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On our first trip we had an amazing interaction with dolphins. We spent the first hour searching and searching for the dolphins, and then out of nowhere two dolphins popped up in front of us. We followed them for a little bit and then two more dolphins joined us. After about 15 minutes spent with these 4 dolphins we came across a pod of about 20 dolphins. The dolphins were swimming under and around the boat, eating little fish in the water, and breeching all around.

We were able to get everyone in the water to have a look and then got to spend a little more time viewing them from the bow. We would have to say it was a great start to the season here in the beautiful Bay of Plenty and we cannot wait to have more epic days like this!

Come and join us on Dolphin Seafari and check out firsthand what the Bay of Plenty has to offer!

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What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 

Fighting the weather but amazing trips in between!

Written by Dolphin Queen on December 7th, 2014.      0 comments

Windy weather but some amazing trips in between! Awesome wildlife encounters and spectacular swims!
 

Great news for Dolphin Conservation!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 12th, 2014.      0 comments

Dolphin Culture, what it is and how it is important for conservation...
 

The most incredible amazing start to the season. OMG!!!!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 4th, 2014.      1 comments

 

The first weekend to the 2014/2015 season definitely went off with a bang and with the most varied and exciting species list I think we have ever encountered in one weekend! 

Saturday started with a young fur seal at Karewa Island and only got better! As happens sometimes, we had to go out very deep for our encounter and with a tip-off from the skipper of the Te Kuia from Blue Ocean Charters we headed out further than we had ever gone before, and boy was it worth it! A pod of around 80 Bottlenose Dolphins, accompanied by four Pilot Whales! 

Bottlenose are the stereotypical “Flipper” Dolphins, those that are often seen forced to perform tricks at marine parks such as SeaWorld, so to see them in the wild in such a large pod was fantastic and well worth the long trip. They are an endangered species in New Zealand waters so we rarely see them, and they had at least one young dolphin with them which was great to see and so special.

What made this encounter extra-special was the presence of the Pilot Whales, including a baby that still had the umbilical markings on its body indicating that it was less than three days old. 

The Dolphins and the Pilot Whales were feeding, alongside several Australasian Gannets and the most Albatross we have ever seen in one day on Dolphin Seafaris, at one point we counted over 20!

After the fantastic trip on Saturday, it was going to be a struggle for Sunday to match up, but boy did it! We headed straight out to sea after leaving the harbour, to get into the deep water again that proved so lucrative the day before. We soon came across a young Sunfish (Mola mola) wobbling it’s way around hunting for Jellyfish, followed by FIVE more inline, the glassy water allowing everyone to get a first class view of their awkward swimming technique. We could feel that it was going to be another awesome day and not long into the trip, another tip-off from a local fisherman lead us to back track back towards Karewa for something VERY special!

A pod of Orca! Four individuals, including a young one about a month old, heading towards the Mount and the harbour entrance! These guys were obviously feeding, surfacing two or three times for air before staying down for up to six minutes at a time, meaning everyone on the boat was on Orca watch when they were under. The whole boat was buzzing; this was such a special encounter with them being less than five metres from the boat at some points! After a while, they were joined by a further five individuals! NINE Orca! Again it was awesome to see such a majestic and intelligent animal in the wild and on their terms.

Many of our guests this weekend were locals, having won trips through the Tourism Bay of Plenty, it was awesome for us to show you guys around your own backyard and let you experience some of the most special experiences possible! Thank you so much for coming out and we would love to have you again bring your friends or family next time and let them experience it too!

If you were on the trips this weekend, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or share your stories and experiences on TripAdvisor. If you weren’t – Why not! Give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an email on bookings@nzdolphin.com to book and we’d love to have you on board!

 

 

dolphin Season is here Game on!!! book now

Written by dolphin queen on October 24th, 2014.      0 comments

"It’s that time of year again! We at Dolphin Seafaris are
readying the boat and dusting off the snorkels and binoculars for the beginning
of the season and boy are we excited! 

            Late spring
is a great time to get out on the water! The short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus
delphis) are slowly coming
closer to shore as the water is warming up, and this early in the season the
pods that we find are often made up of several hundred dolphins! They love the
Bay of Plenty, the sharp volcanic sea-mounts that we have in our marine
neighbourhood are textbook feeding grounds for this species, who love the
schools of small baitfish that congregate in these areas. 

