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 Cruise: Departing at 9am and returning by 1pm – 2pm
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.
Full Day Cruise: Departing at 8am and returning by 2pm – 4pm
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.
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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What to Bring
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. It also has a fully licenced bar with chilled regional wine and beers along with non-alcoholic beverages.
Meet Your Captain
Local marine enthusiast and qualified biologist Brandon Stone is an expert on the marine environment of the Bay of Plenty. He wants you to connect with nature, to 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.