Discover the Bay

Experience the spectacular scenery in an area rich in culture and history. Encounter diverse wildlife in their natural surroundings. Explore the Bay of Islands with us...

Until 21st October 2016 this cruise is combined with the Dolphin Discovery cruise. From 22nd October you can enjoy the Dolphin Discovery cruise as a seperate experience.


  • Island lunch at Explore's Otehei Bay during your stop at Urupukapuka Island, weather permitting

  • Cruising among the 144 islands with skipper's commentary

  • Viewing marine mammals (Dolphins, Orcas or Whales) on over 90% of our trips with a lifetime viewing guarantee. We limit capacity to 80% to keep our trips photo friendly

  • A visit to the iconic Hole in the Rock and when conditions permit, travel through it

  • A free Russell Happy Ferry ticket to return from Russell to Paihia at a later time if you choose.

Absorb Urupukapuka Island's rich and long history at the Otehei Bay Island Conservation Centre. Also learn about the restorative work of Project Island Song to return native bird life back to the Bay.


Need to know:

  • A portion of your fare contributes to marine mammal research and conservation.
  • Wear a light jacket and flat soled shoes
  • Bring your camera
  • Check in for your trip 15 minutes prior to departure
  • Fully licensed bar onboard for drinks and light snacks
  • This trip is suitable for children
  • Lifejackets will be supplied in the event of an emergency

Where to find us

Corner of Marsden & Williams Roads
Paihia, Bay of Islands

0800 365 744
(NZ calls only)

We are excited to release our new app for our two flagship products, the America's Cup Sailing Experience in Auckland and Discover the Bay 'Hole in the Rock' cruise in the Bay of Islands. The app is also bilingual, featuring English and Chinese.

The app is available now for both Apple or Android devices.

iTunes or Google Play

With the app downloaded you can explore at your leisure before, during and after your experience without an internet connection. You can browse the app in real time on board the trip and use the handy built-in map as you travel past points of interest. With extended info on the history of the region, along with photos of the key points along the way. Click on the map markers to see what is coming up, or to revisit something you've already discovered.