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Swim with dolphins in the Bay of Plenty

  • Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand

  • Bucket List Experience

Last updated: 21 March, 2024

This beautiful wildlife-filled bay is home to common dolphins, orcas, humpback whales, penguins and fur seals.

Sensitively-run snorkel tours depart daily from November to April on purpose-built dolphin viewing vessels equipped swim bars to hold on in the water; dolphins swim alongside you as you’re pulled along.


Price from: £80
Minimum age: 7
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around
Duration: 5 hours

Getting there & doing it

All equipment is provided, though you need to be able to swim sufficiently to snorkel alongside the boat. If you don’t want to get in the water,m you can watch from the boat. Only children over 7 will usually be allowed to snorkel with the dolphins, though younger children can come on the boat if supervised by an adult at all times.

When to do it

Tours depart daily from Tauranga in the summer months (November to May).

Who to go with: organised tours


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