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Bay of Islands Day Tour: Swim with Dolphins Cruise + Lunch AKL-AKL GS9D (0730 - 2010)

Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands on an eco cruise and swim with dolphins on this full day sightseeing tour.

Some say swimming with dolphins is a life-changing experience. This return tour from Auckland 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)..

Leaving Auckland, travel north on a GreatSights luxury coach, passing through lush green farmland and native bush as your driver guide points out scenic highlights and shares stories about local history. Arrive in the seaside town of Paihia for your chance to swim with wild dolphins.

This half-day cruise seeks out the many playful common and bottlenose dolphins within the sheltered waters of the Bay. Keep an eye out for other marine life as well, including whales, penguins and seals as you cruise around the islands. Our experienced crew have an intimate knowledge of dolphin behaviour – join them in searching for those tell-tale splashes from our purpose-built dolphin watching boat .

Enjoy a picnic-style lunch as you cruise, and if conditions permit, jump into the warmest waters in New Zealand and snorkel with these graceful and inquisitive creatures – it'll be an experience you will never forget!

At the conclusion of your dolphin cruise you will re-board your coach for the return journey to Auckland.

Useful info: In the unlikely event we are unsuccessful in viewing dolphins or whales on your trip, we will offer you a 'go again for free' voucher for another Dolphin swim cruise (subject to availability). Swimming with dolphins in the wild is subject to the Department of Conservation's rules and regulations and the skipper's discretion. Snorkels, masks, fins and wetsuits are provided. All passengers who wish to swim with dolphins must be comfortable swimming in open water. If you are unsure, please consult with our team during booking.

Tour details:

  • Full day tour
  • Operates daily
  • Departs and returns: Sky City Coach Terminal

Tour details:

  • Return coach travel from Auckland
  • Bay of Islands cruise
  • Dolphin and whale watching
  • Swim with dolphins (conditions permitting)
  • Picnic-style lunch

Free WiFi available on board GreatSights coach

Bay of Islands Day Tour: Swim with Dolphins Cruise + Lunch
Sat 30 May
Sun 31 May
Mon 01 Jun
Tue 02 Jun
Wed 03 Jun
Thu 04 Jun
Fri 05 Jun
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