closer to dolphins, orca, whales and seals on board our comfortable purpose built 50ft power Cat ' Guardian'. Trips depart daily from Tauranga & Mt Maunganui. Our expert crew of Marine Biologists and divemasters will ensure your trip with us is a great experience for your visit to our region. We supply all gear; wetsuits, masks and snorkels, give a briefing to our swimmers, and also include hot drinks, juice, fresh fruit and morning tea in our prices which are the best around by far. See huge pods of Common Dolphins closer than you will see anywhere playing and just doing what comes natural as you meet them eye to eye in the clear Pacific Ocean. We regularly see Orca, whales (seasonal), seals, seabirds, fishes and offshore nature reserve islands, it's an awesome day out. Join us at Dolphin Seafaris for a first class, comfortable cruise!
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was absolutely amazing! All my hopes and dreams have been more than fulfilled! After some time we found a small pot of dolphins with wich we had a good amount of time to take all the pictures we wanted as they came so close...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Marla, Thank you for taking the time to review your Dolphin Tour with us. We are so happy you were able to come out with us and have such an amazing experience. It really is something extraordinary encountering these wonderful creatures we have in...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I got this for myself and my daughter for Christmas and it was truely the most amazing day! We both loved it so much! We didn’t get to swim with the dolphins but we saw a pod with over 100 dolphins. Seriously worth every dollar!...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for coming out with us on our Dolphin Tour and for your wonderful review. We are so happy you and your daughter had an amazing day with the dolphins and seal! It was such a great day to be on the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family - 2 adults, 8 yr old son and 7 yr old daughter - went on the dolphin watching experience and had an amazing time. We saw lots of dolphins (about 100!) and other wild life (including a shark and a penguin). Going in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear James, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review of your day out with us. We always try our hardest to make sure our passengers get the best possible experience and it's families like yours that makes our...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Had an amazing day on Guardian today - perfect conditions - plenty of dolphins - and for those that chose to do the swim - smiles & high 5's all around. Thanks to the crew - Jesse, Cillie, Lizzie & Sarah - you made the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear NanaSue, Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your day out with us. Having people like you onboard makes our days so much more enjoyable. Kindest, The Dolphin Seafaris Team

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I agree with BB1975 review in regards to the so called swimming part. Not what we or others who I spoke with thought it would be. Very unpleasant experience being dragged behind in the boat wake, practically being drowned. This is not swimming with dolphins...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Tracey, Thank you for your feedback. We hope you were able to go away with some nice memories of the beautiful wild dolphins we were able to find for you. I am sorry but there really is no need for name calling. The skipper...More

Reviewed January 13, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I did this trip last week as part of our bucket list trip to New Zealand. The boat was ok, lots of room on deck to sit and ample space inside and to the back of the boat. You could even go...More

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Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear BB1975, Thank you for taking the time to give us some feedback. It is always appreciated. We are sorry that you felt commandeered and directed, but we find that this is sometimes necessary to get people to get into the water swiftly and to...More

Reviewed January 6, 2019 via mobile

We went out with Dolphin Seafaris last week. The crew were great, very knowledgeable about Dolphins and the local area and excellent with all the children on board. We saw 4 pods of dolphins, 2 pods of common dolphins and 2 pods of bottle nose...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2019

Thank you for such a wonderful review! That was one special day indeed. And thank you for acknowledging how incredibly lucky we all are to be able to spend time with these amazing creatures. We were sorry we could not get any of our passengers...More

Reviewed January 4, 2019 via mobile

We had an awesome day with a very friendly and professional crew. They knew so much about New Zeeland wildlife and water creatures in particular. There were plenty of snacks and drinks and great service. It was hard to find dolphins this day and the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to write us a review. We love sharing our passion for the ocean and showing you how incredibly lucky we are to be able to get so close to the marine wildlife in the Bay of Plenty....More

Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

Boat was nice and efficient, felt really close up with the dolphins. Seen heaps of pods, crew were all nice.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your trip with us. We hope to see you back onboard with us in the future for more dolphin fun. Kindest, The Dolphin Seafaris Team

Reviewed December 23, 2018

Captain was a nice enough bloke but that’s about all I could say was nice about the trip, one kiwi on the crew, enough said. spent 5 hours on a boat finding nothing until we found a nursery pod thus we could not have a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2018

Dear Daniel, It is disappointing to know that you did not enjoy your day on-board Guardian even after the crew worked tirelessly to located wildlife for your viewing pleasure. We were lucky enough to spot a nursery pod after 3.5 hours on the day you...More

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londonreviewer615
November 11, 2018|
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Response from Dolphin S | Property representative |
Hi Londonreviewer, Thank you for your e-mail. The boat is moving forwards slowly so if the sea is not too rough you can hold on with 1 hand. A harness is not a bad idea to bring along if you have one. When were you thinking... More
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Frances M
December 2, 2017|
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Yes we can. When do you disembark. We pick up right outside the cruis ship terminal. .you can find out more information on our website as well. . Cheers
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elizabeth H
July 21, 2017|
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Hi Elizabeth Yes absolutely that is an amazing time to do the safari. The ocean is warm and lots of dolphins around. We have over a 95 percent success rate during the season. You can book at Nzdolphin and find more... More
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