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“Small group. Big heart”

Dolphin Blue Tauranga
Ranked #24 of 59 Tours in Tauranga
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 16, 2012

As a single pax i had a most enjoyable day aboard Commander I. Captain Paul and Allison were super hosts along with Velissa (naturalist) and created a wonderful friendly atmosphere. They were able to explain everything that we saw and had lots of field guides on board. Travelling with a small group in this kind of atmosphere made it a memorable day. A special thanks from me for being such wonderful hosts....the guy from Sri Lanka. Howard Martenstyn

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Reviewed January 6, 2012

What a simply sensational day we had on Dolphin Blue. We saw a fantastic pod of Dolphins and although we could not swim with them due to the young ones in the pod - it was still well worth it. Paul and Alison made our party of 7 (inc. 3 children) feel most welcome and comfortable on the boat. A larger dolphin watching boat was close to us at one stage and I was so thrilled to be on Commander 1 and not having to jostle with so many other people to view the dolphins.

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Reviewed April 2, 2011

We enjoyed our outing with Dolphin Blue very much. The captain was assiduous in searching for dolphin pods with great success. The boat was excellent and just the right size for a companionable experience, especially for the "swimming" option which we used. The owners were really pleasant people to spend a day on the water.with.

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Reviewed March 5, 2011

This trip is worth it. Do not be put off by the expense of this charter. Paul and Alison Aitken do what they can to ensure you have a memorable and enjoyable trip without getting too commercial. They have a small client to guide ratio which allows for a more personalized trip. Their hospitality is most welcoming. Warm and cool drinks along with small snacks are provided. Wet suits/lifejackets/ snorkel gear are all available. Sunscreen was offered to ensure you didn't burn as well. We have seven and nine year old children and the crew ensured they were safe at all times. As noted in their guarantee they try to reschedule another trip if you do not see dolphins on the day of your charter. Our first try for the charter was on the day of the Christchurch earthquake and bigger than usual ocean swells were present. Paul and Alison made a point of rescheduling another trip so we were not disappointed. That's service!

Thank pkwan
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Reviewed February 24, 2011

The advantage is that the boat only takes upto 15 people, so it is a really nice relaxing atmosphere and we were treated with a lot of sympathy by captain Paul and his lovely wife. We've seen 3 pots of dolphins (16 + 6 + 10), 1 shark and a little pinguin. The weather was beautifull. We put the wetsuits on and jumped into the water for a swim with the dolphins, but they preferred to stay at the front of the boat, and we were at the back. In any case, the dolphins seemed to really enjoy our company and were jumping in and out of the water all the time. An unforgetable day at the beautifull Bay of Plenty.
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