• Location: Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
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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

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Bay of Islands Dolphin Cruise from Paihia or Russell

Bay of Islands dolphin cruise

Customer Reviews

Elaine P

4 star rating: Recommended February 2018

the dolphin trIp was well organised, the staff were very knowledgeable and informative. Seeing the dolphins up close and there were so many of them was amazing.Too many people on the boat, a bit crowded. Nice stop at the beach for a swim


4 star rating: Recommended December 2017

Had a great time, super weather. Boat left right on time. Only eleven people on the boat, cruised many bays looking for wildlife, saw sea birds and Bottlenosed dolphins, some were 18 feet long and some had young ones. The tour usually offers you to swim with the dolphins but the day we were there did was not offered due to most of the dolphins were adolescent it was not safe to swim with them.
Overall a great day on the water

Malcolm H

4 star rating: Recommended April 2017

The trip was very good however we didn't get to swim with the dolphins due to either them feeding or baby's were with them. My daughter was on the same trip last year and she didn't swim with them either. I feel that the chances of swimming with them is very unlikely. The advert emphasis too much that you will swim and makes it sound more guaranteed.

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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