Larger dolphins such as the Bottlenose,
Pilot Whales and Orca may also be around, our best encounter with Orca last
year occurred during one of our first trips of the season! Seabirds are also in
abundance with Gannets and a massive variety of Petrels, Terns and Skuas hanging
around

            The water
is still cool enough for other marine mammals that are rarer in the summer
months, such as the New Zealand fur seal, numbers of which are increasing and
they've even started to breed nearby. Even more exciting is that the whales
that are our occasional visitors are much more likely in the cooler spring
water, so keep your eyes out for that tell-tail ‘blow’ and splash! Although a
very rare encounter, we can get many different species around here, including
the dwarf minke whale, humpback and a couple of years ago even spotted a blue
whale on one of our trips so keep your fingers crossed!


We’ll be keeping you posted with
regular blog posts about how the season is going, what we’re seeing and any
exciting news so keep checking back! You can also like us on Facebook for more
pictures and updates as the season progresses! Also, if you want to get out on the
boat
with us to enjoy the Bay of Plenty and see or swim with these beautiful marine
creatures in their own environment, give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an
email on bookings@nzdolphin.com we’d
love to have you on board!"  like us on Facebook.  
 

Dolphin Slaughter set for September

Written by Dolphin Seafaris on August 30th, 2014.      0 comments

The annual Taji Capture and slaughter of dolphins is set to start the beginning of September...
 

Written by on ? 2nd, 0.      0 comments

 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 

Fighting the weather but amazing trips in between!

Written by Dolphin Queen on December 7th, 2014.      0 comments

Windy weather but some amazing trips in between! Awesome wildlife encounters and spectacular swims!
 

Great news for Dolphin Conservation!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 12th, 2014.      0 comments

Dolphin Culture, what it is and how it is important for conservation...
 

The most incredible amazing start to the season. OMG!!!!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 4th, 2014.      1 comments

 

The first weekend to the 2014/2015 season definitely went off with a bang and with the most varied and exciting species list I think we have ever encountered in one weekend! 

Saturday started with a young fur seal at Karewa Island and only got better! As happens sometimes, we had to go out very deep for our encounter and with a tip-off from the skipper of the Te Kuia from Blue Ocean Charters we headed out further than we had ever gone before, and boy was it worth it! A pod of around 80 Bottlenose Dolphins, accompanied by four Pilot Whales! 

Bottlenose are the stereotypical “Flipper” Dolphins, those that are often seen forced to perform tricks at marine parks such as SeaWorld, so to see them in the wild in such a large pod was fantastic and well worth the long trip. They are an endangered species in New Zealand waters so we rarely see them, and they had at least one young dolphin with them which was great to see and so special.

What made this encounter extra-special was the presence of the Pilot Whales, including a baby that still had the umbilical markings on its body indicating that it was less than three days old. 

The Dolphins and the Pilot Whales were feeding, alongside several Australasian Gannets and the most Albatross we have ever seen in one day on Dolphin Seafaris, at one point we counted over 20!

After the fantastic trip on Saturday, it was going to be a struggle for Sunday to match up, but boy did it! We headed straight out to sea after leaving the harbour, to get into the deep water again that proved so lucrative the day before. We soon came across a young Sunfish (Mola mola) wobbling it’s way around hunting for Jellyfish, followed by FIVE more inline, the glassy water allowing everyone to get a first class view of their awkward swimming technique. We could feel that it was going to be another awesome day and not long into the trip, another tip-off from a local fisherman lead us to back track back towards Karewa for something VERY special!

A pod of Orca! Four individuals, including a young one about a month old, heading towards the Mount and the harbour entrance! These guys were obviously feeding, surfacing two or three times for air before staying down for up to six minutes at a time, meaning everyone on the boat was on Orca watch when they were under. The whole boat was buzzing; this was such a special encounter with them being less than five metres from the boat at some points! After a while, they were joined by a further five individuals! NINE Orca! Again it was awesome to see such a majestic and intelligent animal in the wild and on their terms.

Many of our guests this weekend were locals, having won trips through the Tourism Bay of Plenty, it was awesome for us to show you guys around your own backyard and let you experience some of the most special experiences possible! Thank you so much for coming out and we would love to have you again bring your friends or family next time and let them experience it too!

If you were on the trips this weekend, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or share your stories and experiences on TripAdvisor. If you weren’t – Why not! Give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an email on bookings@nzdolphin.com to book and we’d love to have you on board!

 

 

dolphin Season is here Game on!!! book now

Written by dolphin queen on October 24th, 2014.      0 comments

"It’s that time of year again! We at Dolphin Seafaris are
readying the boat and dusting off the snorkels and binoculars for the beginning
of the season and boy are we excited! 

