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“Dolphins! Dolphins! Dolphins!”

Explore - Discover the Bay
Ranked #10 of 49 Tours in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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…
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 reviews
“Dolphins! Dolphins! Dolphins!”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Amazing half-day trip around Bay of Islands with spectacular views, excellent commentary and dolphins, dolphins, dolphins!!
Pack your togs if you want to swim at the island stop and take some snacks because the bar is a bit expensive.

Some complementary tea/drink would have been appreciated with the $100 spend.

Visited April 2014
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic trip”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

Fantastic afternoon on the big yellow and black cat, saw dolphins,not once but three times. Gavin went out if his way to make sure we had the best up close and personal experience, these mammals are breath taking! Also saw a sea lion, did the hole in the rock and stop on Urupukapuka island. Amazing 360 degree view of the Islands, spectacular! Great commentary from the skipper on wildlife, history and points of interest on the area. A great experience.
Gavin the captain went out of his way to make sure everyone felt like they had had an amazing experience, he had a great sense of humour.
I would highly recommend these guys over other cruises on offer, go Explore with the Big a Yellow Cat.

Visited April 2014
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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417 reviews
125 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
“Great afternoon in the Bay”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

The trip covers everything you would want to see in the Bay of Islands and we were lucky enough to also come across a large pod of dolphins feeding (the company say that you can go back again if you don't see dolphins on your first trip) The skipper keeps a very interesting commentary going throughout the trip and clearly has a great knowledge of the area. You can also go onto the bridge and see how the boat is sailed and have a chat with the skipper (well worth doing) Definitely worth considering but don't pay full price as nearly all accommodation in Paihia will have vouchers for money off on this attraction

Visited March 2014
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Adelaide, Australia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Go Go go”
Reviewed 21 April 2014

Wonderful experience in the Bay of Islands. Cruising amongst the islands spotting dolphins, unfortunately no Orcas or Whales that day, but you'd have to be pretty lucky to spot them, and then out to the Hole In The Rock at the end of Cape Brett.Wonderful crew, and the captain has a great sense of humour.Also a short stop over on one of the island son the way back, just to top the day off.

Visited April 2014
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Auckland
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic experience!!”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

I had an amazing 4 1/2 hour boat cruise with these guys!! We headed out to Urukapuka Island to take a beautiful walk, on the way we saw two pods of dolphins and had some amazing commentaries.

We then visited 'Hole in the Rock', this place is stunning, unfortunately, although the weather was nice it was too choppy to go through.

I had a brilliant time and wish the team all the best, good job!

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