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Explore the stunning volcanic coastline, bays, and sea caves on a scenic cruise to Cathedral Cove. View the abundandt marine life below through the boat's glass panels.
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Duration: 2 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the stunning Cathedral Cove and volcanic coastline
  • Explore sea caves, towering rock formations, coastal islands and hidden beaches
  • View an abundance of marine life through the glass panels on the boat
  • Spot marine life such as penguins, sea birds, seals, dolphins and orcas
  • Enjoy commentary enriched in Maori and European history, coastal geology and fish identification
Full description
Hop onboard this 2-hour guided boat cruise to explore stunning volcanic coastline, the amazing marine life as well as learn more about what you see and the history of the area. Visit Cathedral Cove, sea caves, towering rock formations and more. View an abundance of the marine life through the glass panels throughout your cruise.

Meet the crew at the Whitianga Wharf to board the Glass Bottom Boat, then cruise out the harbour and learn about the history of Whitianga and abou Captain Cook's arrival. Once out the harbour hold onto your hats as the boat speeds up on the way to the stunning Shakespeares Cliff and Cooks Beach Blow hole. 

Continue on into the marine reserve to get a first look at Cathedral Cove and to explore the surrounding bays. Enjoy some fantastic marine life viewing through the glass panels such as schools of snapper, reef fish, stingrays, crayfish and more. Learn all about what you see both below the surface, but also in terms of geological formations.

Continue to view marine life while cruising along the coast line, stopping in bays to explore caves, rock pinnacles, and one of the tour highlights: the amazing Orua Sea Cave. The boat cruises right inside this magnificent sea cave full of fish and amazing acoustics.

On the way back, there is a stop for more marine life viewing and the option to jump in the beautiful waters and have a snorkel or swim. Also keep and eye out for any passing marine mammals such as dolphins or orca as they are breathe taking to see in the wild. If you are lucky you may get to see them swimming under the glass panels.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning views as the boat cruises back to the Whitianga Wharf.
Includes
  • Snorkel equipment
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation transfers

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Meeting point

The wharf is located opposite the Mercury Bay Museum. The boat is located at the wharf where the ferry departs from. Please check in at boat 15 minutes before the tour departs. The boat is blue with Glass Bottom Boat along the side.

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Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga

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