            Late spring
is a great time to get out on the water! The short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus
delphis) are slowly coming
closer to shore as the water is warming up, and this early in the season the
pods that we find are often made up of several hundred dolphins! They love the
Bay of Plenty, the sharp volcanic sea-mounts that we have in our marine
neighbourhood are textbook feeding grounds for this species, who love the
schools of small baitfish that congregate in these areas. 

Larger dolphins such as the Bottlenose,
Pilot Whales and Orca may also be around, our best encounter with Orca last
year occurred during one of our first trips of the season! Seabirds are also in
abundance with Gannets and a massive variety of Petrels, Terns and Skuas hanging
around

            The water
is still cool enough for other marine mammals that are rarer in the summer
months, such as the New Zealand fur seal, numbers of which are increasing and
they've even started to breed nearby. Even more exciting is that the whales
that are our occasional visitors are much more likely in the cooler spring
water, so keep your eyes out for that tell-tail ‘blow’ and splash! Although a
very rare encounter, we can get many different species around here, including
the dwarf minke whale, humpback and a couple of years ago even spotted a blue
whale on one of our trips so keep your fingers crossed!


We’ll be keeping you posted with
regular blog posts about how the season is going, what we’re seeing and any
exciting news so keep checking back! You can also like us on Facebook for more
pictures and updates as the season progresses! Also, if you want to get out on the
boat
with us to enjoy the Bay of Plenty and see or swim with these beautiful marine
creatures in their own environment, give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an
email on bookings@nzdolphin.com we’d
love to have you on board!"  like us on Facebook.  
 

Dolphin Slaughter set for September

Written by Dolphin Seafaris on August 30th, 2014.      0 comments

The annual Taji Capture and slaughter of dolphins is set to start the beginning of September...
 

Written by on ? 2nd, 0.      0 comments

 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 

Fighting the weather but amazing trips in between!

Written by Dolphin Queen on December 7th, 2014.      0 comments

Windy weather but some amazing trips in between! Awesome wildlife encounters and spectacular swims!
 

Great news for Dolphin Conservation!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 12th, 2014.      0 comments

Dolphin Culture, what it is and how it is important for conservation...
 

The most incredible amazing start to the season. OMG!!!!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 4th, 2014.      1 comments

 

The first weekend to the 2014/2015 season definitely went off with a bang and with the most varied and exciting species list I think we have ever encountered in one weekend! 

Saturday started with a young fur seal at Karewa Island and only got better! As happens sometimes, we had to go out very deep for our encounter and with a tip-off from the skipper of the Te Kuia from Blue Ocean Charters we headed out further than we had ever gone before, and boy was it worth it! A pod of around 80 Bottlenose Dolphins, accompanied by four Pilot Whales! 

Bottlenose are the stereotypical “Flipper” Dolphins, those that are often seen forced to perform tricks at marine parks such as SeaWorld, so to see them in the wild in such a large pod was fantastic and well worth the long trip. They are an endangered species in New Zealand waters so we rarely see them, and they had at least one young dolphin with them which was great to see and so special.

What made this encounter extra-special was the presence of the Pilot Whales, including a baby that still had the umbilical markings on its body indicating that it was less than three days old. 

The Dolphins and the Pilot Whales were feeding, alongside several Australasian Gannets and the most Albatross we have ever seen in one day on Dolphin Seafaris, at one point we counted over 20!

After the fantastic trip on Saturday, it was going to be a struggle for Sunday to match up, but boy did it! We headed straight out to sea after leaving the harbour, to get into the deep water again that proved so lucrative the day before. We soon came across a young Sunfish (Mola mola) wobbling it’s way around hunting for Jellyfish, followed by FIVE more inline, the glassy water allowing everyone to get a first class view of their awkward swimming technique. We could feel that it was going to be another awesome day and not long into the trip, another tip-off from a local fisherman lead us to back track back towards Karewa for something VERY special!

A pod of Orca! Four individuals, including a young one about a month old, heading towards the Mount and the harbour entrance! These guys were obviously feeding, surfacing two or three times for air before staying down for up to six minutes at a time, meaning everyone on the boat was on Orca watch when they were under. The whole boat was buzzing; this was such a special encounter with them being less than five metres from the boat at some points! After a while, they were joined by a further five individuals! NINE Orca! Again it was awesome to see such a majestic and intelligent animal in the wild and on their terms.

Many of our guests this weekend were locals, having won trips through the Tourism Bay of Plenty, it was awesome for us to show you guys around your own backyard and let you experience some of the most special experiences possible! Thank you so much for coming out and we would love to have you again bring your friends or family next time and let them experience it too!

If you were on the trips this weekend, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or share your stories and experiences on TripAdvisor. If you weren’t – Why not! Give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an email on bookings@nzdolphin.com to book and we’d love to have you on board!

