Hop onboard the top Coromandel scenic cruise to explore one of the worlds most stunning piece of coastline.
Visit Cathedral Cove, sea caves, volcanic rock formations and pinnacles plus the marine reserve. The only tour that can show you a clear view of the marine life along the coast.
What sets us above the rest is that we can take you below to show you what lives in the marine reserve. Sit back and watch the awesome marine life through the glass panels or take the plunge and snorkel amongst the fish.
Departing Daily from the Whitianga Wharf
Pick up from the Ferry Landing wharf can be organised.
During the tour you will learn how the cliffs were formed and how it got its name. The geology and history of the cliff is fascinating! The boat will stop long enough for you to get photos of the amazing features of the cliff. Look out for our million year old pot plant and try spot the man looking out to sea. If you have the time to spare either before or after your Whitianga boat tour then go to the look out on the top of the cliff that offers stunning views of Mercury Bay.
Cooks Beach and Blowhole
Learn a piece of New Zealand’s history while getting up close to an amazing blow hole and view the stunning long white shores of Cooks Beach.
Cooks Beach is one of New Zealand’s most popular beaches. Over summer it is full of holiday makers enjoying the stunning surroundings. Cooks Beach holds a piece of history with Captain Cook’s visit. The crew will inform you on the tour. The blowhole at the end of the beach is a fantastic site to see and as you will notice its a popular spot for swimming. In Cooks Beach there are a couple of awesome wineries that offer tastings and great lunch options
Once inside the Te-Whanganui-A-Hei marine reserve we head straight to Cathedral Cove. We can get nice and close to the cove and explore the bays on each side. Learn how the Cathedral Cove was formed and witness the beauty of the cove and surrounding beaches. Cathedral Cove is very famous and has appeared in many different movies and music videos. Our crew will keep you informed during the tour and are happy to let you move around the boat and help take the perfect photo of you in front of Cathedral Cove.
The volcanic rock formations in Champagne bay are absolutely stunning. Millions of years of being exposed by the open ocean have shaped these fantastic formations. The boat will get you close to the cliff face, caves and pinnacles. There are many interesting features along this stretch of coast, which the crew will point out on the tour. Below the surface is just as interesting as there are different species of marine creatures to spot. Keep you eyes out for stingrays and marine mammals.
Orua Sea Cave
Measuring over 15m high and 15m deep, this sea cave is breath taking. When conditions are right the boat will cruise into the cave. Make sure you look up and see the stunning colours on the ceiling. Also look down and see what lives inside the cave. On the cruise to the cave keep your eyes peeled for different species of sea birds that can usually be seen diving along the coast.
Gemstone Bay is the home to the snorkel trail in the marine reserve. Since 1992 this area has been protected and now is full of snapper and other marine species. The fish will swim right past the glass and is fantastic to watch. This is one of our popular snorkel spots where you can hop in for a snorkel and be surrounded by fish. Keep your eyes out for crayfish hiding under the rocks and snorkelers swimming under the boat.
Dolphins and Orcas
Although there are no resident pods of dolphins and orca, we do encounter them passing through all year round. We are one of the only companies in the area with a marine mammal watch permit, which allows us to spend time with any mammals spotted. To see a dolphin or orca swim under the glass is a spectacular site.
During the tour the crew will point out to you all the different marine life that is seen. Blue penguins are a common site on the tour so look out for the little penguins chilling out on the surface. Fur seals are found bathing on the rocky outcrops in the marine reserve in the winter months (May-September). There are many different species of marine birds that can be found along the coast. Keep the camera ready because diving gannets is an amazing site to see.
Sit back and watch the marine life through the glass
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16 Monk Street, Whitianga, New Zealand.
07 867 1962
The only tour to explore ABOVE and BELOW the surface
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