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MV Southern Secret is a 20m vessel with accommodation for just 12 passengers and offers a homely and cosy B&B style option for an overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound.
As with all trips to Doubtful Sound, you will start at Pearl Harbour in Manapouri and travel by boat across Lake Manapouri to West Arm. From here a bus will take you over Wilmot Pass from where you will glimpse Doubtful Sound for the first time, before arriving at Deep Cove where the Southern Secret awaits.
Set over three levels, the Southern Secret has cabin space for 12 people and 3 crew below decks, and on the mid-deck, the kitchen, galley and living area are where guests can dine or relax, always with views out over Doubtful Sound. The fly bridge deck on the top level of the boat gives 360 degree views and is perfect for activities such as fishing and wildlife watching.
During the cruise you will have the chance to encounter various marine wildlife including dolphins, penguins and fur seals, and you will hear many bird calls from the surrounding densely forested mountains.
The cruise gives you privileged access to spectacular views of the wilderness, the deep valleys and numerous waterfalls, and allows you to explore the many arms and coves of the Sound.
All meals are provided including a picnic lunch and a hearty dinner and breakfast. Fresh Fiordland crayfish (lobster) is often on the menu for dinner as well as anything you can catch in the afternoon when the rods are over the side.