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Dolphin Blue Tauranga

Tauranga, New Zealand
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About Dolphin Blue Tauranga
We'll give you the chance to go swimming with dolphins or simply watching them in the beautiful Bay of Plenty. Our aim each day is to locate, interact and swim with dolphins. We also offer other activities en-route - snorkeling, swimming or relaxing onboard.
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Laura M wrote a review Jan 2020
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our family of 5 spent the day with Dolphin Blue and had a great day. There were only 12 of us on the boat! We were found a few pods of dolphins- all with babies making swimming impossible. However the chance to see the dolphins in their environment from a chilled out boat was very memorable. Our kids loved it and so did we! Would definitely recommend this company over others- way less people on board! Thank you Paul!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Judets771 wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia25 contributions8 helpful votes
Tough day for Paul & Stu trying to find a pod of dolphins. However to their credit they did not give up!!!! It was much appreciated how determined they were to find them. We ended up seeing a pod of around 100 dolphins, including a few babies. Loved watching them play around the boat and jump through the water. The bonus was as there was only 9 people on board, they gave us the flexibilty to either anchor near a small island and have a swim or stay watching the dolphins. More dolphin watching it was!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Steve Kohn wrote a review Dec 2019
Beijing, China19 contributions
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Fortunately for us a couple changed their plans and it was just my family of four (two children 11 & 9) making the trip quite personal. After an hour or so boat ride we came across a large pod of dolphins swimming around the boat, including baby dolphins ( one of which looked like it had been born that day). Well worth the price to experience dolphins in their natural habitat. The crew, Paul & Stuart were very friendly and knowledgeable of the area, dolphins and other animals in the local seas, and the boat was very comfortable, we had a very sunny day but would still be comfortable and dry to do if raining.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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H Stevenson wrote a review Nov 2019
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My teenage daughters and I had one of the most memorable experiences of our lives with Dolphin Blue. Paul and Stuart were incredible hosts and went the extra mile to make sure that we got the see and swim with dolphins. The boat and gear was clean, the weather was perfect, and the entire experience was something we will cherish forever.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Nat Elliott wrote a review Feb 2018
London, United Kingdom11 contributions19 helpful votes
This was honestly the best thing I've ever done in my life! It was the most surreal experience swimming amongst a pod of 400 dolphins!!! Paul and Stu have you on the back of the boat holding onto a rope with a snorkel on. They take their time to make sure you are ready and comfortable with what is going to happen. I looked at other companies around us and they must have had at least 20 people onboard, the experience of people entering the water seemed rushed and the switch over was quick. They also have two ropes on either side whereas Paul just has the one. I can vouch that you will have a much better experience with Dolphin Blue. The boat was huge, extremely luxurious; we even had our own room to put our belongings in and get changed. The ride was very comfortable and Paul did not sail fast so this was good for our sea sickness. You can either sit up on deck or in the cabin - Paul is very laid back about the whole arrangement. We had snacks and drinks onboard - just remember to bring your lunch and plenty of water! Sun cream is a must even if it doesn't feel hot as it can be deceiving when you are sailing in the breeze or if it is cloudy. There were 9 of us including a couple of children. 4 of us went in first and for a good amount of time! Then we were even able to get in the second time. When you are not in the water, you can go sunbathe on the deck and watch all the dolphins surrounding you. I suggest using Dolphin Blue as they are clearly conservational.. I looked at other companies around us and they must have had at least 20 people onboard, the experience of people entering the water seemed rushed and the switch over was quick. They also have two ropes on either side whereas Paul just has the one. I can vouch that you will have a much better experience with Dolphin Blue. We also did the same trip in Kaikoura but our Dolphin Blue experience was 100 times better!! We got closer and the dolphins are just amazing, they seem to want to play and interact with you Paul was brilliant and Stuart was lovely, making our trip amazing and unforgettable.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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