Dolphin Encounter and Wildlife Tours - Dolphin Seafaris

Experience the magic of a wild dolphin encounter on this 5-hour tour!

Highlights

  • Experience the magic of watching dolphins in their natural habitat
  • Get up close views of other marine life such as whales, seals and penguins
  • Spacious and comfortable catamaran
  • Swim with the dolphins - conditions permitting
  • 95% dolphin sighting success rate!

This is the trip of a lifetime for nature and animal lovers! Get up close to magnificent dolphins, whales and seals on board our state of the art catamaran.

Enjoy watching huge pods of common dolphins as they play and swim in their natural environment from the spacious deck. Our experienced wildlife guides have a wealth of knowledge and will ensure a fun and informative tour.

Our trips are highly successful with dolphins being spotted 95% of the time and we offer a "Dolphin Guarantee" which allows you a return trip for free on another day if there were no sightings.

The Bay of Plenty is home to a spectacular array of marine life and we often see orca whales, fur seals, blue penguins and albatross during the winter months..

You may get the opportunity to swim with the dolphins but this cannot be guaranteed due to regulations by the Department of Conservation. We swim with them about 85% of the time when it is legal and ethical to do so. We always respect the dolphins space but as they are naturally curious they do like to come and say hello. Wetsuits and snorkelling equipment will be provided.

Book today to secure your spot on this not to be missed tour!

Adult $119.00 (Aged 15+)
Child $99.00 (Aged up to 14 years)

What's included

  • 5-hour dolphin watching cruise
  • Swimming with dolphins - conditions permitting
  • Hot drinks

Duration

  • Allow approximately 5 hours for the whole experience

Location

  • Tauranga Bridge Marina, Berth D1, 101 Te Awanui Drive,
  • Tauranga, Bay of Plenty.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age for swimming with dolphins is 7 years old and subject to sea conditions.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • All our tours are weather dependent and a minimum number of 10 passengers is required.

    Our Winter Tours (May to November) meet at 9am for 9.15 departure.

    For our Summer Tours (November to May) please arrive at 8.30am for your Dolphin Encounter which will depart at 9am promptly.

  • Dolphin Guarantee - Our guarantee is that if we do not find any dolphins for you, will give you a return voucher for another trip out with us. This voucher has no expiration date, but can only be used by you and you will need to call to pre-book your tour.

Available Bookings from June 29 to July 05

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  • Adult$71.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$71.00
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$71.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$71.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$71.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$71.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

  • Adult$71.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$99.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Mabel Dellepiane from Chile wrote on 17 May 2021

wonderful experience

exelente tur 6 hours of a wonderful experience with a pleasant atmosphere, very explanatory, the people in charge of the tur are wonderful, it was my first experience so close to dolphins and I had never seen an orca was a time to recharge wonderful life energy thanks....

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Diego Comesana from New Zealand wrote on 04 April 2022

Awesome

Awesome experience, we where very lucky and find the pod of dolphins near the mount, an we were able to swim with them, great crew, great everything!!!! Thank you guys

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Kia ora Diego, Thank you so much for coming out on our Wild Dolphin Encounter and taking the time to write us such a great review. The certainly was an incredible encounter you had on Sunday. We love it when we have amazing people onboard to share our passion. Ngā mihi nui, The Dolphin Seafaris Team

lenkaa from New Zealand wrote on 18 March 2022

Fantastic Adventure

Thank you for the fantastic adventure! It was a Bday surprise for my 8yr old daughter and we both loved it.

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Kia ora, Thank you so much for coming out with us and surprising your daughter on her birthday. What a fantastic way to spend a special day. Thank you for taking the time to write us such a great review. Ngā mihi nui, The Dolphin Seafaris Team

Marie Heaphy from New Zealand wrote on 01 March 2022

Magic encounter

We were crewed by a beautiful team who really care about conservation and wildlife. We were educated about population numbers and facts about dolphin behaviour. Due to the presence of baby dolphins in the two pods we encountered, we didn't get in the water and swim which was fine for everyone. Just watching them play, 'talk' and flip out of the water was the highlight of the cruise.

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Kia ora Marie, Thank you so much for coming out with us on our Wild Dolphin Encounter. And thank you for appreciating how passionate we are about what we do. We just love sharing that passion with people like yourself. Thank you very much for taking the time to write us such a beautiful review. It means the world to us. Ngā mihi nui, The Dolphin Seafaris Team

hollys4 from New Zealand wrote on 14 January 2022

Amazing day

What an amazing day out. 5-6 hours out on the water with amazing views of the coast and islands. The dolphins loved the boat and followed us around giving everyone ample opportunity to be wowed by them. You could see their eyes looking up at the boat, it was very special. We saw other beautiful, special wildlife too. The crew were absolutely top notch- so passionate and full of information(and funny). More of a conservationist crew than just boaties. Best day out!!

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Kia ora Holly, Thank you so much for coming out with us to enjoy and discover the beauty of the Bay of Plenty. We love showing people like yourself what we are passionate about. Thank you for taking the time to write us such a wonderful review, it means the world. Ngā mihi nui, The Dolphin Seafaris Team

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