 

 

dolphin Season is here Game on!!! book now

Written by dolphin queen on October 24th, 2014.      0 comments

"It’s that time of year again! We at Dolphin Seafaris are
readying the boat and dusting off the snorkels and binoculars for the beginning
of the season and boy are we excited! 

            Late spring
is a great time to get out on the water! The short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus
delphis) are slowly coming
closer to shore as the water is warming up, and this early in the season the
pods that we find are often made up of several hundred dolphins! They love the
Bay of Plenty, the sharp volcanic sea-mounts that we have in our marine
neighbourhood are textbook feeding grounds for this species, who love the
schools of small baitfish that congregate in these areas. 

Larger dolphins such as the Bottlenose,
Pilot Whales and Orca may also be around, our best encounter with Orca last
year occurred during one of our first trips of the season! Seabirds are also in
abundance with Gannets and a massive variety of Petrels, Terns and Skuas hanging
around

            The water
is still cool enough for other marine mammals that are rarer in the summer
months, such as the New Zealand fur seal, numbers of which are increasing and
they've even started to breed nearby. Even more exciting is that the whales
that are our occasional visitors are much more likely in the cooler spring
water, so keep your eyes out for that tell-tail ‘blow’ and splash! Although a
very rare encounter, we can get many different species around here, including
the dwarf minke whale, humpback and a couple of years ago even spotted a blue
whale on one of our trips so keep your fingers crossed!


We’ll be keeping you posted with
regular blog posts about how the season is going, what we’re seeing and any
exciting news so keep checking back! You can also like us on Facebook for more
pictures and updates as the season progresses! Also, if you want to get out on the
boat
with us to enjoy the Bay of Plenty and see or swim with these beautiful marine
creatures in their own environment, give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an
email on bookings@nzdolphin.com we’d
love to have you on board!"  like us on Facebook.  
 

Dolphin Slaughter set for September

Written by Dolphin Seafaris on August 30th, 2014.      0 comments

The annual Taji Capture and slaughter of dolphins is set to start the beginning of September...
 

Written by on ? 2nd, 0.      0 comments

 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 

Fighting the weather but amazing trips in between!

Written by Dolphin Queen on December 7th, 2014.      0 comments

Windy weather but some amazing trips in between! Awesome wildlife encounters and spectacular swims!
 

Great news for Dolphin Conservation!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 12th, 2014.      0 comments

Dolphin Culture, what it is and how it is important for conservation...
 

The most incredible amazing start to the season. OMG!!!!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 4th, 2014.      1 comments

 

The first weekend to the 2014/2015 season definitely went off with a bang and with the most varied and exciting species list I think we have ever encountered in one weekend! 

Saturday started with a young fur seal at Karewa Island and only got better! As happens sometimes, we had to go out very deep for our encounter and with a tip-off from the skipper of the Te Kuia from Blue Ocean Charters we headed out further than we had ever gone before, and boy was it worth it! A pod of around 80 Bottlenose Dolphins, accompanied by four Pilot Whales! 

Bottlenose are the stereotypical “Flipper” Dolphins, those that are often seen forced to perform tricks at marine parks such as SeaWorld, so to see them in the wild in such a large pod was fantastic and well worth the long trip. They are an endangered species in New Zealand waters so we rarely see them, and they had at least one young dolphin with them which was great to see and so special.

What made this encounter extra-special was the presence of the Pilot Whales, including a baby that still had the umbilical markings on its body indicating that it was less than three days old. 

The Dolphins and the Pilot Whales were feeding, alongside several Australasian Gannets and the most Albatross we have ever seen in one day on Dolphin Seafaris, at one point we counted over 20!

After the fantastic trip on Saturday, it was going to be a struggle for Sunday to match up, but boy did it! We headed straight out to sea after leaving the harbour, to get into the deep water again that proved so lucrative the day before. We soon came across a young Sunfish (Mola mola) wobbling it’s way around hunting for Jellyfish, followed by FIVE more inline, the glassy water allowing everyone to get a first class view of their awkward swimming technique. We could feel that it was going to be another awesome day and not long into the trip, another tip-off from a local fisherman lead us to back track back towards Karewa for something VERY special!

A pod of Orca! Four individuals, including a young one about a month old, heading towards the Mount and the harbour entrance! These guys were obviously feeding, surfacing two or three times for air before staying down for up to six minutes at a time, meaning everyone on the boat was on Orca watch when they were under. The whole boat was buzzing; this was such a special encounter with them being less than five metres from the boat at some points! After a while, they were joined by a further five individuals! NINE Orca! Again it was awesome to see such a majestic and intelligent animal in the wild and on their terms.

