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Dolphin Seafaris

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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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All reviews an amazing experience swim with the dolphins common dolphins saw dolphins hammerhead shark beautiful creatures dolphins including knowledgeable crew free swim natural environment sea life great trip early start lifetime experience wet suits these guys highly recommend this tour
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Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

We had an incredible day out on the water with Captain Cam and his crew!! It look us a long longer than is apparently normal to find the dolphins, but Cam did not give up! We stayed out there about half an hour longer than...More

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Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

An amazing day! All the crew were so helpful and friendly, very dedicated to customers having the best time. It was clear they were very knowledgeable and passionate. Would definitely recommend to anyone coming to the bay of plenty

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Morgan K
Reviewed March 22, 2018 via mobile

This has by far been the highlight of our holiday. We were lucky enough to spot a pod of dolphins. It was amazing to see them in their natural environment. All of the crew were extremely helpful and friendly and the boat was lovely. This...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank cheesybob
Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

My young son and I had the most amazing experience. So beautiful to see the dolphins in their natural environment and being able to get in the water with them. The staff were also super friendly and helpful.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank barefootlouise
Reviewed March 11, 2018

This was amazing, all of the staff were fantastic and knowledgeable. We were cruising around NZ and booked this for whilst we were in Tauranga.We were very lucky found a pod of around 200 dolphins they were playing all around the boat. Fantastic views and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Paul G
Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

Amazing day! A great guide with wonderful jokes. After our guide told us how we could spot dolphins, everyone was looking for birds above the sea and white splashes. the sea was quiet so we could see very far and it did not take long...More

Thank elinesla
Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

We drove from Ohope Beach to Tauranga for our early start but got caught up in traffic. Cameron was very patient and helpful in guiding us to the wharf. It turned out to be a great half day. The weather was calm and we saw...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 932billp
Reviewed March 4, 2018

We've had a perfect day with skipper Cameron and his crew. The skipper spend more than enough time for the swimming and for watching wildlife. We advise everyone to enjoy the services of Dolphin Seafaris. From The Netherlands with love!

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Rik K
Reviewed February 26, 2018 via mobile

It was an absolute amazing experience! We saw dolphins and whales, just beautiful creatures. The dolphins seemed very curious and stayed with the boat during the swim. We all had wet suits and felt safe on the swim bars. It was a thrilling, lifetime experience...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Meander587161
Reviewed February 24, 2018

DON'T book with a company that may or may not get you into the water with dolphins. Dolphin Safaris puts the emphasis on finding dolphins and letting you swim with them. Success is over 80%. We had an incredible day surrounded by MANY hundreds of...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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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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