Dolphin Encounters

What an amazing experience! Tauranga and the Bay of Plenty offers dolphin encounters, and other beachside adventures, for you and your family.

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Dolphin Blue
J Pier Suplhur Point Marina
Keith Allen Drive

Dolphin Blue offers you the opportunity to swim with dolphins in the beautiful Bay of Plenty on their Day Tour. To ensure the best experience, passenger numbers are limited to 15. For other tour options, the vessel is available for hire for corporate groups, special occasions or hosting important guests.

Departing from Tauranga, our aim for your tour is to locate, then have you interact and swim with dolphins. We also offer snorkelling, swimming or simply relaxing onboard Commander I, a classic 54 foot launch built in 1967 of native New Zealand timbers.

You will be served a traditional Kiwi lunch and provided with refreshments throughout the day. If you choose to get into the water to swim with dolphins you will be supplied with wetsuits, snorkelling equipment and will have the full support of our experienced crew.

Dolphin Seafaris
Berth D5
Tauranga Bridge Marina
Phone - (07) 577 0105

Dolphin Seafaris are committed to giving you the very best natural wildlife experience here in New Zealand.

Take a half-day trip on the skippered ‘Guardian’ – a 50ft modern vessel with full luxury facilities onboard and all swimming gear is supplied for your dolphin experience.

Our tours are guided by expert marine naturalists/biologists who will provide you with an educational and entertaining commentary during your trip. As well as seeing and swimming with dolphins, we sometimes see penguins, giant Sunfish, Orca, Humpback and Pilot whales, seals, turtles, and many other fish.

Dolphin Seafaris is the only Dolphin eco tour in the Bay endorsed by New Zealand Tourism, ‘Qualmark’ and recommended by Tourism Bay of Plenty.

Trips depart daily and bookings are essential.

Butler’s Swim with Dolphins
Phone 0508 288 537

Butler’s swim with dolphins will take you out on an awesome full-day adventure that you’ll never forget!

Spend a day on the ‘Gemini Galaxsea’ – a 60ft yacht and Butler’s companion for over 20 years. Soak up the sun onboard while Butler finds the dolphins – he’s so sure he will find them that he guarantees that if you don’t see any – he’ll take you out again for free!

Butler’s unique swim bar ensures the dolphins won’t get scared of swimmers and is also great for those less confident in the water.

The Butler’s journey is so special because it is about promoting the meeting of people and dolphins. On each journey we hope to provide our passengers with the opportunity to passively and intelligently interact with dolphins.

We sail every day at 8:45am at the Tauranga Bridge marina or at 9:15am from the Salisbury Wharf at Pilot Bay.

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