Many of our guests this weekend were locals, having won trips through the Tourism Bay of Plenty, it was awesome for us to show you guys around your own backyard and let you experience some of the most special experiences possible! Thank you so much for coming out and we would love to have you again bring your friends or family next time and let them experience it too!

If you were on the trips this weekend, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or share your stories and experiences on TripAdvisor. If you weren’t – Why not! Give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an email on bookings@nzdolphin.com to book and we’d love to have you on board!

 

 

dolphin Season is here Game on!!! book now

Written by dolphin queen on October 24th, 2014.      0 comments

"It’s that time of year again! We at Dolphin Seafaris are
readying the boat and dusting off the snorkels and binoculars for the beginning
of the season and boy are we excited! 

            Late spring
is a great time to get out on the water! The short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus
delphis) are slowly coming
closer to shore as the water is warming up, and this early in the season the
pods that we find are often made up of several hundred dolphins! They love the
Bay of Plenty, the sharp volcanic sea-mounts that we have in our marine
neighbourhood are textbook feeding grounds for this species, who love the
schools of small baitfish that congregate in these areas. 

Larger dolphins such as the Bottlenose,
Pilot Whales and Orca may also be around, our best encounter with Orca last
year occurred during one of our first trips of the season! Seabirds are also in
abundance with Gannets and a massive variety of Petrels, Terns and Skuas hanging
around

            The water
is still cool enough for other marine mammals that are rarer in the summer
months, such as the New Zealand fur seal, numbers of which are increasing and
they've even started to breed nearby. Even more exciting is that the whales
that are our occasional visitors are much more likely in the cooler spring
water, so keep your eyes out for that tell-tail ‘blow’ and splash! Although a
very rare encounter, we can get many different species around here, including
the dwarf minke whale, humpback and a couple of years ago even spotted a blue
whale on one of our trips so keep your fingers crossed!


We’ll be keeping you posted with
regular blog posts about how the season is going, what we’re seeing and any
exciting news so keep checking back! You can also like us on Facebook for more
pictures and updates as the season progresses! Also, if you want to get out on the
boat
with us to enjoy the Bay of Plenty and see or swim with these beautiful marine
creatures in their own environment, give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an
email on bookings@nzdolphin.com we’d
love to have you on board!"  like us on Facebook.  
 

Dolphin Slaughter set for September

Written by Dolphin Seafaris on August 30th, 2014.      0 comments

The annual Taji Capture and slaughter of dolphins is set to start the beginning of September...
 

Written by on ? 2nd, 0.      0 comments

 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 

Fighting the weather but amazing trips in between!

Written by Dolphin Queen on December 7th, 2014.      0 comments

Windy weather but some amazing trips in between! Awesome wildlife encounters and spectacular swims!
 

Great news for Dolphin Conservation!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 12th, 2014.      0 comments

Dolphin Culture, what it is and how it is important for conservation...
 

The most incredible amazing start to the season. OMG!!!!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 4th, 2014.      1 comments

 

The first weekend to the 2014/2015 season definitely went off with a bang and with the most varied and exciting species list I think we have ever encountered in one weekend! 

Saturday started with a young fur seal at Karewa Island and only got better! As happens sometimes, we had to go out very deep for our encounter and with a tip-off from the skipper of the Te Kuia from Blue Ocean Charters we headed out further than we had ever gone before, and boy was it worth it! A pod of around 80 Bottlenose Dolphins, accompanied by four Pilot Whales! 

Bottlenose are the stereotypical “Flipper” Dolphins, those that are often seen forced to perform tricks at marine parks such as SeaWorld, so to see them in the wild in such a large pod was fantastic and well worth the long trip. They are an endangered species in New Zealand waters so we rarely see them, and they had at least one young dolphin with them which was great to see and so special.

What made this encounter extra-special was the presence of the Pilot Whales, including a baby that still had the umbilical markings on its body indicating that it was less than three days old. 

The Dolphins and the Pilot Whales were feeding, alongside several Australasian Gannets and the most Albatross we have ever seen in one day on Dolphin Seafaris, at one point we counted over 20!

After the fantastic trip on Saturday, it was going to be a struggle for Sunday to match up, but boy did it! We headed straight out to sea after leaving the harbour, to get into the deep water again that proved so lucrative the day before. We soon came across a young Sunfish (Mola mola) wobbling it’s way around hunting for Jellyfish, followed by FIVE more inline, the glassy water allowing everyone to get a first class view of their awkward swimming technique. We could feel that it was going to be another awesome day and not long into the trip, another tip-off from a local fisherman lead us to back track back towards Karewa for something VERY special!

