There's plenty of time to relax aboard the Bay Explorer

Motiti Island

During the Bay Explorer’s daily adventure, we often stop at Motiti Island to have lunch and enjoy kayaking and paddle boarding in the sheltered cove. Relatively flat, the terrain is mainly Miocene volcanic rock with small areas of soil and sediments, now used to grow avocados. Spectacular Pohutukawa trees along the foreshore and nesting birds can be seen from the boat. Motiti Island is a special place with a mixed population of Maori and European. With respect to the island owners we do not land on the island or encourage taking of marine life.

The wreckage of Taioma, which sunk in early 2000, can be found towards the south-eastern side of the Island. A popular hang-out spot for many tropical fish, the area offers a unique diving experience teeming with marine life. Sunfish and dolphins often rest around these quiet bays, increasing your chances of spotting some during your time on the Bay Explorer.


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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.

Departure Point

Corner of Wharf Street & The Strand
New Zealand 3110

Ph: 021 605 968
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