Hi there, are you able to go through the cave without a guide? Thanks
Definitely not but well worth paying for the experience. Just ensure that it is not a day when a cruise ship is is the Bay of Islands as you possibly will have less time in the cave and it isn't as personal in a big group. When you book online it is fairly obvious by the increased number of tours on those days.
No. You must have a guide.
Hi, on their website it mentions “guided tours only” so I’m assuming the answer to your question would be “no”. You could ask them directly to be sure.
You have to have a guide - to be fair, it adds to the whole experience
No, you must have a guide. Safety reasons, I'm sure, as well as the fear that you might harm the glowworms by taking photos or videos.
The caves are not all that big, but visits are only allowed with the guides. Our guide was well versed in many aspects of what you see: biology, local history, etc. Not only that, unfortunately some tourists will not respect places they visit and they being there probably helps preserving that gorgeous micro environment.
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