A pod of Orca! Four individuals, including a young one about a month old, heading towards the Mount and the harbour entrance! These guys were obviously feeding, surfacing two or three times for air before staying down for up to six minutes at a time, meaning everyone on the boat was on Orca watch when they were under. The whole boat was buzzing; this was such a special encounter with them being less than five metres from the boat at some points! After a while, they were joined by a further five individuals! NINE Orca! Again it was awesome to see such a majestic and intelligent animal in the wild and on their terms.

Many of our guests this weekend were locals, having won trips through the Tourism Bay of Plenty, it was awesome for us to show you guys around your own backyard and let you experience some of the most special experiences possible! Thank you so much for coming out and we would love to have you again bring your friends or family next time and let them experience it too!

If you were on the trips this weekend, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or share your stories and experiences on TripAdvisor. If you weren’t – Why not! Give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an email on bookings@nzdolphin.com to book and we’d love to have you on board!

 

 

dolphin Season is here Game on!!! book now

Written by dolphin queen on October 24th, 2014.      0 comments

"It’s that time of year again! We at Dolphin Seafaris are
readying the boat and dusting off the snorkels and binoculars for the beginning
of the season and boy are we excited! 

            Late spring
is a great time to get out on the water! The short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus
delphis) are slowly coming
closer to shore as the water is warming up, and this early in the season the
pods that we find are often made up of several hundred dolphins! They love the
Bay of Plenty, the sharp volcanic sea-mounts that we have in our marine
neighbourhood are textbook feeding grounds for this species, who love the
schools of small baitfish that congregate in these areas. 

Larger dolphins such as the Bottlenose,
Pilot Whales and Orca may also be around, our best encounter with Orca last
year occurred during one of our first trips of the season! Seabirds are also in
abundance with Gannets and a massive variety of Petrels, Terns and Skuas hanging
around

            The water
is still cool enough for other marine mammals that are rarer in the summer
months, such as the New Zealand fur seal, numbers of which are increasing and
they've even started to breed nearby. Even more exciting is that the whales
that are our occasional visitors are much more likely in the cooler spring
water, so keep your eyes out for that tell-tail ‘blow’ and splash! Although a
very rare encounter, we can get many different species around here, including
the dwarf minke whale, humpback and a couple of years ago even spotted a blue
whale on one of our trips so keep your fingers crossed!


We’ll be keeping you posted with
regular blog posts about how the season is going, what we’re seeing and any
exciting news so keep checking back! You can also like us on Facebook for more
pictures and updates as the season progresses! Also, if you want to get out on the
boat
with us to enjoy the Bay of Plenty and see or swim with these beautiful marine
creatures in their own environment, give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an
email on bookings@nzdolphin.com we’d
love to have you on board!"  like us on Facebook.  
 

Dolphin Slaughter set for September

Written by Dolphin Seafaris on August 30th, 2014.      0 comments

The annual Taji Capture and slaughter of dolphins is set to start the beginning of September...
 

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What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 

Fighting the weather but amazing trips in between!

Written by Dolphin Queen on December 7th, 2014.      0 comments

Windy weather but some amazing trips in between! Awesome wildlife encounters and spectacular swims!
 

Great news for Dolphin Conservation!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 12th, 2014.      0 comments

Dolphin Culture, what it is and how it is important for conservation...
 

The most incredible amazing start to the season. OMG!!!!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 4th, 2014.      1 comments

 

The first weekend to the 2014/2015 season definitely went off with a bang and with the most varied and exciting species list I think we have ever encountered in one weekend! 

Saturday started with a young fur seal at Karewa Island and only got better! As happens sometimes, we had to go out very deep for our encounter and with a tip-off from the skipper of the Te Kuia from Blue Ocean Charters we headed out further than we had ever gone before, and boy was it worth it! A pod of around 80 Bottlenose Dolphins, accompanied by four Pilot Whales! 

Bottlenose are the stereotypical “Flipper” Dolphins, those that are often seen forced to perform tricks at marine parks such as SeaWorld, so to see them in the wild in such a large pod was fantastic and well worth the long trip. They are an endangered species in New Zealand waters so we rarely see them, and they had at least one young dolphin with them which was great to see and so special.

What made this encounter extra-special was the presence of the Pilot Whales, including a baby that still had the umbilical markings on its body indicating that it was less than three days old. 

The Dolphins and the Pilot Whales were feeding, alongside several Australasian Gannets and the most Albatross we have ever seen in one day on Dolphin Seafaris, at one point we counted over 20!

