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Watch wild dolphins frolic near your boat and have the option to hop in the water and swim near them on this half-day Bay of Islands dolphin-watching cruise in New Zealand. Your captain cruises to remote islands, where you look for dolphins and other marine animals such as seals, orcas and penguins. If conditions allow, you can even swim with the dolphins from the boat — an unforgettable experience! Hear informative commentary from the crew on a tour that has a maximum of 35 participants, ensuring a more customized adventure.


  • 4-hour dolphin-watching cruise in the Bay of Islands, from Paihia or Russell
  • Keep eyes open for dolphins, whales, seals and other animals
  • Hop in the water to swim near wild dolphins (if conditions allow)
  • Hear the dolphins chatter via the underwater microphone and watch them in the water from the boat’s lower deck
  • Learn about New Zealand's wildlife and history from the informative crew
  • Choose a morning or afternoon tour from Pahia or Russell

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Not many wildlife-watching cruises allow you to get in the water to swim near the underwater residents. This is a memorable way to see local dolphins in one of the North Island's most beautiful regions and the warmest waters in New Zealand.

What You Can Expect

Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise from Paihia or Russell

Bay of Islands dolphin cruise

Customer Reviews

Siyuan H

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

Cruise was very pretty nice. We saw dolphins swimming right after the cruise ship pulled out pier but didn't have a chance to swim with them. Crews are knowledgeable about local marine life, helpful and nice.

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