Join the most popular dolphin watching cruise in the Bay of Islands!
With departures twice a day (morning and afternoon) from Paihia and Russell, there is a dolphin cruise that will suit your schedule. As you cruise out, take in the stunning views from the comfortable catamaran as it glides out through the islands and along the Rakaumangamanga Peninsula to Cape Brett. Here is a historic lighthouse that keeps watch over and Piercy Island/Motukōkako, or as it is popularly known the 'Hole in the Rock'.
According to Māori legend, local warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before departing for battle. Drops of water from the cave roof above were a good omen. If conditions permit, your skipper will expertly guide the ship through the narrow space... and if you get dripped on, consider yourself lucky!
Keep an eye out for common and bottlenose dolphins, whales and other marine life during your cruise, and have your camera ready as you get up close to the action. The purpose-built catamaran is licensed by the Department of Conservation for dolphin viewing and the crew have years of experience locating dolphins in these waters. The catamaran has indoor and outdoor seating available, and the largest outdoor viewing decks in the Bay of Islands. You can choose to pre-book a picnic lunch, bring your own food, or there is hot and cold food available to buy on board.
Book your unforgettable Bay of Islands dolphin watching cruise online with us today!
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.
Lunch is not included. Hot and cold refreshments are available for purchase on board.
Child ticket: Ages 5 - 14 years
Infants under the age of 5 can take part in this tour for free but must be included when booking.
Tour times: tours depart Paihia at 9:00 am and 1:30 pm. Tours depart from Russell 10 minutes after Paihia departure times. Please note that only afternoon tours will look for dolphins since 1 July 2019.
Interacting with dolphins and marine mammals is subject to DOC regulations.
Multilingual headsets with audio commentary are available in German, French, Mandarin Chinese. Please contact us when booking if you require a multilingual headset.
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 interacting with dolphins and marine mammals is subject to Department of Conservation regulations.
We recommend bringing medication if you are prone to seasickness.
Please note that passing through the Hole in the Rock is subject to the weather conditions. This part of the tour may be changed or omitted at the discretion of the supplier.
What to bring:
Flat soled shoes
Light jacket (warm jacket in colder months)
Seasickness medication (if required)
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.