After the fantastic trip on Saturday, it was going to be a struggle for Sunday to match up, but boy did it! We headed straight out to sea after leaving the harbour, to get into the deep water again that proved so lucrative the day before. We soon came across a young Sunfish (Mola mola) wobbling it’s way around hunting for Jellyfish, followed by FIVE more inline, the glassy water allowing everyone to get a first class view of their awkward swimming technique. We could feel that it was going to be another awesome day and not long into the trip, another tip-off from a local fisherman lead us to back track back towards Karewa for something VERY special!

A pod of Orca! Four individuals, including a young one about a month old, heading towards the Mount and the harbour entrance! These guys were obviously feeding, surfacing two or three times for air before staying down for up to six minutes at a time, meaning everyone on the boat was on Orca watch when they were under. The whole boat was buzzing; this was such a special encounter with them being less than five metres from the boat at some points! After a while, they were joined by a further five individuals! NINE Orca! Again it was awesome to see such a majestic and intelligent animal in the wild and on their terms.

Many of our guests this weekend were locals, having won trips through the Tourism Bay of Plenty, it was awesome for us to show you guys around your own backyard and let you experience some of the most special experiences possible! Thank you so much for coming out and we would love to have you again bring your friends or family next time and let them experience it too!

If you were on the trips this weekend, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or share your stories and experiences on TripAdvisor. If you weren’t – Why not! Give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an email on bookings@nzdolphin.com to book and we’d love to have you on board!

 

 

dolphin Season is here Game on!!! book now

Written by dolphin queen on October 24th, 2014.      0 comments

"It’s that time of year again! We at Dolphin Seafaris are
readying the boat and dusting off the snorkels and binoculars for the beginning
of the season and boy are we excited! 

            Late spring
is a great time to get out on the water! The short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus
delphis) are slowly coming
closer to shore as the water is warming up, and this early in the season the
pods that we find are often made up of several hundred dolphins! They love the
Bay of Plenty, the sharp volcanic sea-mounts that we have in our marine
neighbourhood are textbook feeding grounds for this species, who love the
schools of small baitfish that congregate in these areas. 

Larger dolphins such as the Bottlenose,
Pilot Whales and Orca may also be around, our best encounter with Orca last
year occurred during one of our first trips of the season! Seabirds are also in
abundance with Gannets and a massive variety of Petrels, Terns and Skuas hanging
around

            The water
is still cool enough for other marine mammals that are rarer in the summer
months, such as the New Zealand fur seal, numbers of which are increasing and
they've even started to breed nearby. Even more exciting is that the whales
that are our occasional visitors are much more likely in the cooler spring
water, so keep your eyes out for that tell-tail ‘blow’ and splash! Although a
very rare encounter, we can get many different species around here, including
the dwarf minke whale, humpback and a couple of years ago even spotted a blue
whale on one of our trips so keep your fingers crossed!


We’ll be keeping you posted with
regular blog posts about how the season is going, what we’re seeing and any
exciting news so keep checking back! You can also like us on Facebook for more
pictures and updates as the season progresses! Also, if you want to get out on the
boat
with us to enjoy the Bay of Plenty and see or swim with these beautiful marine
creatures in their own environment, give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an
email on bookings@nzdolphin.com we’d
love to have you on board!"  like us on Facebook.  
 

Dolphin Slaughter set for September

Written by Dolphin Seafaris on August 30th, 2014.      0 comments

The annual Taji Capture and slaughter of dolphins is set to start the beginning of September...
 

Written by on ? 2nd, 0.      0 comments

 
Email me when new posts are made to this blog

What an amazing season! Dolphins, Pilot Whales, False killer Whales galore!

Written by Dolphin Queen on February 12th, 2015.      0 comments

An update on our sightings and happenings over the busy but incredible Christmas and New Year period.
 

Fighting the weather but amazing trips in between!

Written by Dolphin Queen on December 7th, 2014.      0 comments

Windy weather but some amazing trips in between! Awesome wildlife encounters and spectacular swims!
 

Great news for Dolphin Conservation!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 12th, 2014.      0 comments

Dolphin Culture, what it is and how it is important for conservation...
 

The most incredible amazing start to the season. OMG!!!!

Written by Dolphin Queen on November 4th, 2014.      1 comments

 

The first weekend to the 2014/2015 season definitely went off with a bang and with the most varied and exciting species list I think we have ever encountered in one weekend! 

Saturday started with a young fur seal at Karewa Island and only got better! As happens sometimes, we had to go out very deep for our encounter and with a tip-off from the skipper of the Te Kuia from Blue Ocean Charters we headed out further than we had ever gone before, and boy was it worth it! A pod of around 80 Bottlenose Dolphins, accompanied by four Pilot Whales! 

