“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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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.