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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.”

See. Do. Explore.

This is the best thing to do in Tauranga… don’t miss out.

Join us in cruising on our spacious boat with 360 degree outdoor views from the largest open-air wildlife viewing sun deck.

Departing at 8am, and returning around 2pm – 4pm

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, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca, and dolphins swimming along with our vessel. Our 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.

Departing at 9am and returning around 1pm – 2pm

Your Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise begins as you’re welcomed aboard the Bay Explorer at the Tauranga waterfront. We spend the morning exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty coast line searching for marine wildlife which may include seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca, and dolphins swimming along with our vessel. Our awesome crew will be pointing out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing!

You will be back in Tauranga by 2pm latest so you will have the rest of the day to explore our beautiful region!

We operate seven days a week, weather permitting. Should weather conditions prohibit open ocean cruising, then we will postpone to another date, or offer a refund. Please check our terms and conditions page for more information.

Highlights of all our tours include:

Watching seasonal marine wildlife – dolphins, whales, penguins, seals, sunfish, seabirds, sharks, orca and more all in clear sight from our viewing deck.
Our friendly and professional crew who will provide onboard commentary and references with facts on the Bay and local marine wildlife.
An onboard licensed bar serving cold beer and chilled regional wine.

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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.

Dolphins and other majestic marine life awaits

Contact Us

Private event?  Travel questions?  Scheduling questions?  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!

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.

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.

footer-qualmark-100pxAccredited by QUALMARK Tourism New Zealand’s proud mark of excellence.

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