Swimming with dolphins in the Bay of Plenty

Swimming with dolphins in the Bay of Plenty
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: English
  • Fitness level: Everybody welcome
  • Minimum age: minimum 5 y/o
  • Duration: 5 hrs
  • Cancellation policy: 
    strict 1) Cancellation 30 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 30 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 10 days or later, prior to the agreed activity starting date, are considered last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made
  • Meeting point:
    Berth D1, Tauranga Bridge Marina, Tauranga
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Swim with dolphins on this incredible wildlife excursion from Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty.

A marine hotspot renowned for its ocean giants and playful pods; swim with wild dolphins on this unforgettable wildlife excursion in the Bay of Plenty. Not only does this boat trip offer the chance to observe and interact with dolphins, but it also gives you the opportunity to experience other marine life in its natural habitat – including the dolphins bigger brother, the Orca!

This activity takes place from Tauranga harbour in the Bay of Plenty. Close to the major tourist attractions of Rotorua, Hobbiton, and Lake Taupo, The Bay of Plenty boasts huge numbers of dolphins, whales and orcas. An abundance of marine life is a short boat ride away.

Meet the team at the activity base at Tauranga harbour for this wildlife excursion in the Bay of Plenty. Travelling out into one of the most abundant marine reserves in the world, this unforgettable wild swimming experience offers groups of friends and families a chance to witness pods of common dolphins in their natural habitat. Start with a short safety briefing whilst you kit up with a wetsuit and BA – learning more about the area’s unique biodiversity from your onboard marine biologist. Once your skipper gives the green light, groups of 8 are invited to jump into the water at the back of the boat, holding on to a customised tow as you glide along the surface – observing the pods as they play below the bow. Taking it in turns to explore, your team will travel across the bay on the lookout for other marine species too, allowing you to witness humpback whales, orcas, penguins, fur seals and turtles! After 5 hours at sea, you will head back to the harbour where your adventure will end.

Operating during the summer season from November-May, this tour has a success rate of over 95% of finding dolphins & other marine life. Please note this is a non-contact experience with strict guidelines as per the NZ Department of Conservation.

Activity requirements

Kids from 0 to 5 years of age come on the boat for free but they are not allowed to swim

Children 7 years and under to be supervised at all times

  • Wetsuit/BA
  • Snorkel & Mask
  • Guide/Instructor
  • Snacks & Light Refreshments
Do not forget to bring
  • Swimwear/Towel
  • GoPro/Camera
Meeting point
Berth D1, Tauranga Bridge Marina, Tauranga Get directions



Average rating
5 / 5
Very good
Rien à l horizon 😒
  • 5 / 5

Une première fois annulée et repportee au lendemain puis Rien à dire sur l activité car nous n avons pas nagé avec les dauphins, il n y en avait pas.... on nous a proposer de revenir un autre jour mais notre circuit ne nous le permettait pas. Ce n est pas la faute des organisateur qui ont cherché pendant 7heures les dauphins mais grosse déception .

Lovely day!
  • 5 / 5

We enjoyed seeing the dolphins, there were hundreds of them!

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