Orca Wild Adventures, Tauranga

4.3
#6 of 6 in Water Activities in North Island
If you have always wanted to swim with dolphins, Orca Wild Adventures offers the chance to spend time on and in the water with the magnificent sea creatures. Take a boat tour in the Bay of Plenty with experienced guides and a boat perfect for dolphin viewing, equipped with 360-degree viewing and swimbars. During the day, you will stop at a scenic island where the boat staff prepares a barbecue lunch with drinks. The tour provides wetsuits and snorkeling gear. If you do not spot any dolphins on your trip, the operator offers another free trip to try again. Plan to see Orca Wild Adventures and other attractions that appeal to you using our Tauranga tour itinerary builder app .
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  • Great crew. The big problem for us was that we paid a lot of money and we didn't swim with the dolphins. We understand that this is because of weather conditions but they should have a percentage refunded because of that. It is not fair because you can do what they do for less money with other companies.
  • We had a great day - the staff were happy, friendly and helpful. It was good value for money. They asked us to change booked day from Monday to Sunday (the day before) which was actually better for us anyway. Out from 8 til 4 and they went all over to find dolphins 🐬. We also saw a marlin and some got a brief glimpse of a hammerhead shark. Thanks.
  • One of the best experiences i've had here in NZ!! Got to meet great people over complementary coffee and tea while cruising smoothly out to open waters. It took us a little while before we got to the pod of dolphins but boy was it worth the wait! We slowed down to find a MASSIVE pod of 150+ dolphins and proceeded to dip in the water beside the boat. It was a rush being pulled along the side from an arm while dolphins swam below and beside us. There were so many dolphins! Once everyone got a turn we left the pod to their galavanting and scooted over to a nearby island to have a BBQ lunch and got to snorkel around the coast. Simply paradise! I could go on but i will let you discover this magical ride for yourselves!!
  • Crew was great, good experience. A lot of information and a lot to be seen in the open waters. Bbq could be a bit better, for example some vegetarian food. But this was one of the best experiences in NZ!!
  • Amazing trip :)

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Ample accommodations are available for visitors of all persuasions in Tauranga. From cost-effective suburban motels and backpacker haunts to boutique hotels with great sea views, the town lives up to its reputation as a good place to bed down while exploring the Bay of Plenty area. As in many places, the general rule is that the closer you get to the waterfront, the more expensive and luxurious the lodgings.
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