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Dolphin Seafaris - Tauranga

New Zealand's premier dolphin experience!

Step aboard Dolphin Seafaris luxury 50 foot launch for a unique wildlife encounter with some of the world's most majestic marine animals in their natural habitat.

Enjoy the stunning views of Mount Maunganui as you glide over the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean with your expert crew of Marine Biologists and Dive masters who will provide educational and entertaining commentary.

The family friendly vessel is fully equipped with two large decks and a massive frontal viewing area for everyone to enjoy the wild dolphins surfing up on the bow!

Also onboard are a W.C. and washroom, a licensed bar, tea, coffee and snacks.

A complimentary light breakfast and refreshments are provided for you on your journey.

The onboard dive masters will give you a tutorial on how to use the snorkeling gear provided to allow you to make the most of your encounter with dolphins, whales, orca's and an abundance of marine life.

For those who feeling less confident about entering the water, the vessel has customised swim bars to help you feel at ease. And if you don't want to get in, no worries! You get to check out the underwater footage from our GoPro Camera's on the screens on board so you can still view the marine life from the comfort of the large couches in the cabin.

Operating for many years, Dolphin Seafaris are the leading eco-tour operator who have a 95% success rate in locating dolphins & other marine life.

So, hop aboard and cruise with speed, style and comfort with the professionals for this experience of a lifetime that will remain with you forever.


  • $150 Adults
  • $110 Children (Ages 5-12 years)
  • Infants free

Children under 5 years Free of charge, but must be supervised by a parent at all times.

Location: Tauranga (Just a 1hr drive from Rotorua)

Departures: 8:00 am daily from Berth D1, Tauranga Bridge Marina, Te Awanui Drive, Tauranga / 8:15 Salisbury Wharf, The Mount.

Duration: 4-5 hours

Please bring: Towel, sunglasses, sun cream, light jacket, hat, camera and wear togs under clothing if wanting to swim.

Please note: While our success rate finding Dolphins is very high (approximately 80-90%) Dolphins are wild animals and we experience them in a their wild and natural environment - as such Dolphin Seafaris cannot guarantee with 100% certainty sightings or the opportunity to swim with dolphins

Dolphin Seafaris operates a minimum 48 hour cancelation policy with all bookings. Trips are weather dependent and may be cancelled if skipper decides sea conditions offshore are not conducive to our operation. We also have a minimum of ten passengers required per trip. If a trip is cancelled due to weather or minimum numbers you will receive a full refund

Deal conditions: Please be aware that in the unlikely event dolphins or whales are not spotted discount bookings do not include the standby voucher offer of a second trip.

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V from Belgium wrote on 17 May 2016

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Nice, great team but not a real swim

I had a nice time on the boat, the weather was beautiful and we quickly spotted a large pod of Dolphins so it was really amazing. Also, the team was lovely. However, I was not aware that you don't really swim with them, you grab a part of the boat and it pulls you during 5-10 min in the water, then you have to try to spot some Dolphins between the bubbles and the other people body parts. I tried twice, filmed everything and only quickly saw like a tail or two. On my go pro movie, 10 min of absolutely nothing. Better experience from the boat :)

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Eddie van der Hulst from New Zealand wrote on 10 February 2016

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Dolphin safaris

This has been quite an experience and well worth it's value. The team on the boat exercised their skills perfectly to locate the dolphins after several sweeps over a vast area of ocean.We were in a "motherlode' of a dolphin group which to our delight,presented us with an amazing spectacle of playfulness around the vessel. Very recommendable to all ages. Thanks to Darren and his extremely friendly team on the boat.

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Cynthia from New Zealand wrote on 10 March 2015

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Amazing day out

I booked the tour for my friends and it was a cloudy day and a bit rocky to start. However, they were so excited posting pictures an hour or so later with so many dolphin and orca in the sea! And they couldn't stop talking about how amazing and lucky that day they were afterwards, none of them felt seasick and fully enjoyed the special opportunity to view so many of them, at least 100 dolphin and 50 orca, I know this doesn't happen everyday but I am really glad that my friends had such an awesome experience in Tauranga. The boat is really nice and there was plenty of fruit and snacks. So I am going myself with my family this weekend.

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yann BRIOT from France wrote on 16 December 2015

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nice, but ...

It was a nice journey but we only saw dolphins for 15min. We were disappointed because we didn't see anything while we were snorkeling... It aslo a question of luck obviously, but finally, we were still a bit disappointed. Really nice staff though!

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trevor jones from New Zealand wrote on 01 March 2015

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What a day! We sailed out on a flat blue sea and with the sun shining. After seeing a hammer head shark we found ourselves in a massive pod of dolphins. It was truly a magical experience Thank you so much Trev and coz

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