Bottlenose are the stereotypical “Flipper” Dolphins, those that are often seen forced to perform tricks at marine parks such as SeaWorld, so to see them in the wild in such a large pod was fantastic and well worth the long trip. They are an endangered species in New Zealand waters so we rarely see them, and they had at least one young dolphin with them which was great to see and so special.

What made this encounter extra-special was the presence of the Pilot Whales, including a baby that still had the umbilical markings on its body indicating that it was less than three days old. 

The Dolphins and the Pilot Whales were feeding, alongside several Australasian Gannets and the most Albatross we have ever seen in one day on Dolphin Seafaris, at one point we counted over 20!

After the fantastic trip on Saturday, it was going to be a struggle for Sunday to match up, but boy did it! We headed straight out to sea after leaving the harbour, to get into the deep water again that proved so lucrative the day before. We soon came across a young Sunfish (Mola mola) wobbling it’s way around hunting for Jellyfish, followed by FIVE more inline, the glassy water allowing everyone to get a first class view of their awkward swimming technique. We could feel that it was going to be another awesome day and not long into the trip, another tip-off from a local fisherman lead us to back track back towards Karewa for something VERY special!

A pod of Orca! Four individuals, including a young one about a month old, heading towards the Mount and the harbour entrance! These guys were obviously feeding, surfacing two or three times for air before staying down for up to six minutes at a time, meaning everyone on the boat was on Orca watch when they were under. The whole boat was buzzing; this was such a special encounter with them being less than five metres from the boat at some points! After a while, they were joined by a further five individuals! NINE Orca! Again it was awesome to see such a majestic and intelligent animal in the wild and on their terms.

Many of our guests this weekend were locals, having won trips through the Tourism Bay of Plenty, it was awesome for us to show you guys around your own backyard and let you experience some of the most special experiences possible! Thank you so much for coming out and we would love to have you again bring your friends or family next time and let them experience it too!

If you were on the trips this weekend, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or share your stories and experiences on TripAdvisor. If you weren’t – Why not! Give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an email on bookings@nzdolphin.com to book and we’d love to have you on board!

 

 

dolphin Season is here Game on!!! book now

Written by dolphin queen on October 24th, 2014.      0 comments

"It’s that time of year again! We at Dolphin Seafaris are
readying the boat and dusting off the snorkels and binoculars for the beginning
of the season and boy are we excited! 

            Late spring
is a great time to get out on the water! The short-beaked common dolphins (Delphinus
delphis) are slowly coming
closer to shore as the water is warming up, and this early in the season the
pods that we find are often made up of several hundred dolphins! They love the
Bay of Plenty, the sharp volcanic sea-mounts that we have in our marine
neighbourhood are textbook feeding grounds for this species, who love the
schools of small baitfish that congregate in these areas. 

Larger dolphins such as the Bottlenose,
Pilot Whales and Orca may also be around, our best encounter with Orca last
year occurred during one of our first trips of the season! Seabirds are also in
abundance with Gannets and a massive variety of Petrels, Terns and Skuas hanging
around

            The water
is still cool enough for other marine mammals that are rarer in the summer
months, such as the New Zealand fur seal, numbers of which are increasing and
they've even started to breed nearby. Even more exciting is that the whales
that are our occasional visitors are much more likely in the cooler spring
water, so keep your eyes out for that tell-tail ‘blow’ and splash! Although a
very rare encounter, we can get many different species around here, including
the dwarf minke whale, humpback and a couple of years ago even spotted a blue
whale on one of our trips so keep your fingers crossed!


We’ll be keeping you posted with
regular blog posts about how the season is going, what we’re seeing and any
exciting news so keep checking back! You can also like us on Facebook for more
pictures and updates as the season progresses! Also, if you want to get out on the
boat
with us to enjoy the Bay of Plenty and see or swim with these beautiful marine
creatures in their own environment, give us a call on +64 7 577 0105 or an
email on bookings@nzdolphin.com we’d
love to have you on board!"  like us on Facebook.  
 

Dolphin Slaughter set for September

Written by Dolphin Seafaris on August 30th, 2014.      0 comments

The annual Taji Capture and slaughter of dolphins is set to start the beginning of September...
 

Written by on ? 2nd, 0.      0 comments

 

About Dolphin Seafaris

We are a passionate team who love all marine life, especially dolphins, and enjoy educating our customers about dolphins and marine life. With many years of working with marine animals and a high success rate of locating dolphins, Dolphin Seafaris will give you the dolphin tour of a life time. 

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