The Bay of Islands is just what the name suggests: A big bay with many little, rugged islands that shade the coastal area from high waves or winds. It’s not only a good spot to do watersports but also dolphin watching, as they also seek shelter here from harsh conditions. We took a ship tour to that famous rock at the pointy end of the bay which sports a big hole (through which the ship slips with big hurray). There also were dolphins and the curious creatures played around the ship but to our disappointment they were having a baby with them so we were not allowed to actually swim with them.

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He couldn’t have us at sea but finally, the big white shark got us in the shopping mall and had his dinner before we could find ours.