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Dolphin Seafaris

300 reviews
Mount Maunganui, New Zealand
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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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Get up close to wild dolphins in their natural habitat during a 5-hour dolphin cruise from Tauranga. You can watch from the boat or interact with these playful marine mammals as you swim and snorkel alongside them in the water. Hear informative live commentary and enjoy hot drinks and muffins on board. Tour operates during summer months from November to May.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during Easter holidays and had most amazing experience of watching 300 plus dolphins. The boat ride could be a bit tricky if u have sea sickness as we did but experience is unbelievable. Lucky to see so many together . Do need to carry...More

Thank NisheshV
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We very much enjoyed our trip which we did on the Saturday of the Easter break. The trip out was pleasant and relatively calm. We spent a while searching for dolphins - so you need to be prepared for that. It was worth it as...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 435lynw
Reviewed March 31, 2019

Only after booking did I realise that while I could not cancel under their terms, they could cancel up to the night before. Totally unfair contract terms, and when I complained of it to TripAdvisor they were not interested. the trip was then a disaster,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank maxashton1
Reviewed March 4, 2019

We wen't on the 4 hours boat trip to swim with the dolphins. It took quite a while before we've seen a pods of about 40 dolphins. There was no option to swim with the dolphins as they got young once. This is nothing to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank nudge4711
Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2019

Kia Ora, Thank you for coming on our Dolphin Tour with us. We love showing our passengers the beautiful creatures in the Bay and especially the dolphins. I am sorry we were unable to find a pod for you to swim with, but as you...More

Reviewed February 27, 2019

This event was on my nephews bucket list. He is visiting from Canada and did the trip February 27 2019. When we went to pick him up his face told the story. He had a fantastic time and didn’t stop talking about it all the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2019

Thank you for your wonderful review. We had such a great time on the Bay with your nephew. He was so happy to be in the water with the dolphins and so excited to be on the water with us. Did he make his flight...More

Reviewed February 27, 2019

We were out on the water for about 5 hours and saw a lot of dolphins as well as a hammerhead shark. The weather was beautiful and the crew was super. I would definitely do this again.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank woodwhisperer
Dolphin S, Manager at Dolphin Seafaris, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2019

Kia Ora, Thank you for coming on our Dolphin Tour with us. We love what we do and we love to share the passion with our passengers. Please come back and see us again when you get a chance. Kindest, The Dolphin Seafaris Team

Reviewed February 1, 2019 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 February 3, 2019

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 January 30, 2019 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 February 1, 2019

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 January 15, 2019 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 January 15, 2019

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 January 14, 2019

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 January 15, 2019

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

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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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