Bay of Islands Nature Cruise | Dolphin Encounter (Swim with the Dolphins)

Bay of Islands Nature Cruise | Dolphin Encounter (Swim with the Dolphins)

Swimming with dolphins in their world is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Dolphins, whales, fish, sea birds, penguins and other wildlife are frequently encountered in the spectacular marine environment at the Bay of Islands.

Join our luxury 20m high speed catamaran, designed specifically for the sea conditions of the Bay of Islands area. Our guides are some of the most experienced in the Bay and will educate and ensure you get the most from your eco-adventure.

This is your unique opportunity to get up close and personal with these beautiful marine mammals. See the abundance of marine mammals and wildlife the Bay of Islands is famous for. Our modern high speed luxury catamaran is purpose built for dolphin and whale watching and offers easy access to the water and hot showers. This is truly a unique opportunity and is especially spectacular in the Bay of Islands.

Tour Info

Tour Type: Cruises & Sailing Adventures
From: Bay of Islands to Bay of Islands
Price:
From (NZD) $140 per person
Duration: 1/2 Day
Tour Code: SWD

Inclusions

Live out a life long dream & swim alongside dolphins in their world
See these beautiful marine mammals right up close
Exclusive Island stop
Hot showers onboard the Catamaran
Ample cover to shelter from the weather
Vessels are either Discovery V, Discovery IV or Discovery III
A full commentary is provided in English by crew

Schedule & Duration

  • Frequency: Daily (30 Nov – 31 March Only)
  • Departure Point: Pier B, Paihia Wharf
  • Departure Time: 8:00am, 12:30pm or 1:00pm
  • Duration: 4 hours (3 hours in winter) (approximate)
  • Return Details: Concludes at original point of departure
  • Closed: Christmas Day

Important Information

  • There is no guarantee of swimming with dolphins. Once you find a pod of dolphins, Department of Conservation regulations and sea conditions will determine whether a swim is possible. Swimming is optional and swimmers need to be 8 years old and over and confident in the open water. The decision to swim is at the skipper’s discretion
  • This tour must be booked at least 72 hours in advance of travel
  • Confirmation for this product will be received within 24 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated
  • Complete operator information, including opening times and local contact telephone numbers are included on your e-voucher

General Information

  • Child ages are 5-15 years inclusive (0-5 years are free if sitting on a lap, but if a seat is required a child fare must be paid)
  • No sailing experience necessary
  • Bring a togs (bathers/swimmers), hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable shoes and camera
  • Morning tea, refreshments (own expense)
  • A full commentary is provided in English by your driver guide
  • In winter months we advise dressing warmly – jackets and warm clothes recommended
  • A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation
  • Occasionally we don’t see marine mammals, in which case a non-transferable vouchers is issued to come again for free. This is not a money back guarantee
  • Experienced crew provide full commentary
  • Daily departing sightseeing tours
  • Maximum 95 passengers
  • A modern fleet of luxury catamarans specifically designed for cruising around New Zealand

Tourism Affiliations

Tourism Industry MemberTourism Industry Winner 2010Qualmark Endorsed Visitor TransportQualmark Enviro Silver

4/5.0

There are 2 reviews of this tour from past clients of Relaxing Journeys, averaging 4 out of 5.


Tour Reviews

5
04/04/2014
The tour was fabulous and (Sally) at Relaxing Journeys was awesome. I had lost my confirmation and she quickly sent us new copies, as well as helped me with exactly where to go. The swim with the dolphins was so much fun and the tour even took us to see some additional islands that are not accessible by car. Very much fun!
Overall Tour Rating

3
24/04/2011
This was a great boat trip and we saw dolphins but heart broken that we didn't get to swim in the wild with them - no ones fault just nature, the crew tried really hard to find them but with no luck, we will have to go back again one day.
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Booking Form: Bay of Islands Nature Cruise | Dolphin Encounter (Swim with the Dolphins)

Bay of Islands Nature Cruise | Dolphin Encounter (Swim with the Dolphins)
Sightseeing Tours
Tour Code: SWD
From (NZD) $140 per person
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Rating:
2 reviews (4/5)

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