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Choose from a morning or afternoon cruise around the Bay of Islands to see dolphins in their natural habitat. After departure from either Russell or Pahia, your boat captain takes you out to secluded islands around the bay to look for bottlenose and common dolphins, as well as other native animals like orcas, baleen whales, seals, penguins and seabirds.

If you get lucky with the weather and wildlife conditions on the day of your cruise, you can jump in the warm water and snorkel near the dolphins , please note it is a additional $30.00 to swim with the dolphins , if we are unable to achieve a swim this is refunded back to you at the completion of your cruise.Enjoy swimming in the proximity of these amazing mammals, who are renowned for their intelligence, as well as their grace and agility.

On board the boat, the crew shares informative commentary about dolphin behavior and the marine ecosystem of the Bay of Islands. You’ll also learn about the history of the region and significant events that occurred here, including some that contributed to the founding of New Zealand. Your boat is smaller than most other tour vessels and features a low outdoor viewing deck, underwater microphone, and water jet engines that enhance your dolphin-watching experience. Your cruise ends when you return to your starting point.

Please note: Dolphins are seen on most cruises, however nature is unpredictable. In the unlikely event that no dolphins or whales are spotted during your tour, you can take another dolphin-watching cruise at no additional cost.
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Paihia Harbour
Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands Day Tours
Hauraki Blue Cruises
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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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile
Dolphin Eco Experience

This was a fabulous experience for me and my wife. The skipper and guide (Scott) were very helpful and knowledgeable. They were determined that we should both find and swim with dolphins if at all possible. The first pod were enchanting and came alongside the...More

Thank Peter B
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

How do you rate a cruise that was intended to see dolphins when you actually see a pod of killer whales? We got off to an average start by spotting dolphins in the harbour at Russel after about 20 minutes at sea. Well, we thought,...More

1  Thank SussexChris
Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile
Great experience

Had a great time on this 4 hour trip which flew by. It was a bit of an adventure for my 8 year old daughter, firstly trying to spot the dolphins then getting in the water and swimming with 3 dolphins, although they weren't overly...More

1  Thank Darren H
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile
Great trip!

We were very lucky to have a beautiful day for the trip and we saw dolphins. We enjoyed a little tour of the BOI as well as wildlife spotting. All the staff were friendly. The female skipper was knowledgable, keeping us entertained with details about...More

Thank freerthanyou
Reviewed 21 December 2017
Focus more on wildlife

Very few dolphins and lots of chop. This cruise seems unnecessarily limited by Fullers' commitment to get out to the Hole in the Rock, even when weather isn't suitable (it wasn't the day we went). Let other cruises do Hole in the Rock; the dolphin/whale...More

Thank GRChang
FullersGreatSights, Marketing Coordinator at Hauraki Blue Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2017

Kia ora GRChang, Our Hole in the Rock Dolphin cruise's highlight is getting out to the Hole in the Rock and through it. If you'd like to have an intimate experience with dolphins, we recommend you book on our Dolphin Eco Experience cruise. All the...More

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