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Dolphin Discoveries, Explore NZ, Bay of Islands

Dolphin watching guaranteed.

If dolphins are not seen, a voucher will be given to come again for free

Swim with Dolphins NZ while on Explore NZ’s Bay of Islands Cruise or Hole in the Rock Cruise. Experience Dolphin Discoveries’ high speed luxury catamarans, the ultimate dolphin eco-adventure with easy access to the water.

Dolphin Discoveries is a multi-award winning company, recognised for its commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism in the local community and New Zealand.

Our staff are the most valuable asset and arguably the most experienced in the Bay. With their input and enthusiasm Dolphin Discoveries has completed a number of extraordinary initiatives including converting to bio-fuel (a first for New Zealand), major support for Project Island Song and Project Kiwi Care, pioneering swimming with dolphins, achieving Qualmark Enviro-Gold and many more.

With the management and local ownership, Dolphin Discoveries is comparably the longest serving major operator in the Bay of Islands with family connection to the Bay spanning generations.

We look forward to meeting and sharing our Bay of Islands experience with you.

All of the islands of the eastern Bay of Islands (Ipipiri) are now rat-, mouse- and stoat-free, including Urupukapuka Island.

Many hours and money has been spent to get them to this stage; more will be spent in the future to keep them pest-free. Before too long the islands of the Bay will be filled with the songs of birds that once lived there.

But – these islands are vulnerable to reinvasion, especially as they are within rat-swimming distance of the mainland.

Before you travel with Explore NZ to visit these beautiful islands, please take time to download and read the Stop, Check and Go pdf brochure here>> or visit the Project Island Song web site or Department of Conservation web site.

Discover the Bay ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise
Join us for the ultimate Bay of Islands experience. You will visit the world famous ‘Hole in the Rock’, see an abundance of marine mammals and wildlife and learn of the rich history and culture whilst cruising amongst the 144 stunning islands.

Swim with the Dolphins
You can swim alongside dolphins in the beautiful Bay of Islands, Northland (conditions permitting). The ultimate dolphin eco-adventure aboard our high speed luxury catamaran, with easy access to the water.

Dolphin/Sail Adventure Combo
Swim with the Dolphins cruise in the morning, then lunch and off for a sail on Lion New Zealand for the rest of the day whilst you enjoy the beautiful and historic Bay of Islands.

Ocean Adventure
Ocean Extreme is a fast RIB, designed specifically to speed through open water and go offshore jumping waves, giving you a once in a lifetime experience you will never forget!

Maori Living Today
Experience an authentic Maori community who will share their home, food and stories with you. Learn their customs and gain a greater understanding of Maori living today!