Hole in the Rock dolphin cruise, Bay of Islands, North Island

Hole in the Rock dolphin cruise, Bay of Islands, North Island

Set off in search of dolphins, whales and the eye-popping Hole in the Rock on this half-day cruise around the Bay of Islands. The Dolphin Seeker catamaran will whisk you to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, where you can gawp admiringly at the famous Hole in the Rock on Motu Kōkako Island. Māori warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before setting off for battle; if drops of water from the cave roof above fell on them, it was a good omen for the fight ahead. If the weather allows it, your skipper will navigate the Dolphin Seeker through the narrow space (if drops fall on your head, your enemies are done for).

The crew are pros at spotting dolphins and other marine life; if conditions allow it, you can borrow a wetsuit and swim alongside the dolphins (an extra $15 a person). In season, the boat stops at beautiful Urupukapuka Island, where you can laze on the sand or stroll to the top of the island to take in the 360-degree views. You’ll also be given a free ferry ticket in case you want to explore Paihia or Russell. In the unlikely event that your final dolphin-count totals zero, you’ll be given a free voucher to use on another cruise.

Useful info
– The departure point is Paihia/Russell wharf
– Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a camera
– You’ll need a towel and swimmers if you want to dive in
– Your skipper will provide commentary (multilingual translator units can be pre-booked)
– Picnic lunches can be pre-ordered (at an extra cost)

Read more: http://www.newzealand.com/uk/plan/business/hole-in-the-rockdolphin-cruise-fullers-greatsights-bay-of-islands/
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