Join us on New Zealand's BEST dolphin experience in the calm waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds. Our degree qualified guides are there to ensure you (and the dolphins) have the best and safest experience possible. See for yourself why E-Ko has the best things to do in the Marlborough Sounds.
Wildlife Island Sanctuary and Dolphin Cruise (Motuara Island)
A nature cruise and historical experience with fantastic scenery, wonderful wildlife and degree qualified guides. A perfect way to experience the Marlborough Sounds. Daily departures at 13:30 (13:15 check-in).
Cruise to the historic Perano Whaling Station through the calm and majestic Queen Charlotte Sound experiencing a variety of marine wildlife on the way. This is the only restored whaling station in New Zealand. You will be able to see and touch actual machinery used during New Zealand's whaling era.
The BEST 2 hour wildlife cruise in the Marlborough Sounds with the local WILDLIFE EXPERTS! Let our qualified and enthusiastic team inform you about the wildlife and surrounding area on this small group experience. Enjoy land Birds, Sea birds, marine Mammals, a Marine reserve and a Wildlife Sanctuary
Here at E-Ko Tours, we have a long history of working with education providers to offer you and your students a safe, fun and unique learning experience. You can provide your own educational material and teachers or have our degree qualified marine biologists tailor a trip to your needs!
At E-Ko Tours we believe in supporting marine mammal research wherever possible. One of our major initiatives has been the development of a “dolphin database.” This dolphin database was started by Les and Zoe Battersby in 1998 and records; location, pod size and composition, species, behavior and environmental conditions at time of sighting. This information is put into a data base which is used by scientists (recently Cheryl Cross) to produce studies on the dolphins in Queen charlotte Sound. As the company was owned form 2003 -2009 by two Scientists with PHDs in marine studies the data base also includes fin ID information. This same Data set is still taken on a daily basis by both of our vessels so it maintains its consistency for further use as a basis for scientific studies which can be used for the decision making process for management of the marine mammals by the Department of Conservation .
Some other recent activities E-Ko Tours has recently been involved with have included sponsorship of PHD student Cheryl Cross whose Thesis will be complete this year (watch this space for a summary of findings!)