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Explore - Bay of Islands

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Address: Corner of Marsden & Williams Roads, Paihia, New Zealand
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Combine a morning encounter with dolphins on our Swim with the Dolphins...

Combine a morning encounter with dolphins on our Swim with the Dolphins cruise and an afternoon sailing the legendary maxi yacht Lion New Zealand...

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Urupukapuka Island- Otehei Bay

Our first trip on board the fast, comfortable ferry was wonderful. A summer day with a few hours to spare. What could be nicer than arriving at a beautiful pest free island for a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Don L
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Wellington, New Zealand

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first trip on board the fast, comfortable ferry was wonderful. A summer day with a few hours to spare. What could be nicer than arriving at a beautiful pest free island for a swim and wade around, lunch in the cafe or out under the umbrellas and a lazy hour or so in a beanbag watching the clouds and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite a long trip around the Bay of Islands but as the boat was fast it was great. Stopped to see a school of dolphins - with two young as well - having fun around us just like on the TV. Made more special due to the skipper's knowledgeable commentary in which his fondness for the dolphins and all things... More 

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nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Kia Ora John! Sounds like you had a great day out on the water! We are quite lucky to have 2 beautiful little calves(baby) dolphins born in the Bay of Islands. Also great to see you got for a paddle, the water out at Otehei Bay is stunning. We wish you well on the rest of your travels around New... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately the winds were too strong and the sea too rough to go all the way to Hole in The Wall but still had a great cruise. Went around several islands, saw the dolphins and had a lovely lunch on an island. Captain and staff were great. Excellent commentary and very efficient. Not too crowded so could sit inside and... More 

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nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Hi, Sue. Thank you for taking the time to review your cruise with us. Yes at times if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction it can make it hard to get out to the Hole in the Rock, we are glad that you got to see dolphins and enjoyed lunch out on the beautiful Urupukapuka Island at Otehei... More 

Timmins, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We enjoyed the half day cruise in the afternoon. We saw lots of dolphins, sailed through the Hole in the Rock & stopped at a beach for snacks. It was all good. recommended!

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nzl4041, Sales Executive - BAY OF ISLANDs at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Kia Ora Barry, Thank you for taking the time to review your cruise. We are glad you had a great afternoon. The Bay of Islands is an amazing place to visit especially out on the water. Enjoy the rest of your travels. Kind Regards, Explore Group Team. More 

Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We booked on a dolphin-watching/swim with the dolphins tour in early Jan. They do make it very clear you may not swim with the dolphins, however what they do not say is that in summer months this us highly unlikely as one of the main reasons you can't swim is if the pods have babies with them. Well summer is... More 

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nzl4041, Sales Executive - Bay of Islands at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for posting your review. Whilst summer is a popular month for young calves(babies) to be born, we do search for the teenagers who often split away from the main pods to play. As these are wild dolphins we are at the complete mercy of nature, and also the government rules surrounding swimming with dolphins. We are glad... More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We recently went on Explore from Paihia to Otehei Bay, a beautiful island with fantastic views from many vantage points. It was a stunning summer day but the ride over wasn't that comfortable. The boat is incredibly noisy, initially sitting downstairs we had to move outside as the noise from the motor was deafening. Even outside we had to yell... More 

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nzl4041, Sales Executive at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Unfortunately, we are unable to control the weather, we don't operate if the conditions are unsafe, we consider customer comfort as a priority. The engine noise has been attended to we have added insulation to low the noise you talk of, our crew work hard and professionally, as the crews... More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We took a 4 hour cruise with this company out on Otehei Bay to the'hole in the rock' , viewing many dolphins and seals along the way. Good commentary en route and the company are obviously very eco aware . We had a nice day and were meant to go through the 'Hole in the Rock 'but unfortunately water was... More 

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Braunschweig, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Went on the Dolphin cruise, saw a few which was great. Swimming with them however didnt work. Had a great time at otehei bay as well.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

We saw heaps of dolphins on our gorgeous tour of the Bay of Islands, out to the Hole in the Rock. Our captain was very knowledgeable of the area, pointing out different historical locations and telling stories. Make sure to take the walk up one of the islands - the views were just amazing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

We had an incredible trip seeing the hole in the rock - all the wildlife and beautiful and beautiful Islands.. The trip is very informative and is so worth a trip. We unfortunately didn't see the Dolphins on the first trip but on the second trip which they let us on for free we saw them and it was incredible.... More 

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