BEST DAY EVER from $65 to $150

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BEST DAY EVER ex Rotorua, from $80 to $220

Experience the BEST DAY EVER Cruise from Rotorua (including pick up and drop off).

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Give the BEST DAY EVER as a gift! Available now from only $65 for kids and $150 for adults*.

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Island & Wildlife Cruise – join us for the best thing to do in Tauranga.

Bay Explorer offers you the premium wildlife and adventure experience in the Bay of Plenty. We’ve heard many times that it’s the BEST DAY EVER.

Departure is from the Strand Tauranga City at 8:00am, returning 2:00pm – 4:00pm.

You will explore the aquatic world of seasonal marine wildlife; dolphins, seals, penguins, fish, and occasional whale encounters. The regular dolphin encounters can range from a few animals to hundreds.

It’s a great way to spend an amazing day.

You are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream.

You can choose to explore even more at the islands. Optional activities include swimming, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).

Your experienced Captain and BEST DAY EVER crew will provide a fascinating commentary on the history, geography and culture of the area. They have knowledge on marine wildlife and personally share with you everything they observe. Books and references are on board to enhance your experience.

Don’t miss this premier Bay of Plenty island and wildlife adventure

Includes:

  • A full day cruise on our spacious boat with 360° outdoor views from the largest open-air wildlife watching sun deck.
  • Watch seasonal 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.
  • Free communal onboard BBQ facilities for lunch (BYO food for cooking on the BBQ or bring your own packed lunch).
  • Cold beer and chilled regional wine from our licenced bar (Eftpos available).
  • Onboard commentary and references with facts on the Bay and local marine wildlife.
  • Our friendly, professional BEST DAY EVER Crew.

“Its all about connecting people with the ocean environment, the wildlife, and providing fun activities. We have proved we run a professional crew, an awesome experience, new adventures and
memorable moments aboard our awesome vessel BAY EXPLORER.”

Brandon Stone

Owner, Bay Explorer

“Its all about connecting people with the ocean environment, the wildlife, and providing fun activities. We have proved we run a professional crew, an awesome experience, new adventures and
memorable moments aboard our awesome vessel BAY EXPLORER.”

Brandon Stone

Owner, Bay Explorer

Rotorua Pick-Up

Begin your BEST DAY EVER adventure in Rotorua. Our transport coordinator will collect you from your Rotorua accommodation and bring you on the scenic journey across to New Zealand’s east coast capital Tauranga.

Pick-ups in Rotorua generally occur at between 6.00am and 7.00am and return is around 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

The vehicles used range from late model sedans through to mini-coaches depending on the number of passengers for the day. The 60 minute drive will take you past a number of lakes, through forests and farmland to the Port of Tauranga.

On arrival you will join the crew aboard the vessel ‘BAY EXPLORER’ for the BEST DAY EVER.

A minimum of two passengers is required for the shuttle service to operate. If you are booking for one person the shuttle we will confirm the night prior to the tour whether any other passengers have booked and if the tour will operate. You are welcome to call us on 021605968 if you would like to check if the minimum number for a specific date has been reached.

Important

Please note that on some occasions our skipper needs to review sea and weather conditions on the morning of the tour before making a final decision, in this situation it is necessary for us to cancel the shuttle service the night before as it does not allow enough time for the shuttle to travel from Tauranga to Rotorua and back. You may still be able to join the boat tour only in this situation so we suggest you either self-drive or stay the night prior in the Tauranga area.

Please see our FAQs page for more information.

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

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