Explore Bookme forThe Bay of Islands

Join us for this once in a lifetime cruise in the crystal clear waters of the beautiful Bay Of Islands.

Highlights

  • Take the opportunity to get up close and personal with dolphins and other marine life
  • Gear up and jump in the warm subtropical waters, or just watch from the viewing deck!
  • Stunning scenery of the Bay of Islands along the way
  • Friendly and knowledgeable hosts that will make sure you get the most out of the experience

Nothing quite compares to the extraordinary experience of swimming with dolphins in their natural environment.

Board the dolphin discovery catamaran, purposely built for dolphin viewing and swimming, and take off on your epic adventure searching for these intelligent marine mammals.

Once a pod of dolphins has been located, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal and play with them in the warm subtropical waters and observe their natural behaviours.

Your friendly and knowledgeable hosts provide mask's, snorkel's, fins and wetsuit's allowing you to make the most of this amazing experience. For those that don't want to swim, simply sit back and relax on the catamarans viewing decks, watching the dolphins and soaking up the outstanding scenery. This premier tour operator has a 98% success rate in locating dolphins - Lifetime dolphin viewing is guaranteed.

In addition, this operator contributes a portion of the fare to benefit marine mammal research and conservation. So join us for an unforgettable dolphin discovery in the warmest of New Zealand waters in the stunning Bay Of Islands.

Departures: From Paihia & Russell, Bay Of Islands. This trip runs from Labour Weekend to April, then during May to October it is combined with the Hole In The Rock trip.

Adult $120.00
Child $60.00

Duration

  • Allow approximately 4 hours duration for the whole experience

Restrictions

  • Swimmers must be 8 years old and over and confident in the open water. The decision to swim is at skipper's discretion.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • Child price applies to ages 0 to 15 years.

    Discount bookings are Non Transferable and Non refundable.

    IMPORTANT: Once we find a pod of dolphins, Department of Conservation regulations and sea conditions will determine whether a swim is possible.

Available Bookings from December 13 to December 19

Change Dates

All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

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Mon 17 Dec
Tue 18 Dec
Wed 19 Dec

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$60.00

11spaces priced from:

  • Adult$94.00
  • Child$60.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$94.00
  • Child$60.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$60.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$60.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$60.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$60.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$94.00
  • Child$60.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$94.00
  • Child$60.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$120.00
  • Child$60.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$60.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$60.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$84.00
  • Child$60.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Ben Wong from New Zealand wrote on 11 October 2018

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Dolphin discovery tour

Get to see the beautiful scenery of bays of islands during the cruise as well as pods of lovely dolphins. It was a great experience.

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Caroline from United Kingdom wrote on 15 January 2018

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Amazing seeing dolphins in their natural habitat.

I really enjoyed the dolphin discovery. We got to see a pod of 25 dolphins including a 3 week old baby! They came up really close to the boat and were very playful. Unfortunately we didn’t get to swim with the dolphins as they couldn’t locate the other pod, the crew said that they could have been further out but as the sea was too choppy we couldn’t go out there which was a massive shame. But we got to snorkel and watch one of the crew members feed the fish. So overall it was a really good experience.

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JG from Australia wrote on 17 November 2017

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Great experience, shame we didn't get to swim

It was a lovely day out on the ocean and the staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Unfortunately we only came across pods that had babies, and thus we weren't able to swim on that day. Still a very enjoyable experience.

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Michaela from Austria wrote on 21 April 2017

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nice boat cruise, nice crew

We pretty soon saw 2 bottle nose dolphins who were supposed to swim with us - then they decided on no and took off. So we had a wet experience without them, which is ok, because nobody can guarantee which mood they're in. We cruised some more, had a nice view of the islands, a visit by a fur seal, and even a very close encounter with a common dolphin family including baby at the end of the trip. Nice trip, but I would not expect the actual swim.

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Leanne Cameron from New Zealand wrote on 16 April 2017

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sharing local history

great friendly staff , just think something to consider is how the guy feeds back history information, in particular how he talks about maori and early settlers at times this was disrespectful , i know he was trying to be funny but it totally wasn't, maybe learn to speak some te reo to share in history talk, lucky no one was really paying attention or any maori were on the boat , something to consider and sharpen up there skills on delivering history.

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