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“Great day out”

Dolphin Blue Tauranga
Ranked #25 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 February 14, 2014

We had a wonderful day, The crew were brilliant and put great effort into locating the dolphins which we eventually found in the afternoon, sadly we were unable to get in the water with them as they had young with them.

Thank anne h
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Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful Christmas present with this boxing day trip! Although we couldn't swim with the dolphins (due to babies in the pod) we were surrounded by over 200 dolphins swimming in the bow wave, with the cute babies glued to their mothers! As well as the captain who was great to talk to on the bridge we had a further guide who was very knowledgeable and as well as answering all our questions had some wonderful stories! After our encounter with dolphins we headed out to mayor island to have lunch (make sure you bring your own!) And a bit of a snorkel and kayak for an hour or so - actually beautiful!
Overall if you want a full day out on the boat, with more than just dolphins l would wholely recommend this trip!

(Just don't be put off of ever getting back in the sea after seeing the sharks on the way out of the harbour!)

1  Thank jackwjarvis
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

....she loved the trip ! She got to snorkle & kayak. Many dolphins swam all around the boat so they were able to watched them for ages, taking lots of photos.
Although she did get a litle sea sick it wasn't a problem & really enjoyed the day on the Commander.

Thank HON1963
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

Had the most amazing and luxurious trip on the commander 1. I took my parents who are quite old, and my young children, and they were all beaming from ear to ear. All excited to experience dolphins and scenery. The crew were extremely knowledgeable about the marine life and history of the local islands, area and culture. Very caring and thoughtful. Always checking if we were comfortable or needed beverages throughout the day. Dolphin Blue made us all feel like royalty. We only got to see two dolphins that day but that didnt matter as we were very priviledged to see pilot whales, which my family were most impressed with. We anchored at one of the local islands, Motiti, for lunch. The children all went swimming and kayaking and my dad went diving which we thoroughly enjoyed. Spacious and luxurious boat, caring and informative crew, beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife. I have already started spreading the word about our experience. And would highly recommend sailing with Dolphin Blue if you are looking for an awesome experience with royalty perks. Thank you so much for our lifetime experience. We will never forget this moment.

1  Thank Tutapu T
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Left feeling disappointed. Really looking forwarded to this trip, but it didn't live upto the brocture. No lunch and only 3 drinks offered during a 7 hour trip.
Located dolphins on the journey out that were mating next to the boat, informed they were juniors and we weren't allowed to swim with them. I can fully appreciate the need to stay out of the water if young dolphins and respect the advise of the boat crew, but were left feeling that there was no real intention to get us in the water. No safety advise on swimming with the dolphins or wetsuits spoke about or visable during the trip and the returned to base journey was next to the shore line left little chance of futher encounters.
Overall poor trip, no lunch, limited drinks and virtually no information given about these beautiful creatures during what turned out to be an expensive ($140) boat trip.

4  Thank JoNottingham
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