Breathtaking Doubtful Sound is one of the most pristine wilderness areas in the world. A striking place of soaring peaks and still, calm waters it is nick-named "Sound of Silence" because of the incredible stillness and peace that fills the sound. One minute it might be all sunshine and bright skies and the next it will be shrouded in fog and mystery.
The sound is a long fingered fiord gouged by glaciers between 15,000 and 75,000 years ago it is three times longer and ten times bigger than the more popular and accessible nearby Milford Sound. The sound comprises of three fingers and is full of stunning waterfalls and islets. The islets are prime spots to view Fiordland Crested Penguins and New Zealand Fur Seals.
Doubtful Sound tour is amazing. The captain of the boat while we were on the Doubtful Sound was very considerate of passengers and actively looked at making it a truly remarkable experience. This was done by slowing down for us to see dolphins and seals. Excellent tour company!
My husband and I loved this trip. Were lucky enough to have beautiful weather. Doesn't get much better than sitting on the deck in the sun watching a pod of dolphins play. Magical.
Well run tour with excellent service. Would definitely recommend it. A MUST DO for your New Zealand itinerary.
There are a number of boats that leave from nearby Manapouri (20 mins from the tourist hub of Te Anau). It is even possible to stay the night on the sound experiencing the thrilling sunset and the glorious sunrise.