The following day, I went aboard a King's boat that took us on an awesome tour of the Bay of Islands. Paihia, the beach town I?ve grown to love these past few days, is situated in the Bay of Islands. To start the day, the captain took us to see some dolphins. The tour offered a swim with them, but since there were a few young ones on the pack we were not allowed to do that. It was ok though because seeing them in the wild was as good as swimming with them, specially seeing that baby dolphin!
While in the glorious Bay of Islands one thing you must do is go Dolphin watching. The trip is definately worth the NZD $95.00 that it cost us to go.
The boat we were aboard takes you from Paihia and travels out into the harbour and into deep water looking for dolphins. There are a few companies that operate Dolphin cruises and are in competition with each other off the water, but once out in the bay fishermen, private pleasure craft and dolphin criuse companies all work together to find dolphins to give you the best chance to find them. On our cruise we saw both Common and Bottlenose Dolphins. The Common Dolphins were out in deep blue water heading south at a fair speed and we followed this pod for a fair distance with the dolphins riding in our bow waves. Then we cruised in land and spotted a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins close to shore in about 4 meters of water. These Bottlenosed Dolphins are about 3 times bigger than common dolphins and were a lot more playful jumping out of the water and playing games with the boat.
Also after spending four hours on the water watching Dolphins we were dropped off at Urupukapuka Island where we stayed for the afternoon exploring the Island.
A 4 hour cruise. You get up close and personal with the dolphins. Weather permitting you can actually swim with the dolphins. If not they swim along under the boat and you can lean right over the front practically touching the water