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#17 of 33 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Paihia Features Animals
Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 9-402 8234
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Just phenomenal

Nice boat. Amazing trip. Stunning views. Lots of Dolphins. A free ticket for another trip if you... read more

Reviewed 15 May 2016
Istanbul, Turkey
Great trip even if you don't get to swim with dolphins

We didn't get to swim with dolphins but we knew up front that was quite possible. We still saw... read more

Reviewed 26 April 2016
Galway, Ireland
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Encounter these intelligent and playful mammals up close in their natural environment. You may even get the chance to swim with the dolphins in the warmest waters in New Zealand…
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good22%
  • Average10%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible7%
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Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
+64 9-402 8234

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Reviewed 15 May 2016

Nice boat. Amazing trip. Stunning views. Lots of Dolphins. A free ticket for another trip if you don't see them. Staff are brilliant. Great commentary and good local knowledge. A perfect and exhilarating day. Nice food too.

Thank iangthomas25
Reviewed 26 April 2016

We didn't get to swim with dolphins but we knew up front that was quite possible. We still saw plenty of dolphins up close, and the staff were very knowledgeable about the individuals in the pod, and great for sharing their knowledge. A really enjoyable...More

Thank KCrowley1
Reviewed 23 April 2016

This was a great half-day trip. The staff on the boat were very knowledgeable and could identify the pod we came across by name. They positioned the boat so we had a great view of the Dolphins but at the same time we felt that...More

Thank Mike R
Reviewed 18 April 2016

We headed out on a cloudy, drizzling afternoon. We were told by the staff straight away the conditions that would prevent us from swimming with the Dolphins. This too was clearly explained on the web site. Very early in the cruise we came across a...More

Thank Kerry K
Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

Did get a voucher for life to go back again, also had such a lovely day out on the water. We were able to go snorkelling which was fun and nice to get in the water. The Dolphins were feeding so unable to go in...More

Thank Charlie S
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

To swim with dolphins is an obvious bucket list item, so off with the boat we went. The booking staff was really friendly and clear about there only being a 40% chance of swimming with a pod (I believe this to be highly overestimated but,...More

1  Thank Daniell A
Reviewed 31 March 2016

From the beginning, the crew (which was great and really helpfull) told us that we might not be able to swim with the dolphins due to strong wind but that they will do their best to find dolphins between the islands. We were offer to...More

Thank Romuald H
Reviewed 28 March 2016

The boat was ok and the two crew were friendly enough. We did get to see a large pod of dolphins, which was lovely. However, similar to almost all the other comments below, there were young in the pod so we didn't get to swim....More

Thank fairstays14
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Got to see a pod of dolphins (bottle nose) playing near the rocks then interacting with us. Had some juveniles so no swimming for those that wanted to. Don't want to be cynical but not sure how many times people actually do get to swim....More

Thank Shane M
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Booking Explore - Dolphin Encounter: don't expect to swim with the dolphins ! On the boat a couple of bad 'performers' (the crew) leave you in the assumption that you may swim with the dolphins, but it is a deceit. Before departure allready is decided...More

2  Thank Sylvia H
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What is the water temperature in Bay of Islands in the beginning of January? Warm enough to swim without a wetsuit?
30 October 2015|
Response from nzl4041 | Property representative |
The water temperature in January (the middle of our summer) is usually ok but the swim can take place in open water which can feel colder.
If I get to swim with the dolphins is there any danger of jellyfish or sharks? What is the approximate water temperture in the begining of June in Bay of Islands?
28 October 2015|
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Response from nzl4041 | Property representative |
We don't have problems with jellyfish or sharks in the Bay of Islands, but our trained crew monitor your safety at all times. The water can be cooler in June as we move into winter but we do offer wetsuits. Regards the... More