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Wild Dolphin Encounter

Wild Dolphin Encounter

Experience the trip of a lifetime on the on the Bay of Plenty's premier dolphin eco-tour. Dolphin Seafaris provide an organic experience that’s completely on the dolphin’s terms. You will see pods of common dolphins closer than you will see anywhere, playing & just doing what comes naturally as you meet them eye to eye in the clear Pacific Ocean. Our vessel Guardian is a 40ft power Catamaran which is safe, stable and has full facilities. The skipper and wildlife guides have a wealth of experienced and provide a fun and informative, family friendly tour. Children 7 years and under to be supervised at all times.


NZ$ 149.00

Per Person


  • Get close to the wildlife on our spacious viewing deck.

  • Encounter wild dolphins in the clearest water in New Zealand.

  • Listen to the fun and informative commentary from the skipper and crew

  • Relax on our very comfortable and family friendly vessel.


Full Description

Dolphin Seafaris ecotours depart daily during the summer season from November to May.

In the winter months we are running private charters on demand as well as photography, ornithology, harbour and island cruises.

Step aboard a purpose-built dolphin-viewing vessel and embark on a wild encounter with the ocean's most fascinating creatures. As the winner of a Trip Advisor Award of Excellence, Dolphin Seafaris provides an educational and organic experience that's completely on the dolphin's terms.

Included in the price is your wet-suit and snorkelling gear hire, as well as hot drinks. Free parking is available at Tauranga Bridge Marina from where we depart.

The sunshine capital of New Zealand, the Bay of Plenty is home to diverse and spectacular sea life from majestic dolphins and orca to the playful fur seals, little blue penguins and various marine birds. The passionate Dolphin Seafaris team love everything about the ocean, especially dolphins, and enjoy educating guests. With many years working with marine animals and a high success rate of locating dolphins, Dolphin Seafaris will give you the trip of a lifetime.

This winter we want to share the magical wildlife of the Bay of Plenty with you. We are running our private tours to see seals, penguins, albatross, whales and dolphins. Get a group of friends, your family or work colleagues together for a trip of a lifetime.

All our tours are weather dependent and a minimum number of 10 passengers is required.


Snorkel gear

Hot beverages

Fresh fruit

A library of wildlife books and id charts

Colouring-in and activity books for kids

Freshwater shower

Meeting Point

Dolphin Seafaris departs from Tauranga Bridge Marina, Harbour Bridge Causeway, Tauranga.

There is plenty of free and secure all day parking at the marina.

Our vessel Guardian is located at berth D1, right outside the main marina building and restaurant.

Additional Information

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 48 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.


NZ$ 149.00

Per Person

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