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“Perfect way to enjoy the delights of the bay”

Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga
Ranked #2 of 20 Tours in Whitianga
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Explore some of the Coromandels most specular coast line including Cathedral Cove. Get close to the stunning volcanic rock formations, pinnacles and sea caves. What sets us above the rest is we take your below to explore the under water world of the Marine Reserve. Spot many different species of fish plus crayfish, stingrays, octopus, kinna and more. Watch the marine life through the glass in the comfort of the cabin or take the plunge and experience sensational snorkeling with equipment provided. Our experienced crew will entertain you with a fun commentary enriched with history and information on the area. Our mammal watch permit allows us to view dolphins and orcas when they visit.
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

From the moment we walked into the office to book our tour and met the lovely couple manning the office who also helped us out with hooking us up some great accommodation at their rivals (old mate down the road .... ) lovely apartment in the esplanade until we were deposited back onto the wharf their friendliness and professionalism were spot on. Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon out on the ocean with the very capable and informative Ash he truly loves his backyard and is a very keen advocate and definitely a wealth of knowledge. The scenery was simply spectacular and I'm very glad we decided that due to lack of time we would visit Cathedral Cove from the water side as I think it was more spectacular and we didn't have to battle the hoards on the beach. Due to poor visibility coming off the cyclone we only saw a few of the same fish through the glass bottom but it was still a great experience they very generously refunded $15 each on our return. We learnt a lot saw some gorgeous coastline with stunning colours and forms and got to spend a relaxing time enjoying the fresh air and ocean experience- thanks for a wonderful afternoon out.

Thank KCKaycee
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markjZ2050QW, Owner at Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Hi KCKaycee,

Thanks for coming out on the Glass Bottom Boat and for taking the time to share your great review. We are very pleased to hear you had a great stay in Whitianga and enjoyed the trip with Ash. He is a great skipper and has a huge passion for the ocean! Such a shame about the water clarity and thank you for understanding as that and the weather is something beyond our control and we try to work our best in the conditions on the day. Hopefully we will see you again one day :)

Many thanks,

Hayley Jones

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

This trip was amazing, with the boat sailing in very close to large caves in the cliffs and the highlight with the view through the glass bottom allowing us to see red snappers and other species of fish, sea urchins, sea weed etc

Thank Jon W
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markjZ2050QW, Front Office Manager at Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

Good afternoon Jon W

Thank you for coming out with us on the Glass Bottom Boat and for writing this great review. Our volcanic coastline is pretty stunning, we are very lucky and proud to show it off to our customers. The glass bottom viewing certainly adds another dimension to our tours :) . Thank you again for sharing your experience on our tour.

Ange

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Reviewed 14 March 2018 via mobile

We went on the boat trip a couple of days after a storm and although we were assured at booking the visibility was fine it wasn't the case on the day. However, this was still a very enjoyable trip, with great views of this gorgeous coast line and Ash, our skipper, was knowledgeable and friendly. The office refunded everyone $15 pp as the trip was slightly shorter and we hadn't swam etc. This was a much appreciated touch and we definitely recommend the company and this tour

Thank Katie P
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markjZ2050QW, Owner at Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2018

Hi Katie P,

Thank you for coming out on the Glass Bottom Boat and for your wonderful review. Its a real shame about the water clarity on the day of you tour. We still operate on these days as there is still so much to see on the surface and discount out tours accordingly. Thank you for your understanding. Hopefully we will see you again so we can show you the underwater world :)

Many thanks

Hayley Jones

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely morning - easy way to see the coastal sights... and the fish! Good skipper, knows his stuff...

Boat is easy to access and small enough to enjoy the company of other passengers. Would recommend it.

Thank Bardingley
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markjZ2050QW, Front Office Manager at Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Hi Bardingley

Thanks for joining us on our Glass Bottom Boat and for taking the time to write this review. It is an easy way to see the sights and much more than you see or can explore from land. We are lucky that we have such fantastic crew, who love their jobs and all things to do with the marine/ocean world. Thank you so much for your feedback and for recommending us :)

Ange

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Reviewed 9 March 2018 via mobile

Great 2 hours. Ash was a highly informed guide on local history, geology of the local area and marine life. Kept us interested. View from the sea side so different to a beach or shore view.

Thank Merv J
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markjZ2050QW, Front Office Manager at Glass Bottom Boat Whitianga, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2018

Hi Merv J

Thank you for coming out on the Glass Bottom Boat with us and for writing this great review. The view from the ocean is pretty special, another experience all together from exploring on land. So it is awesome to get your feedback that you had a great time out there exploring and listening to Ash. Thank you for sharing :)

Ange

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