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Dolphin Nature Cruise

Join us for this once in a lifetime cruise to encounter dolphins and amazing wildlife in their natural environment!


  • Take a fascinating cruise to discover dolphins and other amazing marine life
  • Have the opportunity to snorkel in the beautiful clear waters of the Bay of Islands
  • Stunning scenery of the Bay of Islands along the way
  • Friendly and knowledgeable hosts will make sure you get the most out of the experience
  • Lifetime marine mammal viewing is guaranteed!

Encounter dolphins and other amazing wildlife in the Bay of Islands as you embark on the Dolphin Nature Cruise!

Sit back and relax onboard the black and yellow "power cat" as we search for dolphins living in the wild, while you learn all about these intelligent and playful mammals by way of interesting and informative commentary.

The knowledgeable local skippers will also provide full commentary about other marine mammals and the conservation efforts being made, and you'll have the option to discover the underwater world by snorkeling around one of the many magical snorkeling areas.

We also visit Urupukapuka Island - the jewel of the Bay! Here you will have time to visit the conservation center and walk the islands many tracks while listening to and viewing some of New Zealand’s most rare and endangered birds on this island sanctuary!

Departs Paihia: 12.00pm

Deaprts Russell: 12.10pm

Adult $120.00
Child $60.00

What's included

  • Reef Snorkelling
  • Dolphin Viewing
  • Wildlife spotting/viewing on the water and on land
  • Island Sanctuary stopover
  • Full Commentary by Guides
  • Conservation Centre Visit
  • Optional Extended Island Stop returning on a later ferry


  • Allow approximately 4 hours for the whole experience


  • Departs from Paihia Wharf 12.00pm

    Deaprts from Russell Wharf 12.10pm


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.


  • Please note that as of 2019, due to new regulations, unfortunately swimming with dolphins is no longer permissible in the Bay of Islands.
  • Child price applies to ages 0 to 15 years.

    Discount bookings are Non Transferable and Non refundable.

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

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


222 reviews

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Zinnia from New Zealand wrote on 02 February 2020

Really good viewing

Dolphins came right up - didn't take long to find them. They found a stunning sheltered snorkeling space, even managed to hand feed Kina to snapper and other fish. There as juts this little bird tour for 15-20 mins which we did not expect, that was a bit odd. But other than that, brilliant. They even let us hang back to otehei bay and arranged a later ferry for us.

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Trish from New Zealand wrote on 11 January 2020

Epic Afternoon

A great way to spend the afternoon; from bird wildlife/conservation to mammals conservation and a dip in the ocean. This afternoon had it all! Thank you to Explore Bay of Islands! You gave us many lasting memories!

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Robin from United Kingdom wrote on 13 March 2020


We boarded the boat at Russel wharf and were told that we were the only ones on the dolphin cruise. We were so glad that the crew went ahead with the trip, instead of cancelling due to low ticket sales. We were treated like VIPs, the crew interaction was brilliant and their marine biology knowledge was faultless. Their knowledge of the waterways and islands was really impressive and they took us to some particularly beautiful areas of the Bay of Islands. Our captain located a pod of really playful dolphins and after she cut the boat's engines they played in the waters surrounding the boat. The captain then declared that we had stayed for the Department of Conservation recommended time scale and we set off again. We were then treated to a nature walk where we saw fantails, saddlebacks and a few cheeky tuis. Amazing day, would highly recommend this experience

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Paul from United Kingdom wrote on 11 February 2020

Explore dolphins and nature cruise

Excellent trip on the Explore boat, were very lucky with the dolphin watching which was great. The crew was very knowledgeable and informative. All round good value and a fantastic experience

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felixh4 from New Zealand wrote on 10 February 2020

Lovely experience with a small vessel

Really loved the dolphin cruise. Both for the lovely pack of dolphins we saw, as well as the commentary and the sightseeing in the rest of Bay of Islands. With this small vessel you really get the sense that you are travelling with a handful of personal guides that take you around the waters, into the waters (snorkeling) and on to the land (birdwatching) all at once!

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