Bay of Islands Dolphin Nature Cruise
- 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
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)
- Food and drinks
Prepare for the activity
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.Open in Google Maps ⟶
- Sun hat
- Food and drinks
- Luggage or large bags
• 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