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Dolphin Encounter and Wildlife Tours - Dolphin Seafaris

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


  • 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


  • Allow approximately 5 hours for the whole experience


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


  • 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.


  • 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 September 27 to October 03

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Mon 27 Sep
Tue 28 Sep
Wed 29 Sep
Thu 30 Sep
Fri 1 Oct
Sat 2 Oct
Sun 3 Oct

  • 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


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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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spring from China wrote on 02 May 2021

Best dolphins watching tour. Highly recommended

100 out of 5 stars.We absolutely enjoyed our dolphin watching tour. The crews are so friendly and informative. The dive master lady kept looking for dolphins for 4hours and finally she pointed us a large pod of dolphins so closely. We took lots of videos of lovely dolphins.I reckon the number should be more than fifty. Lots of fun. Highly recommend.

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From Dolphin Encounter and Wildlife Tours - Dolphin Seafaris

Kia ora Jasmine, Thank you so much for taking the time to write us such a wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you on our Wild Dolphin Encounter. Each trip is so different and I find that passengers like you make it extra special. Ngā mihi nui, The Dolphin Seafaris Team


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