Welcome to our #bigbluebackyard

Enter nature & wide open spaces on a Bay Explorer dolphin & wildlife cruise.
Join us for a shared lifetime experience and help protect wild marine animals.

Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise
Departing at 9am and returning by 1pm – 2pm

New passengers waiting to board the Bay Explorer

Feel what it’s like to be on nature’s terms, there is always an element of discovery and surprise. You’ll experience close-up encounters with seasonal marine wildlife – dolphins, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks, turtles and orca.

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Full Day Island & Wildlife Cruise
Departing at 8am and returning by 2pm – 4pm

New passengers waiting to board the Bay Explorer

As well as marine wildlife encounters, the full day Island & Wildlife Cruise also allows you to enjoy a midday island stopover at a sheltered cove. Water activities will be available, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling or swimming.

We operate seven days a week, weather permitting. Should weather conditions prohibit open ocean cruising we will postpone to another date, or offer a full refund. 

Hands down the best tourist experience I've ever had!

“Went out with these guys and it wasn’t long before I could sense, not just passion for marine life, but their excitement to share what Tauranga has to offer.”

KO TATOU NEI – IT’S WHO WE ARE

Caring for people, place and planet. 

PEOPLE EDUCATE
We have made a conscious decision to educate about the eco-system, how the marine environment works

PLACE – EXPLORE
Tauranga, New Zealand is our home. The ocean is our #bigbluebackyard. 

PLANET – PROTECT
In the ocean, it’s often about protecting what you can’t see.  It lives and breathes, like the lungs of the world, and must be protected.

 

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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

Our dolphin cruises include more than just dolphins. Seasonal wildlife includes amazing species of seabirds, seals, whales 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 your camera, binoculars (if you have them), and definitely sunscreen! If you are on the full day cruise bring along a packed lunch or BBQ food as well.

Excited voyagers on our top deck

The Vessel

Our purpose-built boat is unlike any other in the Bay of Plenty. The viewing platforms are designed to highlight the fantastic local scenery, so you can observe local marine activity at its best. With spacious decks, ample seating options and a covered area for shade and shelter, your comfort is our main priority, . We also has a fully licenced bar with chilled regional wine and beers, along with non-alcoholic beverages.

Dolphins and other majestic marine life awaits

Contact Us

Travel questions? Scheduling questions? Maybe you have an upcoming private event? If there is any information you would like to know, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help!

Phone: +64 21 605 968

Email: info@bayexplorer.co.nz

New passengers waiting to board the Bay Explorer

Meet Your Captain

Local marine enthusiast and qualified biologist Brandon Stone is an expert on the marine environment of the Bay of Plenty. It is his goal to help people connect with nature and embrace who we are, ‘ko tatou nei’. It’s about relationships with people and education. It’s about place, an opportunity to explore. And it’s about planet and protection of habitat and species.

“Feel what it’s like to be on nature’s terms, there is always an element of discovery and surprise.”

The Bay Explorer

Bay Explorer are local boat tour specialists who are passionate about all our region has to offer. We are proudly Kiwi owned and operated, with plenty of experience running day trips from Tauranga.

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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