All about the Dolphin Encounter Bay Of Islands

Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands on a half-day cruise and swim with dolphins (if conditions permit) on this full day sightseeing tour.

Some say swimming with dolphins is a life-changing experience. This return tour from Paihia gives you the chance to get into the water with these amazing creatures and swim alongside as they play in their natural environment (conditions permitting). You'll also cruise the many secluded islands of the Bay and gain an insight into this historically significant region.

Dolphin Encounter Bay Of Islands Itinerary - days

  • Day 1 Dolphin Discovery
    Scenic picturesque islands while searching for dolphins.
    Lifetime Marine Mammal Viewing Guarantee.
    Mask, snorkel, fins and a wetsuit provided.
    After swimming, showers are available on board.
    Full commentary from our knowledgeable local skippers.
    Comfortable travel on our black and yellow power cat, purpose built for dolphin viewing with observation decks and large side opening windows.
    Safe access to and from the water for all swimmers.
    If time permits, you will also visit majestic Otehei Bay and perhaps extend your island time and return on one of our many later ferries - at no extra cost!
    *Once we find a pod of dolphins, Department of Conservation regulations will determine whether a swim is possible. Swimming is optional however you need to be 8 years and over and a confident swimmer in the open water.

    Remember your swimming gear and towel.

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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

If you do not get to see dolphins you will get a non-transferable voucher to come again for free. This is not a money back offer.
A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation.
Bring your togs, towel, and camera.
Sunscreen, sunglasses and a sunhat are a must in summer months
Check-in for your trip 15 minutes prior to departure
This trip is suitable for children
Lifejackets will be supplied in the event of an emergency
A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation

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