Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands on a half-day cruise and swim with dolphins (if conditions permit) on this full day sightseeing tour.
Some say swimming with dolphins is a life-changing experience. This return tour from Auckland gives you the chance to get into the water with these amazing creatures and swim alongside as they play in their natural environment (conditions permitting). You'll also cruise the many secluded islands of the Bay and gain an insight into this historically significant region.
Leaving Auckland, travel north on a GreatSights luxury coach, passing through lush green farmland and native bush as your driver guide points out scenic highlights and shares stories about local history. Arrive in the seaside town of Paihia for your dolphin eco cruise and your chance to swim with wild dolphins.
This half-day cruise seeks out the many playful common and bottlenose dolphins within the sheltered waters of the Bay. Keep an eye out for other marine life as well, including whales, penguins and seals as you cruise. Our experienced crew have an intimate knowledge of dolphin behaviour – join them in searching for those tell-tale splashes from our purpose-built dolphin watching boat Tutunui.
If conditions permit, jump into the warmest waters in New Zealand and snorkel with these graceful and inquisitive creatures – it'll be an experience you will never forget!
At the conclusion of your dolphin cruise you will re-board your coach for the return journey to Auckland.
Useful info: In the unlikely event we are unsuccessful in viewing dolphins or whales on your trip, we will offer you a 'go again for free' voucher for another dolphin eco cruise (subject to availability). Swimming with dolphins in the wild is subject to the Department of Conservation's rules and regulations and the skipper's discretion. Snorkels, masks, fins and wetsuits are provided. All passengers who wish to swim with dolphins must be comfortable swimming in open water. If you are unsure, please consult with our team during booking.
To book this tour between 1 May - 22 October please click here.
Free WiFi is available on board coaches on this tour
"The summer hideaway of New Zealand. No snow in the winter. Dolphin watching or daytime tour. Enjoyable place worth seeing."
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