Cruise the Bay of Islands in search of dolphins and whales. Get up close and personal to these amazing creatures with our low viewing decks, then swim with wild dolphins in the warmest waters in New Zealand.
This tour does not operate from 1 May to 21 October. To swim with the dolphins during this time, take our Hole in the Rock cruise.
Dolphins are fascinating creatures, and in the Bay of Islands we are blessed with their presence all year round. This eco cruise gives you the chance to get into the water and swim with dolphins as they play in their natural environment (optional extra, conditions permitting). You'll also cruise the many secluded islands of the Bay and gain an insight into this historically significant region.
This intimate half-day cruise seeks out the many playful dolphins within the sheltered waters of the Bay. We often see bottlenose and common dolphins, baleen whales, orca, seals, fish, penguins and other sea and bird life.
Our experienced crew have specialist knowledge of dolphin behaviour – join them in searching for those tell-tale splashes from our purpose-built dolphin watching boat Tutunui.
With Tutunui's low viewing deck, water jet engines and underwater microphone, and a maximum number of 35 passengers on board, you're guaranteed an up close and personal experience. If conditions permit, jump into the warmest waters in New Zealand and snorkel with these graceful and inquisitive creatures (additional $30 per person) – it'll be an experience you will never forget!
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 Eco Experience. Subject to availability.
BRING: Hat, sunscreen and your camera. If you plan to swim, bring a towel and wear your swimsuit under your clothing for convenience. Snorkels, masks, fins and wetsuits are provided. HEAR: A full commentary is provided by your skipper. GOOD TO KNOW: Swimming with dolphins costs an additional $30 per person (refundable if swimming does not take place). Swimming with dolphins is subject to the Department of Conservation’s rules and regulations and the skipper’s discretion. All passengers who wish to swim with dolphins must be able to swim competently in open water unaided. If you are unsure, please consult with our team during booking. The crew must be informed of any medical condition that could affect your swimming ability in open water. Children under 8 years are not permitted to swim with dolphins and children 8-12 years must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.