Doubtful, Nancy, Caswell, George, Bligh and Milford Sounds
We offer small group scenic boat expeditions on board the Fiordland Jewel in Fiordland National Park and Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.
Our expeditions are tailored specifically for people who are interested in scenery, history and nature and there are some opportunities to fish to catch a feed.
A maximum of 18 passengers.
All nine cabins have fiord and sea views and a private ensuite and are fully air-conditioned and heated.
Your adventure will start in Manapouri at 12.30pm with a boat transfer across Lake Manapouri to West Arm, where you will change to a coach to travel over the Wilmot Pass. Here you will capture breathtaking vistas of Doubtful Sound and the surrounding Mountains. You will board the Fiordland Jewel at Deep Cove.
After meeting the crew and settling into your cabins you can relax and take in the sensational surrounds and discover untouched landscapes thriving with an abundance of wildlife. Doubtful Sound is defined by lush rainforests clinging to dramatic peaks. Waterfalls are also gloriously abundant in the area.
We cruise the arms and view the islands of Doubtful Sound and at some stage, depending on the weather, we head towards Nancy Sound and spend the next few days visiting Caswell, George and Bligh Sounds.
We may do activities such as:
View incredible wildlife - keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins and fur seals, on rare occasions we may encounter whales
Spot birds such as the rare and captivating Fiordland crested penguin, New Zealand falcons, white-faced herons, white herons, cattle egrets, a variety of shags and the common black-backed gull. On our short sea passages we frequently see Albatross including the Royal Albatross which has the longest wingspan in the world.
Some fishing to catch a feed
Kayaking and tender boat excursions
Watch our crew dive or pull craypots for you to enjoy a lobster lunch or dinner
Stargazing on clear evenings as the unpolluted sky is full of stars and our top deck is the perfect viewing platform, perhaps one night you will be able to do this whilst relaxing in our top-deck hot tub!
There is also the possibility to launch the (ROV) remote-operated vehicle, which provides high resolution live underwater footage which you can view from the comfort of the boat lounge (weather permitting).
Enter the magnificent Milford Sound
Cruise past Bowen Falls, Sinbad Gully, the world-renowned Mitre Peak, Mt Pembroke, Bridal Veil Falls and Fairy Falls then we venture up the north side of the fiord past Dale Point, the Piopiotahi Marine Reserve, Seal Rock, Stirling Falls, The Lion and the Cascade Range. After cruising, we anchor at Deepwater Basin for the night.
Watch the sunrise over continental breakfast, which is served from 7am-8am, before returning to the terminal at 9.00am. Van transfer back to your vehicle in Manapouri (included).
Of course, the weather is central to a Fiordland experience, so the itinerary of your cruise may differ depending on the conditions on the day. The above sample itinerary is from Doubtful Sound ending in Milford Sound, Milford Sound to Doubtful Sound is in reverse.
Current availability in 2021:
Doubtful Sound to Milford Sound
Friday June 25-Thursday July 1 - all cabins a/v
Wednesday December 15-Tuesday December 21 - all cabins a/v
Milford Sound to Doubtful Sound
Monday August 2-Sunday August 8 - all cabins a/v
Retail prices are GST inclusive and in NZD, includes transfer per person into or out of Doubtful Sound from/to Manapouri (Boat/Coach) and into or out of Milford Sound from/to Manapouri (Van), excludes beverages purchased from our licensed bar on board the Fiordland Jewel.
Return transfers from Queenstown are available for an additional $200 per person.
Coach/boat transfer (one way) to or from Doubtful Sound to Manapouri and van transfer (one way) to or from Milford Sound to Manapouri.
All meals prepared by our on board chef in our commercial kitchen - all dietary requirements are catered for. Our crew dive for seafood/kaimoana
Some fishing to catch a feed, if you wish to do so
Complimentary tea & coffee
Use of our kayaks and top-deck hot tub (weather dependent)
In each cabin: Toiletries, body wash & shampoo/conditioner (Evolu), hairdryer, linen and bath towels
Wine, beer & soft drinks (no spirits), these are available for you to purchase from our licensed on board bar. Please note: Do not bring alcohol on board with you, as this will breach our liquor license.