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The Glass Bottom Boat in Whitianga has been delivering quality scenic tours on the Coromandel Peninsula since 1992. The many years of operating has allowed us to fine tune our tour to provide an unforgettable experience.

Why choose us:

  • Very highly ranked on Trip Adviser, voted #1 Coromandel Boat Tour and #2 must do boat activity in New Zealand.
  • The only Coromandel Boat Tour to give you a window to the underwater life with the option to snorkel with what you see.
  • Professional and friendly skippers and crew have extensive knowledge of the area and will provide you with a fun and exhilarating tour.
  • The only boat with two crew to assist you during the tour (over the summer months).
  • Our purpose built vessel is the optimum is passenger comfort and safety. Enjoy the comfort of our cabin keeping you protected from the sun or any weather conditions.
  • The only vessel without designated seating, allowing you to get up and move around the boat as pleased.
  • Our mammal watch permit allows us to get up close and personal with any dolphins, orcas or seals we come across during the tour.
Mark and Hayley

Mark and Hayley

Owners

Mark and Hayley have always had a passion for the ocean, which is why they have always worked in marine tourism. They met in Exmouth WA, when working for a whale shark snorkelling and diving company. Mark and Hayley were lucky enough to then start travelling the world working for many different marine tourism companies and enjoying the diving life. This includes humpback whale tours in Tonga and Exmouth, Diving in Canada and other places in New Zealand. Mark is a qualified skipper, with many years of experience and has completed his marine biology degree in the Bay Of Plenty. Make sure to ask him all your tricky questions.

Hayley is the office manager in the booking office and a guide on the boat over the summer. She has completed several marine tourism and safety courses in Australia.

Their love for the area and passion for the ocean is what bought them to live in Whitianga and they thoroughly enjoy taking people out to experience some of the best coastline in the world! They truly believe the Glass Bottom Boat is the number 1 Whitianga boat tour and is the only way to explore Cathedral Cove and the marine reserve, as you get to explore what lies above and below the surface. They welcome you to jump onboard.

Tony Beamish

Tony Beamish

Skipper

Tony is an experienced skipper and joined the Glass Bottom Boat team in 2014. Tony has a great time showing guests our stunning coast which he calls his backyard. His caring and friendly nature ensures that everyone on the cruise goes away with a great experience. He has lived in Mercury Bay for over 20 years and during that time has spend many days either on or under the water.

Joe Kelsall

Joe Kelsall

Skipper

With over 20yrs of experience on the water world wide, Joe has decided to return home and join the Glass Bottom Boat team. Joe loves to be on the water and when you meet him, his passion is obvious. Get ready for a giggle when you board with Joe, he is fun, laid back and loves to chat.

Fraser Oram

Fraser Oram

Skipper

Fraser has worked for the Glass Bottom Boat as a crew member for many seasons before heading overseas. After working around the world on boats and as a dive instructor he has returned home and completed his skippers ticket. Now he is behind the wheel and loves showing everyone the coast he grew up on. Fraser is also doing his degree in Tourism Management so is highly qualified to show our guest a great time.

Angela Price

Angela Price

Booking Office

Angela and her family have lived in Whitianga since 1999, but has visited the Coromandel from when she was a child. She has extensive knowledge of the Coromandel and loves to offer information on the area. Angela works in our booking office on Monk Street in Whitianga. Her bubbly personality will make your booking experience a delight and you might even get some good local tips from her too.

Rod Goodlet

Skipper

Rod had been a professional skipper for many years. After running his own fishing tour he decided to join the Glass Bottom Boat team. Rod went from fisherman to fish protector in the marine reserve and his favourite part of the trip was showing all the guest “his” fish. Unfortunately Rod is no longer with us but he continues guide our trips and send amazing marine life our way. His memories remain as his jokes and tales are still shared daily.

Seafari Fleet

Whitianga Glass Bottom Boat

Our custom built vessels are spacious, comfortable and packed with many up to to date safety features. Built by Stabi-Craft, who have a reputation for building safe vessel with great stability and are great in all conditions. The pontoon hulls are an extensive safety feature making the vessel virtually unsinkable and a leading design in boat building, which is why it is widely used by Coast Guard.

The glass panels are fitted into our v shaped hull allowing the ride to be smooth, stable and fast when travelling distances. Both vessels are equipped with ladders to make getting on and off the vessel when swimming or snorkeling nice and easy.

The comfortable panel seats are along the side of the vessel making the deck nice and spacious, plus allows for passengers to move around the vessel to get the ultimate view and photos.

The cabin is there to protect you from the New Zealand sun and any other weather conditions that we may face. The back of the vessel is open and the large viewing windows make taking photos or enjoying the amazing Coromandel scenery very easy.

Both vessels are safe ship certified and carry all safety equipment required.