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Address: Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand (Formerly Dolphin Discoveries - Swim with Dolphins cruise)
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Encounter these intelligent and playful mammals up close in their natural...

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…

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Dolphine Discovery Cruise

We spend 4 hours cruising around the bay of islands. This was a swim with the dolphins tour. We did not actually swim with the dolphins but we found dolphins and spent a lot of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 January 2017
Leanne M
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

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India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chose the Explore Dolphin Discovery cruise because its a smaller boat and fewer people. Also got a discount for booking the Dune Rider tour with it. Had already read from the reviews that swimming with the dolphins was extremely unlikely but had put on my swimming costume under my clothes just in case. The tour started late because there was... More 

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nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review our cruise. We are glad you had a great time and those photos are awesome. I love the blue colours you got in the water! We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around NZ. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017

4 hour trip around the Bay of Islands, looking for dolphins, which we found & then watched from close up - beauty of this trip is there is no fixed route so they travel to wherever dolphins have been sighted.

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nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this review

Hi Pete, Thank you for taking the time to review your cruise, we are glad you got a nice look at the Bottlenose Dolphins, these dolphins are great to watch and can be extremely playful at times. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in the Bay of Islands, Again thank you for your review. Kind Regards, Explore... More 

Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

We spend 4 hours cruising around the bay of islands. This was a swim with the dolphins tour. We did not actually swim with the dolphins but we found dolphins and spent a lot of time with them which was awesome. They were common dolphins and you cant swim with them as they run away from us. We did however... More 

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nzl4041, Sales Executive - BAY OF ISLANDS at Explore, responded to this review

Hi Leanne, We are glad you got to see the common dolphins, funny enough they're not that common in the bay as they're a oceanic dolphins and are often out in the big blue! So well done seeing them. We are always looking for dolphins to swim with, as we state in our brochure and website 'you may get the... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

So we booked this trip on the pretense that we would be swimming with Dolphins, as this was there main selling point. The reality is it was never going to happen from the minute we stepped on the boat. 50 people were on the boat and there was also another boat looking for the dolphins. After about an hour or... More 

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nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you got to see the dolphins. Bottlenose dolphins are majestic and special to our area of New Zealand, we are governed heavily by government rules and regulations which are for the protecting of these amazing creatures. A juvenal dolphin is up to 2 years of age, so... More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

There are two "Swimming With Dolphins" trips organised in Paihia - Dolphin Discovery with Explore and Dolphin Eco Experience with Fullers Great Sights. We booked a trip with Explore, they organise two trips a day on a catamaran for 40-50 people, the first one starts at 8am and the other one at 12:30pm; the trip takes four hours. The crew... More 

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Cambridge, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

The weather was great which always makes a boat trip better. Great crew who managed the day well and very informative. Went through the hole in the rock which was great. Even spotted dolphins. Did the morning tour so there was a lunch stop on an island as well. Complementary ferry from Russell on the way back. Very happy.

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Paynesville, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

What a great day.....the cruise took us around the Bay of Islands, the weather was average but the colour of the water when we got to the Hole In Rock was brilliant Blue, too rough to enter the Hole but got up close, on our return a pod of playful Dolphins joined us and performed close to the boat riding... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

When we boarded the skipper told everyone the weather wasn't looking too great out at sea and that it would be a bit bumpy and we could choose to disembark if we wanted to. We chose to stay on board (as did all the passengers) never imagining the journey would be as unpleasant as it was. We took our lead... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 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 trip. We stopped off in Russell on the way back for lunch, well worth it.

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