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Explore - Discover the Bay

#8 of 52 Tours in Paihia
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Address: Cnr Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia 0200, New Zealand
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Explore the best of the Bay of Islands. Encounter diverse wildlife,...

Explore the best of the Bay of Islands. Encounter diverse wildlife, spectacular scenery and the rich culture and history of the region. Be immersed in the story of the Bay…

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Fun half day out on the water

The boat was a good size with plenty of room for sitting inside or standing/sitting on the decks. It had toilets onboard. You also got a stop at an island about three quarters... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
TerryH30
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Adelaide, Australia

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked the Dolphin Discovery cruise as we were informed it was a smaller boat with alot less people. We opted for the early morning cruise. When we got on the boat i could see there were alot of seats crammed in as well as seating on the sides. It quickly filled to capacity and we set off. After searching... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The boat was a good size with plenty of room for sitting inside or standing/sitting on the decks. It had toilets onboard. You also got a stop at an island about three quarters of the way through the trip for a bbq and explore. One of the highlights was floating through the hole in the rock. We say some dolphins... More 

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Thank TerryH30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We've done a few different cruises with various operators...this one was the best by far! We took the kids and all enjoyed it. Commentary and trip all they way out the hole in the Rock...and actually through it this time. Every other time we've gone out its been too rough! Great value with BBQ lunch included and stopover at Urupukapuka... More 

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Thank lenaf_NZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful trip - saw Dolphins (included one only 14 days old! A shoal of blue Mahi Mahi fish, Sun fish. Then navigating on through the Hole in the Rock before eating a great BBQ on Otehei Bay. Thoroughly enjoyable trip

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Thank Mumsie42
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a great half day on the discover the bay tour. The hole in the rock was impressive, staff great and commentary good. We did see dolphins! However they didn't get to close to the boat. Hopefully you have more luck than I did. The island they take you to for lunch is lovely. I would suggest staying there... More 

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Haifa District, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip was well organized with a very helpful and friendly staff. We enjoyed the ferry ride to Urupukapuka and the barge trip to Moturua Island. The packed lunch was generous and delicious.

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Llantwit Major, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked the full day tour and left Paihia around 9. As others have noted, the company does not overcrowd the boat. We got to see dolphins swimming and jumping close to the boat, as well as large schools of fish swimming near the surface near the Hole in the Rock - fantastic. The barbecue lunch at Otehei Bay was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice day out on the water - partly cloudy slightly windy, got to see dolphins (with babies) within the first 1/2 hour being out on the water, were able to drive through the hole in the rock and saw a really cool bird/fish feeding frenzy. Our guide pointed out some really cool things along the trip. Lunch was good.... More 

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Timaru, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seeing the hole in rock was great. I believe some trips cannot travel through it if water or weather rough - so be prepared as you may only view it. We were fortunate to travel through. My only complaint about the trip is that we could not hear the public address system when sitting on the deck.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did a lot of research before choosing Explore for our excursion of the Bay of Islands and out to Cape Brett. The reason I chose this company is that their catamaran takes a maximum of around 60 - some of the other tours take several times that number. Explore also includes picnic lunch, (some others don't) and guarantee you... More 

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