Our skipper was fabulous with tons of information given!! It was very rough the day we went out so the people outside got wet! I would recommend taking a seasickness pill before venturing out. The lunch at the bay was wonderful! We were lucky enough to see some dolphins as we were heading back to port. I would highly recommend this trip!
We really enjoyed this tour. The Captain was informative and easy to understand. Unfortunately the water was too rough to get through the hole in the rock, but the Captain got us unbelievably close. The company pledges that if you do not see aquatic mammals they will offer a free voucher for another time. We did not see any and one of the crew began to fill out the vouchers for everyone. At the last minute on the way back we came across a large pod of dolphins including a baby dolphins. Highly recommended!!
This was a great tour. Boat was clean, crew were very friendly and helpful. We spotted dolphins and were able watch them for about 10 minutes before touring around the islands. The narration was very informative and going thru the hole in the rock was fun. The lunch was really good - lots of variety and filling. It was cooler weather the day we were there so not warm enough to get in the water but we very much enjoyed walking up to the highest point to get a 360 view of the bay and islands. There were sheep all over the hillside with their babies so that was kinda cool to walk along the trail and have the sheep roaming around us nearby. We had about 1.5 hours on the island before boarding the boat again. We were able to be dropped off in Russell so we could spend some time looking around there - the crew was very helpful in making sure we knew which ferry to use to get back to Paihia and the departure times, etc. We sat up top the 1st part of the tour but moved down to the back of the boat for the last part - we enjoyed sitting on the back - less wind, less crowded and good views. Would definitely recommend this tour!
This trip was a lot of fun, the day we were booked to go we discovered it was going to rain. We went into the office and asked if we could change our day, no problem, the girl on the desk checked the coastal weather chart and changed our day there and then. An amazing day good commentary and at the BBQ stop of the captain came around and spoke to everyone asking if we had any questions or recommendations etc. - a memorable day.
We arrived by ship and needed to catch a tender to go ashore. Lots of fog and didn't get off the ship until late and missed this excursion.
I rang the company and talked to the lovely Jewels who was fantastic. When we arrived late and our original excursion had left, they had arranged a smaller trip for us at a later time out to the same place The Hole in Rock but with a bit more thrill. My wife and I had the best time ever.
This company is fantastic, thank you again, we enjoyed our day with you and highly recommend you to all our friends.
This is the boat cruise to do in Paihia to the Hole in the Rock. The commentary was great and the captain seems to know quite a bit and had some interesting, thought provoking comments on the dolphins the ones in captivity. Unfortunately, we were unable to go through the hole in the rock as the seas were too rough but this made for a more adventurous journey. The BBQ lunch was great and in a really great setting with a great view. What more can I say. GREAT.
Absolutely recommend this tour! The pictures do not do it justice. The tour weaves through the Bay of Islands with the opportunity to see dolphins, and we even got a glimpse of a whale! We were fortunate to have a calm day and travel through the Hole in the Rock, which was fantastic. The captain is very knowledgeable and ensures that all passengers have a chance to take pictures. The stop in Otehei Bay was fabulous - there are short hikes to the top of the hill where you can see the islands from above. Lunch and coffee is also served, which exceeded expectations!