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Dolphin Eco Experience

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  • Swim with dolphins in the wild (optional)
  • Incredible views
  • Low viewing deck & underwater microphones
  • Limited passenger numbers
  • Beautiful Bay of Island landscape
  • See dolphins, whales and other wildlife
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Explore the waters off the beautiful Bay of Islands region in New Zealand with this Dolphin Eco Experience. Aboard a purpose built vessel with outdoor viewing decks, you'll be treated to incredible views of the region and the local dolphins as they swim around the boat.

If you're looking to stay on board and watch the dolphins from the dry comfort of the deck you can do so, however, if you're looking for a more hands-on experience you can dive in and swim with these intelligent creatures. The swimming experience lets you free swim or snorkel around the bottlenose dolphins for the experience of a lifetime. Swimming is weather permitting.

For those staying on board, be sure to keep your eyes peeled as the Bay of Island region is a common destination for orcas, baleen whales, seals, penguins and more! If you can't spot any yourself, the friendly and experienced crew are good at spotting and are always on hand to point out what they see. The intimate nature of the cruise makes it the perfect, uncrowded outing in the Bay of Islands region with just 35 people booked onto each cruise.

The crew has many years of experience in searching for and finding dolphins in the area and has extensive knowledge about their behaviours, which they will share with you throughout the experience. However, in the unlikely event that you do not spot dolphins on this 3.5 to 4-hour cruise, you are given a ‘go again for free’ voucher (subject to availability). The Dolphin Eco Experience cruise is a great way to see the bay’s wild side!

This tour has finished for the season and will return mid October 2018


  • Bay of Island Cruise
  • Full commentary
  • View the dolphins

Optional Extras

  • Swim with dolphins at an extra cost of $30
  • Wetsuits and snorkelling equipment included when having booked the dolphin swimming option


  • Swim with dolphins in the wild (optional)
  • Low viewing deck for watching from onboard
  • Underwater microphones
  • Limited passenger numbers
  • Informative commentary
  • Incredible sceneries

Tour Times

Ex Paihia

  • Departs from The Wharf, next to the Maritime Building, waterfront
  • Morning Cruise: Departs 8.00am and returns at 12.00pm
  • Afternoon Cruise: Departs 12.30pm and returns at 4.20pm

Ex Russell

  • Departs from The Wharf, waterfront
  • Morning Cruise: Departs at 8.10am and returns at 11.50am
  • Afternoon Cruise: Departs at 12.40pm and returns at 4.10pm

What to Bring

  • Sunhat and sunblock
  • Camera
  • If you are planning to swim with the dolphins, please bring a towel and wear your swimsuit under your clothes for convenient changing

Additional Information

  • A full commentary is provided in English by the skipper and crew. Printed guide sheets are available in German, Japanese and Mandarin
  • If on the day of your cruise weather conditions are poor you can cancel prior to departure and receive a full refund OR choose to cruise another day
  • Dolphin Viewing Guaranteed - 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 cruise (Subject to availability)
  • Dolphin Swimming Guarantee - Should conditions prevent us from swimming with dolphins, a swim refund of $30 will be offered to those passengers who have paid to swim, or alternatively receive a ‘go again for free’ voucher (Subject to availability and valid for 3 months). This guarantee applies to 'The Cream Trip' and 'Dolphin Eco Experience'

Important Information

  • Children under 8yrs are not permitted to swim with dolphins and children 8-12yrs must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times

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 the day of the experience.
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Cruise vessel subject to change without notice
I did this trip when I was quite a lot younger
Michelle - Gold Coast 5 years ago

I did this trip when I was quite a lot younger, however the memories have never left my mind. I last week went back to do it again however due to extreme bad weather conditions it was cancelled. I thought I would write about my first experience I had however as it was absolutely brilliant! I just remember being in the water and thinking to myself that the dolphins were so much bigger than I thought and so beautiful. We got really close to the dolphins and the visibility was amazing! It didn't take long for us to spot them also. Definitely a trip everyone should do if visiting the Bay of Islands!!

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