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

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    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.

    Guarantee

    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.

    Facilities

    Relaxing sunbathing areas on board.

    Toilet facilities on board.

    Tauranga Bridge Marina has free parking,  a café, and toilet facilities.

     Supply

    Fun and fabulous good times

    Free coffee and tea, and a BBQ lunch.

    Wetsuits and all snorkeling gear.

    Photography

    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Tauranga Bridge Marina
    Departure Time
    7:30am
    Duration
    8h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Viewing and swimming with dolphins
    • Lunch
    • Tea and coffee
    • Wetsuits and snorkel gear
    • Professional guide
    • GST (Goods and Services Tax)
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    Exclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks, other then specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum age is 5 years
    • Please wear comfortable casual clothes. It is recommended to wear a swimsuit under your clothes. It is recommended to bring a warm jacket. No high heeled shoes
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 27 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Had the best day ever swimming with dolphins and seals! Great guides, great weather, happy dolphins and curious seals. We were very lucky, even though the weather was rather cold and it was raining throughout the day. The lunch we got was more than enough, I didn't even touch
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    Our family loved this Tour! The crews passion for there work, humor and enthusiasm made the day. On top of seeing 3 pods of dolphins, we snorkeled in a bay before a great sausage sizzle lunch! Would highly recommend!
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    Magical day! We went out on Feb 19th. Professional,friendly and caring crew. Boat is great with amazing views all around. You feel so close to the water, a real experience. We saw two pods of dolphins, a large one with 100+ dolphins with babies, and a second pod with who we were
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    We had an unforgettable day with orca wild adventures. The girls from the staff were super friendly and experienced and Mark the skipper was fantastic. We saw 7 orcas up close, really special. Besides that we saw hammer head sharks and dolphins and went snorkelling with seals.
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    Absolutely the best day of my trip! Saw hundreds of dolphins , 5-6 sharks, swam with a seal, etc. So much incredible things you get to do and it’s totally worth the money!! The bbq was great and snorkeling around the island was the best part! We even got to try some fresh sea
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    By: Orca Wild Adventures
    162 reviews
    stormandrea
    Matamata, New Zealand
    243
    Best day ever
    Had the best day ever swimming with dolphins and seals! Great guides, great weather, happy dolphins and curious
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    BenjMorris
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    34
    Fantastic tour, Great Crew.
    Our family loved this Tour! The crews passion for there work, humor and enthusiasm made the day. On top of seeing
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    Clubbix
    59
    Absolute must do!
    Magical day! We went out on Feb 19th. Professional,friendly and caring crew. Boat is great with amazing views all
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    ldv88
    Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    3912
    Unforgettable day
    We had an unforgettable day with orca wild adventures. The girls from the staff were super friendly and
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    Crrernnvh
    10
    Orca wild adventures best day ever!
    Absolutely the best day of my trip! Saw hundreds of dolphins , 5-6 sharks, swam with a seal, etc. So much
    Read more
    Maarten345
    60
    Lost of dolfins!!
    We did the trip on thursday 31 january, beautiful weather. Crew was fantastic and took the time to explain
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    DianneB89
    50
    A highlight!
    An absolutely perfect day out. We were so lucky with the weather after our original trip cancelled the day before
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    Lea A
    91
    Fabulous day out!
    These guys go above and beyond to ensure you have an enjoyable day out on the water. Couldn't ask for more. Thanks
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    145gillianm
    Traralgon, Australia
    20
    Fantastic day
    We had a fantastic day out on Orca. We got to swim with a pod of common dolphins. Then we saw some false killer
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    MomoScr
    20
    Just an Amazing Perfect Day !!!
    After having unfortunately canceled the excursion of January 6th because of the wind too strong, I was able to
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    SausagePower
    Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    52
    Highly recommended day trip!
    Knowledgeable captain, friendly crew, had a fab day with the bonus of seeing false orca whales with the bottlenose
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    FlorenceL1796
    Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
    102
    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
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    Emma C
    71
    Awesome day out!!
    Just come back from an amazing trip with these guys. Mark, Claire and Rome were fantastic! They could not have
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    Chris G
    Launceston
    228
    Great views of dolphins
    This was a great trip that we all thoroughly enjoyed. Professionally run with a friendly crew the views that we
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    Stephan X
    Breda, The Netherlands
    53
    Good trip but a heads up
    First of all, let’s start with positives. Nice friendly crew, lots of dolphins and snorkeling with seals.
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