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"Awesome Day Out, With Paddleboarding" Papamoa Beach Resort

See. Do. Explore. This is the best thing to do in Tauranga… don’t miss it.
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  • A full day cruise on our spacious boat with 360 degree outdoor views from the largest open-air wildlife viewing sun deck.
  • Watch season marine wildlife – penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks and orca.
  • Enjoy an island stopover and kayak, stand-up paddle board or swim. Water sport training and lifejackets for all ages.
  • Onboard BBQ facilities for lunch (please bring your own food for the BBQ – or bring a packed lunch)
  • Cold beer and chilled regional wine from our licenced bar (eftpos facilities available).
  • Onboard commentary and references with facts on the Bay and local marine wildlife.
  • Our friendly, professional BEST DAY EVER crew.

A snapshot of the day

Your BEST DAY EVER begins early-morning as you’re welcomed aboard the Bay Explorer at the Tauranga waterfront. We cruise through the beautiful harbour, & past the landmark volcanic mountain Mauao. We explore the pristine Bay of Plenty coastline to watch marine wildlife which may include seabirds, penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks and orca. Our BEST DAY EVER CREW will be pointing out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing! Mid-day, we anchor at a local island paradise and fire up the BBQ, while you relax and unwind with a beverage from our licenced bar. Those that wish to stand up paddle-board, kayak or swim can do so, with full instructions given.  Then, with everyone back on board, we’ll raise the anchors and then head back to Tauranga, continually watching the wildlife, while passengers mix with the crew and reflect on the day’s discoveries.

** We operate seven days a week weather permitting. Should weather conditions prohibit open ocean cruising, then we spend the day in sheltered in-shore waters, exploring all there is to offer and enjoying all of our on-board and water-based activities.

See, Do, Enjoy

“We had such an amazing day out on the water! The Bay Explorer crew were absolutely outstanding.  They were friendly, knowledgable and super helpful. We saw all sorts of marine life and had time to relax, play on the kayaks and SUP’s.”

Excited voyagers on our top deck

The Vessel

Our purpose-built boat is unlike any other in the Bay of Plenty with viewing platforms that are designed to highlight the fantastic local scenery so you can observe local marine activity at its best.  When you choose Bay Explorer your comfort is our main priority, with spacious decks, ample seating options and a covered area for shade and shelter.

Dolphins and other majestic marine life awaits

The Best Day Ever

On our full-day island and wildlife cruise, you’ll be with the Bay’s best and friendliest crew as we observe the magnificent and diverse wildlife that lives and plays in the waters just beyond our shores.  When we reach our island destination, we’ll give you the chance to play in the waters too. You’re free to do as little or as much as you choose – IT’S YOUR DAY, DONE YOUR WAY

New passengers waiting to board the Bay Explorer

Meet Your Captain

Local marine enthusiast and Bay Explorer captain Brandon Stone is an expert of the marine environment of the Bay of Plenty.  His iconic Bay Explorer island and wildlife tour sets a new standard for tourism in the region, with daily tours offering passengers the opportunity to explore the open ocean and partake in on-water activities like never before.

Bay Explorer

When you choose Bay Explorer your comfort is our main priority, with spacious decks, ample seating options and a covered area for shade and shelter.

Our Wildlife

Seasonal wildlife includes amazing species of seabirds, seals, dolphins, whales, school fish and sharks. Keep a lookout for penguins, occasional sunfish and orca.

Photo Ops

Get some awesome photos from the comfort and proximity of our observation decks.The crew will give you informative commentary on what you see and where to look out.

What to Bring

The weather can be unpredictable at times, so pack warm clothes just in case. Bring a packed lunch or barbie food, plus your camera & binoculars. Don’t forget sunscreen!

The Bay Explorer

See why our day cruise is called the BEST DAY EVER. Bay Explorer are local tour specialists who are passionate about all that our region has to offer. We are proudly Kiwi owned and operated.

Departure Point

Corner of Wharf Street & The Strand
Tauranga
New Zealand 3110

Ph: 021 605 968
Intnl: +64 21 605 968

footer-doc-100pxEndorsed by Department of Conservation New Zealand to interact with marine wildlife.

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