• 4 Hrs Duration
  • English
  • Free Cancellation 9 Days Before Use
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • No Transfer
  • No Meals Included

Bay of Islands Dolphin Discovery Cruise (with Optional Swim)

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Discover the just how intelligent and playful dolphins are on this half day Bay of Islands dolphin cruise!

Departing from Paihia and Russell, you'll enjoy a scenic 4 hour cruise through the picturesque Bay of Island while searching for dolphins. With full commentary from your knowledgeable local skipper, you'll learn so much about these beautiful marine mammals as you cruise along. Enjoy a comfortable cruise on the black and yellow power catamaran, which is purpose built for dolphin viewing with observation decks and large side opening windows. When a pod of dolphins are located, you can use the complementary masks, snorkels, fins and wetsuits on-board to swim with them (if conditions permit).

With over 90% of these cruises seeing marine mammals (dolphins, whales or orcas), you're basically guaranteed to see something! And your cruise comes with a lifetime viewing guarantee, so if you don't spot any dolphins you will be given a voucher to come on board again for free until you do.

If time permits, you will also visit Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island afterwards and if you wish you can extend your time on the island and return on one of the later ferries - at no extra cost.

Enjoy an awesome half day exploring the Bay of Islands and seeing dolphins with this excellent-value tour - book your spot online today!

Assembling arrangement:
  • Tours depart from Paihia and Russell

  • Paihia meeting point: Paihia Wharf, Marsden Road, Paihia

  • Russell meeting point: Russell Wharf, Cass Street, Russell

  • Please check-in at the meeting point at least 15 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time.

  • Child ticket: Ages 5 - 15 years

  • Infants under the age of 5 can take part in this tour for free.

  • Tour time: tours depart Paihia at 8:00 am and 12:30 pm from December to April and at 12:30 pm from May to November. Tours depart from Russell 10 minutes after Paihia departure times.

  • This tour is subject to weather conditions. Parts of the tour may be changed or omitted at the discretion of the supplier.

  • Please note that dolphins are wild animals and sightings cannot be guaranteed. No refunds will be given if no sightings are made, however there is a lifetime viewing guarantee. If you don't spot any dolphins, you will be given a voucher to come on board again for free until you do.

  • Please note that once the supplier finds a pod of dolphins, Department of Conservation regulations will determine whether a swim is possible.

  • Swimming is optional however you need to be 8 years and over and a confident swimmer in the open water to take part in this activity.

  • We recommend bringing medication if you are prone to seasickness.

What to bring:

  • Flat soled shoes

  • Sun-protective clothing

  • Swimwear

  • Towel

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Hat

  • Light jacket (warm jacket in colder months)

  • Camera

  • Seasickness medication (if required)

How to Use
Booking information:
  • Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.

  • Please present the voucher on your mobile device on the day of the tour.

  • Your tour operator's contact details are included on the tour voucher.

Cancellation rules:
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellation or revision made at least 9 days before use.
  • 30% payment fee will be charged for cancellation or revision made at 6-8 days before use.
  • No cancellation or revision within 5 days before use.
  • If you do not show up at the required time, you will be considered to have forfeited your booking and will not be entitled to a refund.
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