Swim with Dolphins Tauranga
On a Dolphin Blue tour we not only observe but also give you the chance to swim with a pod of dolphins. Keep in mind however that if a pod has baby dolphins with it, our concession (as with all the other operators) does not allow anyone to swim with them.
Those who choose to get into the water are supplied with wetsuits and snorkelling equipment and are fully supported by our experienced crew.
Day-trip numbers are limited to 15 so that your interaction with dolphins and other marine life is greatly enhanced. This ensures your experience is peaceful and unhurried.
Another option available is private charter - for those wanting Commander I exclusively for swimming with dolphins, special occasions, a business get-together, or hosting important guests. Call us about private charter hire rates.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT OUR TOURS:
- We do travel outside Tauranga harbour to find dolphin. This means we will be in the open sea, where conditions are not as calm as would be if cruising in Tauranga harbour. Keep this in mind when preparing for your trip. You may consider taking seasick pills before your tour commences - they are most effective when taken prior to the start of a tour however keep in mind some brands do make you drowsy. Check with the pharmacist.
- Safety is paramount onboard Commander I and we offer lifejackets to all passengers.
- Dolphin are not predictable, they are not in the same place every day at the same time! Patience is required in locating them and this may take a good part of the day. If we do not sight them we offer all our customers the opportunity to come back for another trip at a reduced rate.
- If we do not sight any dolphin or whale on a tour you will be entitled to a free return trip in the same season.
Customer feedback - February 2011
"Going onto this dolphin cruise we didn't know what to expect. As we were leaving the harbour we were informed that we might not see anything although this was rare. We were sitting out on the front of the boat just cruising out into the ocean and enjoying the beautiful scenery then came the sound of the horn to inform us that something had been spotted by Paul. What we saw was amazing as it was the first pod of the day and only an hour and a half out which we got told was relatively close compared to some of the other days. Throughout the day we saw 3 pods of dolphins. Our favourite was the nusery pod it was so cool! A highlight was when the dolphins would wave surf and be there for a while, also when they would lie on their side to look at us."
Masterton, New Zealand