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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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Bay of Islands - Hole in the Rock cruise

We really had a great time on this tour. The only thing I would change about it is having less people on the boat. Even though there were seats inside, you really want to be... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kevin G

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We really had a great time on this tour. The only thing I would change about it is having less people on the boat. Even though there were seats inside, you really want to be sitting on the top outside deck to catch all of the amazing views. On our way out to the Hole in the Rock, we went... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

1.30pm left the wharf and we were on the dolphins in about 10 minutes spent about 20 minutes moving between a few pods of dolphins. The boat Discovery 4 - a large catamaran was very comfortable and very quick. Gary the captain gave us a good Kiwi commentary as we went showing us various bays and coastline and some history... More 

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nzl4041, Guest Relations Manager at Explore - Bay of Islands, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to review your Discover the Bay cruise on board our premium catamaran Discovery 4. We are glad you enjoyed the great service of our local skippers who love showing guest their back yard. Wishing you well on the rest of your travels, Explore Group Team. More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This tour was perfect for me for many reasons. I wanted to feel New Zealand not just see it. It was a comfortable 10 am start (pick up at my accommodation in Paihia) by my professional and richly experienced tour guide (Koro) who is also Maori and a local and provided insight/information and introductions to other interesting locals. One unforgettable... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

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

Hi Don L, We are glad you enjoyed the ferry service our to Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island. It truly is an amazing destination, and a very relaxing place to spend the day. Thanks again for the awesome review, we hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Explore Group Team. More 

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

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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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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Reviewed 28 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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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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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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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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