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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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Hokianga Tour - Explore Group

A sensational day out, one of the best that I have ever done. Great tour guide in Koro, passionate... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Lou-QLD
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Brisbane, Australia
Saw lots of Dolphins

Booked to go and see the dolphins on the Fullers Dolphin Eco experience (smaller boat with 35... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Sprintergal
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Lancing, United Kingdom
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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
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+64 9-402 8234

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Reviewed 1 May 2017

A sensational day out, one of the best that I have ever done. Great tour guide in Koro, passionate about what he does, the story telling, the history. Beautiful lunch at the Copthorne. the highlight for me was the Waipoua Forest, a very humbling experience...More

Thank Lou-QLD
ExploreGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Booked to go and see the dolphins on the Fullers Dolphin Eco experience (smaller boat with 35 capacity). When we turned up there were only 6 of us and it was a bit 'lumpy'. We were told there and then hat the chances of swimming...More

Thank Sprintergal
ExploreGroup, Guest Relations Manager at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 10 March 2017

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...More

Thank wingsonwheels
nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2017

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.

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.More

Thank PeteCash63
nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2017

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...More

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...More

Thank Leanne M
nzl4041, Sales Executive - BAY OF ISLANDS at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2017

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...More

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...More

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nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

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...More

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...More

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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...More

1  Thank Mrtynz
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...More

Thank JennyEaston
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)...More

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13liisa
30 October 2015|
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Response from ExploreGroup | 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.
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13liisa
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Response from ExploreGroup | 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
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