During summer, Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters provides the opportunity to swim, view and enjoy dolphins in the Bay of Plenty. Sightings of baby dolphin are incredible. Then we head to Whale Island and swim with the friendly Kekeno seals.

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$130 - $160

Diveworks Charters in it's 22nd year of operation, run the following tours: Dolphin and Seal Encounters, Whale Island Guided walks, Fishing and diving trips. It is family owned and operated. Diveworks Whale Island Guided Walks are filled with first-hand island information and history. Since 1988 Phil has been passionate about Whale Island's development. Diveworks Fishing Trips are suitable for the family, beginners or keen anglers, casual or group bookings are available. We supply all equipment needed for tours. “Over 35,000 people have been on Diveworks - our tour parties are small and with every trip you will feel like one of the family.”


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Business Hours:
We are open 7 Days during peak Dolphin season, weather and sea conditions permitting. Trips generally run from 0800-1200 or 1300-1700 hours.

Months of Operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Nov, Dec


Proximity to town:
50 meters from I-SITE.

Proximity to airport:
10km to Whakatane Airport

Proximity to bus:
50 Meters from Coach Terminal

Within 50 meters of Booking Office

Weather Considerations:
Trips only run in suitable conditions generally in winds not exceeding 15 knots.



Adult $130 - $160
Child $10 - $160

Activity Duration:
3-4 hours

Dolphins are wild animals which range over a wide area. During peak season we have a very high success rate but we can not always guarantee opportunities to swim with them. The Department of Conservation have very strict guidelines and we will not do anything which interferes with them. We will not swim if they have little babies with them or if sea conditions make it unsuitable. Swimming with the seals is usually the highlight of all trips and is almost guaranteed. The skipper has final say.

Cancellation Policy:
We reserve the right to cancel or postpone due to unfavorable weather or sea conditions, Mechanical breakdown or other. Full refunds will be given in these events. Passengers are reminded that they must contact us the night before to get updates on +64 27 2444 964 or +64 7 308 2001.