Set off on a half-day Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life. Enjoy the views from our catamaran Dolphin Seeker as we journey right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.
Take a half-day Bay of Islands cruise in search of dolphins and other marine life. Enjoy the views from our catamaran Dolphin Seeker as we journey around the Bay of Islands right to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island.
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 we get you up close to the action. Our purpose-built catamaran is licensed by DOC (the Department of Conservation) for dolphin viewing and our crew have years of experience locating dolphins in these waters. If conditions permit, grab a wetsuit and snorkel and join the dolphins for a swim (additional $15 per person).
Stop off at picturesque Urupukapuka Island and relax on the beach, or walk to the top of the island to enjoy 360° views of this beautiful region before we make our way back to port. (From 1 May - 21 Oct island stopover is available on the morning cruise only, conditions permitting.) As part of your cruise we offer a free ferry ticket so you can explore Paihia or Russell at your leisure.
Dolphin Seeker has indoor and outdoor seating available, and the largest outdoor viewing decks in the Bay of Islands. Hot and cold refreshments are available on board, and a picnic lunch can be purchased at time of booking (or feel free to bring your own lunch).
LifeTime Dolphin Viewing Guarantee
In the unlikely event that we're unsuccessful in viewing dolphins or whales on your trip, we will offer you a 'go again for free' voucher for another Dolphin Cruise to Hole in the Rock. Subject to availability.
DEPARTURE POINT: Paihia Wharf/Russell Wharf. BRING: Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and your camera. If you'd like to swim with the dolphins, bring your swimsuit and a towel. HEAR: A full commentary is provided by your skipper. A limited number of multi lingual translator units are available on this cruise, in German, French and Mandarin Chinese. Translators must be pre-booked to avoid disappointment. EAT: Hot and cold refreshments are available for purchase. A picnic lunch can be pre-ordered for $16pp (afternoon cruise only; pre-orders must be received by 6pm the day before travel).