Dolphin Eco Cruise - 4 Hours

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Highlights & inclusions

Scenic dolphin cruise in Bay of Islands
Island stopover for swimming & snorkelling
90% success rate of spotting marine wildlife!
Suitable for all the family
Spectacular Scenery
Urupukapuka Island
or 4 payments of $34.50 with more info
Free cancellation up to 24 hours prior to experience

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Mon, Jul 15, 2024

What you can expect

The Bay of Islands is a spectacular place, with beautiful scenery, iconic landmarks and plenty of wildlife spotting on the Dolphin Eco Cruise with Explore Group. When you join this experience from Paihia or Russell, you will be treated to 5.5 hours of sightseeing in the Bay of Islands and seeing an abundance of wildlife in their natural environment. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales, seals, birdlife and much more on the Dolphin Eco Cruise.

During your half day cruise, you will discover the natural beauty of the Bay of Islands as you cruise onboard a purpose-built Explore Group vessel. The catamaran has plenty of space on outdoor viewing platforms so that you can enjoy the views throughout your Bay of Islands journey and look out for marine mammals. There is both indoor and outdoor seating with the option to purchase drinks and snacks onboard.

Throughout the Dolphin Eco Cruise experience, you will have the chance to learn about the Project Island Song wildlife sanctuary and its commitment to restoring natural ecosystems in the Bay of Islands. The Explore Group guides are passionate about the area and love to share their knowledge during the cruise. There is even a 1.5 hour island stopover on the pest free Urupukapuka Island, where you can spot native birds that have been reintroduced as part of the Project Island Song programme.

Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island is one of the most popular beaches in the Bay of Islands, perfect for relaxing, swimming or snorkelling (conditions permitting). Explore this idyllic beach and its cafe on your 1.5 hour island stopover, before returning to Paihia or Russell on the Dolphin Eco Cruise.

Marine Mammal Viewing Guarantee The Dolphin Eco Cruise with Explore Group is proud to support the Bay of Islands Marine Mammal Sanctuary when it comes to interactions with marine mammals. The friendly experienced crew have a high success rate for locating dolphins, whales and more marine mammals. There is even a ‘Marine Mammal Viewing Guarantee’, which means that if the crew don’t spot any marine mammals on the day, you receive a ‘go again for free’ voucher, so you can take the tour again.


What you need to know

  • 4 hour scenic cruise in the Bay of Islands
  • 1.5 hour island stopover
  • Opportunity to see marine mammals (such as dolphins, whales, seals & birdlife)
  • Option to snorkel or swim at Otehei Bay
  • 4 hours scenic cruise on board our purpose-built vessel with large viewing decks and air-conditioned cabin
  • Opportunity to view marine mammals including dolphins, whales, seals, birdlife and more
  • Marine mammal viewing guarantee – come again for free if we don’t spot any marine mammals during your cruise^
  • 1.5 hour stop at Otehei Bay to spot the native wildlife reintroduced on Urupukapuka including Tīeke, Kakariki, Toutouwai and more
  • Learn about the restoration and repopulation of the Islands with native flora and fauna through the efforts of Local Iwi, Department of Conservation and Project Island Song
  • Opportunity to experience the thrill of boom-netting or an alternate snorkelling/swimming activity (conditions permitting)
  • Option to purchase drinks and snacks on board, as well as full café and bar facilities at Otehei Bay
  • This experience operates daily from 11:30 am during summer - from 21 October
  • Allow 6 hours
  • Departs from Paihia/Russell
Departure Location
  • This experience departs from Paihia/Russell
What To Bring
  • Please dress comfortably & bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm layer, swimwear, towel & your camera
Additional Information
  • Please dress comfortably & bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, warm layer, swimwear, towel & your camera
  • Light refreshments are available to purchase onboard
  • You can purchase lunch from the cafe at Otehei Bay, or you are welcome to bring your own picnic
  • Marine mammal viewing guarantee - this cruise has a 90% success rate of viewing marine mammals, however if no marine mammals are spotted you can cruise again for free.
Terms And Conditions
  • All departures are subject to minimum numbers, sea and weather conditions and Explore Group reserves the right to cancel departures in the event that requirements are not met.
  • Explore Group reserve the right to alter proposed routes or cancel any departure in the interest of passenger safety and/or comfort.
Booking Information
  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • Vouchers can also be presented on your mobile device for this attraction
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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