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Explore the Bay of Islands: View Dolphins, Whales & Native Wildlife!

Unforgettable Encounters Await:

Embark on a scenic cruise through the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands, a nature lover’s paradise. Witness various marine life, including playful dolphins (bottlenose, common, and even rare Bryde’s!), majestic whales (seasonal), and curious seals. With a 90% success rate and a marine mammal viewing guarantee, you’re almost certain to have an unforgettable encounter! (*restrictions may apply)

Explore Otehei Bay Sanctuary:

Your journey includes a stop at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island, a Department of Conservation recreation reserve. Learn about the local marine mammal sanctuary and Project Island Song’s efforts to restore the island’s ecosystem and bring back the vibrant native birdsong.

Spot Reintroduced Wildlife:

Explore the island’s established tracks and witness a variety of reintroduced native wildlife, including Tīeke (North Island saddleback)Toutouwai (North Island robin)Pāteke (brown teal), and even the fascinating Wētāpunga (giant wētā).

Your Cruise Highlights:

  • 4-hour scenic cruise: Enjoy panoramic views from our purpose-built vessel, which has spacious viewing decks and a comfortable air-conditioned cabin.
  • Marine mammal guarantee: See dolphins, whales, seals, or come back for free! (*restrictions may apply)
  • A 1.5-hour stop at Otehei Bay allows you to explore the island, learn about conservation efforts, and spot reintroduced native wildlife.
  • Optional activities: Experience the thrill of boom-netting (seasonal) or enjoy snorkelling or swimming (conditions permitting).
  • Refreshments are available: You can purchase drinks and snacks onboard or visit the full cafe and bar facilities at Otehei Bay.

Book your Explore Dolphin Eco Cruise today and create great memories in the stunning Bay of Islands!

Book online & get a discount  (Save 10%) 

Price: $150 per adult – $75:0 per Child (Book online and get a 20% Discount)  (explore20)
Departs: 8:30 am & 2:00 Paihia & Russell 8:40 am & 2:10 pm 
Duration: approx4 4 Hours 

Experience the spectacular natural beauty of the Bay of Islands and its abundant wildlife while we cruise the sheltered waters and discover whales, dolphins, seals, birdlife and more.

We view marine mammals on 90% of our trips however, we also offer a marine mammal viewing guarantee so you can come again for free if we don’t spot any marine mammals during your cruise.*

Your trip will include a stop at Otehei Bay on the Department of Conservation’s recreation reserve Urupukapuka Island, where you will learn about the local marine mammal sanctuary and how Project Island Song is restoring the island ecosystems to bring native birdsong back to the islands.

You will also have time to explore the island via the established tracks and spot reintroduced native wildlife including tīeke (North Island saddleback), toutouwai (North Island robin), pāteke (brown teal), Wētāpunga (giant wētā) and more. 

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