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Swim with Dolphins, Tauranga, New Zealand


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0800 326 8747


+64 7 577 0105


+64 27 488 2246


Berth D1
Tauranga Bridge Marina
101 Te Awanui Drive
Mount Maunganui

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Qualmark endorsed activity

Qualmark rated Enviro Bronze accommodation

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Dolphin Seafaris, Bay of Plenty

Dolphin Seafaris Introduction

Our Bay of Plenty swimming with the dolphins experience is the only dolphin watch that is a New Zealand Qualmark and Enviro approved visitor activity in the Bay of Plenty.

Dolphin Seafaris has been operating for many years and is the leading professional eco-tour operator of safe swimming with wild dolphins in the Bay of Plenty area. For the very best totally natural encounter, our swim with the dolphins in Tauranga will remain with you forever.

Dolphins Guaranteed

Huge numbers of dolphins, whales, orcas and an abundance of marine life are just a short boat ride away, so come with us and cruise with speed, style and comfort, we are the professionals! We are also the number one boat tour in the area on TripAdvisor, and a recipient of the TripAdvisor award of excellence for four years in a row!

Bay of Plenty Swimming with Dolphins

Our awesome dolphin encounters depart daily from both Tauranga and Mount Maunganui aboard our total luxury high speed vessels.

Fully equipped with two decks and a huge front viewing area for all passengers to enjoy the wild dolphins surfing up on the bow, our boats are comfortable, stable and very family friendly.

Guardian is a well appointed spacious vessel with rear access, and a huge foredeck viewing area so that everyone can see the dolphins riding the catamaran's double bow wave as we cruise the crystal clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean in the Bay of Plenty. Guardian has full facilities, W.C. and washroom, tea, coffee and snacks.

Cruise in comfort on our large couches indoors as well as outdoor seating
on the lower level and upper large observation fly deck area. We have customized swim bars specifically made to ensure your swim with dolphins in Tauranga is just as special if you are not confident in the water.

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About our Bay of Plenty Swimming with Dolphins Business

Dolphin Seafaris has been operating for many years and is the leading professional quality eco-tour operator and provider of watching and swimming with dolphins in the Bay of Plenty area. We do not have any age restrictions for children and families to join our tours.

All our guides are genuine local marine naturalists with university degrees, are fully qualified Dive Masters, and share a deep love of all marine mammals, especially dolphins that frequent the ocean in the Bay area.

Both our current skippers Brandon and Andre are former tutors of marine studies at the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic in Tauranga, and are dive-master instructors.

We are the only dolphin eco tour operator with our own dedicated booking centre in both locations at Tauranga and Mt Maunganui for your convenience.

Our qualified professional staff are also marine biologists and naturalists, so that when it comes to giving a wealth of knowledge, experience and information to our customers, you just cannot get better service anywhere! We accept Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard and cash.

Dolphin Seafaris and our vessels Guardian and Catch-up III are fully licensed to operate with a special marine mammal permit issued by the New Zealand Department of Conservation.

We work very closely with them to ensure that the interests and welfare of the Bay of Plenty dolphins is paramount and we operate to the full set of guidelines set down by them for interaction by humans with wild dolphins.

Trips are weather dependent at all times. During our peak season from December – February we will have a 7:30am trip and a 10am trip departing to accommodate beginner and advanced snorkelers.

There will also be an additional Harbour Cruise trip which will depart on days that cruise ships are in Tauranga. Our vessels are also available for private charter for TV, wildlife filming, Christmas functions and weddings. Contact us for further details.


We look forward to sharing our special Dolphin Seafaris experience with you real soon!

We are an eco-tourism operator, which means respecting these wild animals and their space, and our clients must understand that swimming with the dolphins is a wonderful privilege.

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