- Wayne aHeading out from Whakatane to first swim with the seals, we were ambushed by the first pod of Dolphins around the boat. gave us a good viewing , but this pod was on a mission so wasn't suitable to swim with (according to Phil). At Whale Island we anchored off a Calm rocky bay and were soon greeted by the Kekeno seals and were entertained as we got to swim amongst them(#mindblowing) this was worth it even if we saw nothing else. Then off again after an hour to look for more dolphins to swim with, Phil and crew did a good job locating them in a big area to search and we then got to get in the water and be slowly towed behind the boat as this pod hang around us so we all got to have a good look at these animals in their natural enviroment I Have spent alot of time on the water, but this experience IS one of the most Mind blowing things that you could do! 100% recommend doing this trip with Diveworks team
C.L.P.This is an absolute must do if you are in the Bay of Plenty. Only $160 for adults, this is really good value for money. You swim very close to some very friendly seals, with a snorkel on. Then Phil takes you in search of dolphins which you hold onto a rope while they swim beneath you. I would give this 6 stars if I could. Probably the best activity I've done in NZ (and I've done a skydive, snowboarding etc). Steph is absolutely lovely, I was just a bit gutted she stays on land! On returning you are supplied with hot showers, a towel and even shampoo! Great family company. My only improvement would be you aren't allowed to wear jandals on the boat and I cut my toe a bit on one of the bolts at the front of the boat.
- Jonas PWe did the dolphin & seal snorkelling tour, and it was amazing! With no background at all regarding snorkelling, Phil and his family did a great job familiarizing us with the world below the sea. Especially the seals were very friendly and trusting (I could even touch one while it circled me). The dolphins were also fascinating, even if they didn't come that close. This is a great and very recommended adventure!