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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.”

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

Highlights:

  • A half day wildlife cruise on our spacious 18 metre vessel with 360° outdoor views.
  • Close-up encounters with seasonal marine wildlife – dolphins, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks, turtles and orca.
  • Comfortable fully enclosed seating downstairs and a large open sun-deck for wildlife watching.
  • Some of the best marine diversity in New Zealand.
  • Onboard commentary on the Bay and local marine wildlife.
  • Cold beer and chilled regional wines from our licenced bar and non-alcoholic beverages (Eftpos available).
  • Food options, or bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • Our friendly, professional Bay Explorer Crew
  • Photos of a lifetime!

Feel what it’s like to be on nature’s terms, there is always an element of discovery and surprise. The half day Dolphin & Wildlife cruise does not include the island stopover and water activities. If you’re looking for dolphin trips in Tauranga, this could be the perfect tour for you.

Half Day 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 Cruise: Departing at 8am, and returning by 2pm – 4pm

Highlights:

  • A full day wildlife cruise on our spacious 18 metre vessel with 360° outdoor views.
  • Close-up encounters with seasonal marine wildlife – dolphins, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks, turtles and orca.
  • An island stopover with water activities.
  • Comfortable fully enclosed seating downstairs and a large open sun-deck for wildlife watching.
  • Some of the best marine diversity in New Zealand.
  • Onboard commentary on the Bay and local marine wildlife.
  • Cold beer and chilled regional wines from our licenced bar and non-alcoholic beverages (Eftpos available).
  • Food options, or bring your own lunch and snacks.
  • Our friendly, professional Bay Explorer Crew
  • Photos of a lifetime!

The full day Island & Wildlife Cruise 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. Water-sport lifejackets and basic training are also available for all ages.

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Full Day 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. 

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

Seasonal wildlife includes amazing species of seabirds, seals, whales, school fish and sharks. Keep a lookout for penguins, occasional sunfish and orca. Often, Dolphins swim along with us alongside the Bay Explorer

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 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.

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.  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.

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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