from excursion departure wharves at Paihia and Russell. Summer season
(October to April) 8.00am and 12.30pm from Paihia, 8.10am and 12.40pm
from Russell. Winter season (May to September) 8.00am from Paihia and
8.10am from Russell.
4 hours. Clients on summer season morning departures only may opt for
a free afternoon on Urupukapuka Island, returning to Paihia at 5.30pm
your fast, water jet propelled catamaran and go in search of the Bottlenose
and common dolphin which frequent the Bay of Islands. Watch them play
and, if conditions are right, join them for a swim. Fullers has a better
than 90 per cent success rate in seeing dolphins. Orca (killer whales),
Minke and Brydes whales are frequently seen at different times of the
Call at Urupukapuka
Island after your swim for a hot shower and a complimentary hot drink.
on water jet powered catamaran. Swim with dolphins (provided conditions
are suitable). Use of snorkel, goggles, fins and wetsuit when required.
Optional souvenir swim video at extra charge. Knowledgeable crew to
answer questions. Stop at Urupukapuka Island for a hot shower and complimentary
hot drink after swim. Clients on morning departures in the summer season
can stay on the island without charge until late afternoon.
Northland Dolphin Encounters find dolphin on more than 90 per cent of
trips. If you do not see a dolphin or a whale, you will receive a free
ticket on another trip. The company operates a water jet propelled catamaran
as it is less intrusive than propeller power and safer for dolphins
and swimmers. When you find a pod of dolphins the boat's skipper will
decide, following strict guidelines, whether conditions are right for
you to join them in the water. You will be provided a snorkel, goggles,
swim fins and, if it is cold, a wetsuit. The catamaran is fitted with
underwater microphones so you can hear the dolphins 'talk'.
It is an
incredible experience to swim close to the dolphins and watch their behavior
below and above the water. The crew is responsible for ensuring your being
in the water will not stress or harm these beautiful mammals. They may
be feeding or have youngsters whose bond with their mother may be broken.
There cannot be a guarantee you will be allowed to swim. As a bonus, there
is a good chance you will see a whale. Brydes whales and orcas are seen
frequently at different times of the year. Several other species are sighted
Wear a swimsuit
under normal clothing and bring a towel, sunglasses, sunscreen and something
warm to wear.
who choose to extend their morning trip on Urupukapuka Island, there is
a cafe serving meals and wines, several well marked walking trails featuring
Maori archeological sites, and many sandy beaches.
There is no guarantee clients will be allowed to swim with dolphins.
If you wish to swim, you should be confident and competent in the water.
Clients who do not see a dolphin or a whale will receive a free, but
non-transferable, voucher for another trip.