Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga

NZD$95 Per adult

Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga

Come aboard the Glass Bottom Boat for a unique two hour eco adventure to Cathedral Cove and the surrounding marine reserve.

Our vessels are fitted with 2 glass bottom viewing windows to view the abundant marine life up close. For the more adventurous, we provide snorkel equipment at no extra charge, which is a popular choice in summer!

Take in the breathtaking scenery of the volcanic coastline as we enter into the spectacular Orua sea cave and learn about the local history and Maori culture.

We also have a marine mammal watch permit to view dolphins, seals, penguins and orcas when they take time out of their busy schedule to visit us.

Activity Options

Coromandel Scenic Cruise

  • Explore on the the world’s most stunning pieces of coastline
  • Cathedral Cove, sea caves, volcanic rock formations and pinnacles
  • Marine reserve above and below the surface
  • Either stay on board to view wildlife or hop in the water and snorkel to get a close up experience!

Snorkelling Trail

  • A snorkeling trail has been set up at the marine reserve to encourage swimmers to explore the marine life. The snorkelling opportunities are outstanding, especially at Gemstone Bay and the western side of Mahurangi Island.
  • Four marker buoys with information panels depicting which species inhabit each area are anchored from 50 to 165 metres offshore.
  • For example at buoy three, snorkellers can expect to see marblefish, butterfish and red moki hiding in a seaweed city.

Snorkelling Options

  • The Glass Bottom team knows all the best snorkel spots both inside and outside the marine reserve. They provide quality snorkel equipment which is available on the boat free of charge. The skipper with decide on the day which snorkel spot to choose, based on factors such as weather, snorkelling skill level, water clarity and where the marine life has been spotted last.
  • If snorkelling is not your thing, you can experience the same thing as the snorkelers which sitting back and watching the marine lift through the glass panels on the boat.

Departures

  • From Whitianga Wharf at 10.30 am and 1.30 pm (also 8 am and 4 pm during summer).

Duration

  • Two hours

Other Information

Fully trained crew ensure your safety & enjoyment whilst on board the 23 foot Stabicraft vessel, which are widely used by The Jacques Cousteau Institute for their safety & stability.

Location

Whitianga Wharf, Whitianga, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand.