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Swim with Dolphins in the Bay of Plenty with a Full-Day Tour

  • Spend the day exploring the Bay of Plenty and its islands
  • Use of snorkel equipment and wet suit included
  • Chance to swim with a pod of dolphins in the wild
Swim with Dolphins in the Bay of Plenty with a Full-Day Tour
From US$ 104.30
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Swim with Dolphins in the Bay of Plenty with a Full-Day Tour
From US$ 104.30
Spend the day exploring the Bay of Plenty's islands, including a chance to snorkel and a dolphin swim. After seeking out a pod of dolphins and jumping in to swim among them, stop at one of the bay's islands for a barbecue lunch and guided snorkeling expedition. Use of snorkeling equipment included.
What to Expect
A friendly crew welcomes you on board at 7:30 am, and offer you a steaming cup of coffee or tea. The tour departs from the marina shortly afterward and the skipper gives a commentary about the area, its history and Maori legends.
Department of Conservation Scientists estimates that there are approximately 50,000 common dolphins in the bay over summer.
The travel to Tuhua or Motiti Islands depending on the weather conditions, and on the way, you can encounter pods of dolphins. After some time observing and taking photos of the dolphins you will see the crystal clear water with these animals. Utilising appropriately custom-made swim bars and swim mat will offer the best possible experience, catering for all levels of competence. Department of Conservation rules limit all operators to 60 minutes total swim time, due to a smaller customer number you can have maximum swimming time.
After swimming with the dolphins you are going to the Island for lunch. Here you can have the opportunity to guided snorkel, usually with seals in a pristine bay. Whilst you enjoy your snorkeling the skipper will barbecue you sausages for lunch. After about an hour at the Island, you are going head back towards the harbor and keep your eyes open for more encounters with marine life and get back at the marina at approximately 4.00 pm.
Have a 99% success rate in finding dolphins for you on your trip. But in the unusual event that no marine mammals are sighted on your trip, you can have a free trip to come out again (this guarantee does not apply to holders of discount vouchers).
The Crew
Mark, your skipper, has worked in the Bay of Plenty running dolphin swimming charters for over 15 years. He has more experience than any other dolphin watching skipper working out of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. He is at home on the ocean and has a vast knowledge of marine life.
The crew are extremely friendly and fun, their number one aim is to make your day relaxing and enjoyable. They are highly qualified and are passionate about what they do. The biggest kick is to see you guys having an awesome day.
Relaxing sunbathing areas on board.
Toilet facilities on board.
Tauranga Bridge Marina has free parking,  a café, and toilet facilities.
Fun and fabulous good times
Free coffee and tea, and a BBQ lunch.
Wetsuits and all snorkeling gear.
Throughout the day the crew will be taking outstanding photos and videos of your day. These will be available to you for free via the Facebook page.
Reviews (40)
1 - 5 of 40 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Fantastic day out

Thank you to Mark, Clare and Rome for a great day on Orca. We saw loads of dolphins including babies and also a bonus pod of pilot wales and a huge stingray whilst snorkelling. Unfortunately no swimming because of the babies but it was still...More

Thank FlorenceL1796
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile
Good trip but a heads up

First of all, let’s start with positives. Nice friendly crew, lots of dolphins and snorkeling with seals. ‘Swimming’ with the dolphins though... Once you get into the water you have to hold on to a bar while the boat keeps moving. This felt more like...More

2  Thank Stephan X
Mark T, Manager at Orca Wild Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Hi Stephen, wow you guys are really hard to please. I have been running dolphin trips with common dolphins for 10 years now, and have refined our swimming over that time. We do a free swim when the conditions are good for it, but even...More

Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile
Best way to spend a day

This was probably the best thing we did in New Zealand. The crew was phenomenal and the conditions were great. The dolphins were sighted pretty quickly and we were able to get in the water with them pretty quickly. After we had a good amount...More

Thank Michael G
Reviewed 26 February 2018
Well worth the money

Mark, Ellie and Simone are very welcoming and knowledgeable. First pod was mothers and babies. Second pod we could get towed and snorkling with them under and around was amazing. Headed on to Mayor island and a cheeky seal put on a few acrobatics for...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank DeniseH2603
Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

The best value for money trip we have had in New Zealand. We saw a big pod of dolphins after an hour and a half, an absolute joy being next to them, but as they had juveniles with them we couldn’t swim alongside them. Shortly...More

Thank daysjacob
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