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  1. New Zealand
  2. Northland
  3. Paihia

Bay of Islands Dolphin Nature Cruise

Product ID: 175140
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Explore the warm waters in the Bay of Islands by high-speed catamaran on a dolphin nature cruise. Encounter these intelligent and playful mammals in their natural environment.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Marvel at picturesque views of the Bay of Islands while searching for dolphins on a 4-hour scenic cruise
  • Enjoy engaging live commentary from your knowledgable local skipper
Full description
Search for dolphins in the wild on a 4-hour scenic nature cruise through the picturesque Bay of Islands from Paihia. Explore the area by high-speed catamaran and receive full commentary from your knowledgeable local skipper about marine mammals and the conservation efforts being made. The Bay of Islands is home to 144 islands and a vibrant ecosystem providing a haven for dolphins, whales, and other marine mammals. 

Board the black and yellow catamaran at Paihia Wharf and be welcomed aboard by the friendly crew. Your crew will deliver a full safety briefing, and an overview of what you can expect on the trip. Then, start your cruise through the clear waters on a comfortable black and yellow power catamaran purpose-built for dolphin viewing with observation decks and large side opening windows.

If sea conditions are favorable and regulations are met, enjoy the opportunity to snorkel in the beautiful clear waters of the Bay of Islands. The snorkel spot will be selected by the skipper on the day. Rinse off afterward with a shower available on board. Please note that due to the Department of Conservation regulations, swimming with dolphins is not permitted in the Bay of Islands.

If time permits, you will also visit Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island after, and if you wish you can extend your time on the island and return on one of the later ferries – at no extra cost.
  • 4-hour dolphin nature cruise
  • Live commentary in English
  • Complimentary shower on board after your swim
  • Island stop-over at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island (time and conditions permitting)
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please be on the Paihia Wharf Pier 5, 15 minutes before departure for boarding. You may collect your boarding passes from the Explore office located on the corner of Marsden and Williams Roads.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Sun hat
  • Food and drinks
Not allowed
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Sea conditions and Department of Conversation regulations will determine whether a swim is possible on the day. The decision to swim is at the skipper’s discretion
• Please note that due to the Department of Conservation regulations, swimming with dolphins is not permitted in the Bay of Islands
• Swimmers must be 8 years old and over and confident in open water
• Children aged 8 to 12 years must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian at all times
• A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation
• The activity requires minimum numbers to operate
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.4 / 5
based on 25 reviews
Review summary
Value for money

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Explore Group New Zealand

Product ID: 175140