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  • Price and Departure
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Dolphin Eco Experience Swim with Dolphins, Fullers GreatSights Bay of Islands, New ZealandSome say interaction with wild dolphins is a life changing experience. This half day cruise gives you the chance to swim with these amazing creatures.

Seeks out the many playful dolphins within the sheltered waters of the Bay. An incredible opportunity to swim with dolphins in their natural environment. Jump into the warmest waters in New Zealand and snorkel with these majestic and inquisitive creatures - an experience you will never forget!

Our purpose built dolphin vessel gets you closer - with a low viewing deck, water jet engines, underwater microphone and experienced crew with an intimate knowledge of dolphin behavior. With a maximum number of 35 passengers onboard it means that this is a very upclose and personal experience.

Note: Swimming with dolphins optional $30 per person. You must be a confident swimmer. Wetsuits and snorkelling gear supplied free of charge. Dolphin viewing and swimming are subject to the Department of Conservation's’ rules and regulations and the skipper’s discretion.

Lifetime Dolphin Viewing Guarantee - In the unlikely event we are unsuccessful in viewing dolphins or whales on your trip, we will offer you a ‘go again for free’ voucher for another Dolphin Eco Experience (subject to availability).


This cruise operates NZ summer months only.

Highlights Include:

  • Swimming with dolphins in their natural environment (conditions permitting)
  • Department of Conservation dolphin & whale viewing and dolphin swim licence
  • Informative and educational commentary
  • Purpose built vessel - lowest viewing decks in the Bay
  • Dolphin viewing guarantee
Price and Departure
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Prices: Adult NZ $122.00 Child & Infant NZ $61.00
To swim with Dolphins additional $30 per person
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Departures: twice daily summer only
8:00 am & 12:30 pm, Russell 8:10 am & 12:40 pm

Departure Points: Paihia - the wharf next to the Maritime Building waterfront
Russell - the wharf waterfront

Durations: Half day (aprox. 4 hour) cruise

Commentary: A full English commentary is provided by the skipper. Printed guide sheets are available in German, Japanese and Mandarin.

What to bring: Towel, swimming gear, sunhat, sunblock and warm clothes. Wear your swimsuit under your clothes for convenient changing.

Equipment: Wetsuits and snorkelling gear are supplied free of charge


  • Prices stated above are in NZ dollars and incl. GST
  • Departures and itineraries are subject to availability and weather conditions
  • Children’s fares - 14 years and under
    Infants - 5 years and under. No charge applies when not occupying a seat
    (this excludes Dolphin Eco Experience where a child fare applies)
  • Entry fees and meals are not included except where stated
  • Non-smoking on board Fullers GreatSights vessels or coaches