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Bay Explorer Day Cruise

Many, many thanks to Brandon and his Crew for a wonderful day. Well organized, Feels as traveling with the family not only as a guest.  We could see wales and dolphins right narrow to the ship- fantastic! It was one of the best day during our cruise from Australia to New Zealand!

Claudia & Thomas


What an incredible day!

We saw 2 species of dolphins, blue penguins and false killer whales. Simply magical to see these creatures in such a beautiful environment and with such a gracious crew. Highly recommend this trip to anyone and especially families. We all had the best day ever!

Amazing Day Out

We had an absolutely stunning day out on the water! My daughter (age 7) was given first class treatment as she is a budding Marine Biologist and all the crew made sure she was able to see all marine life. The crew were so friendly and knowledgable that I am sure they made the day even better.
We honestly had one of the best days out and I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend the
Bay Explorer to anyone.

What a magical day on the water!

Our expectations were exceeded and it was due to an experienced and friendly crew with a bit of luck of the wildlife showing themselves! Would do this trip every day if I could!

Totally Outstanding Day!

Epic! Best day cruise I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of. All staff take pride in ensuring best experience possible. It’s all about the journey and not the destination. All the staff are legends, helpful, experienced, friendly. Nothing is too much. 

They take detours if they spot something of interest. The whole cruise is about nature & nurture, and every single person gets the most out of the experience. I will be taking the family next year.

We were lucky enough to observe a pod of ‘frisky’ dolphins. Enjoyed three encounters with dolphins, one lone hammerhead shark and various other sea life.


Such a stunning day!

We had such an amazing day out on the water! The Bay Explorer crew were absolutely outstanding.  They were friendly, knowledgable and super helpful. We saw all sorts of marine life and had time to relax, play on the kayaks and SUP’s.
My kids were encouraged and welcomed aboard.
Honestly I would highly recommend Bay Explorer if you are looking for a great day out on the water.

Great time!

Had a wonderful day out on the water. Entire crew was great- really friendly and knowledgable. We did see too much (couple sharks, sun fish, and penguins) but was still a great day. Was amazed with their teams ability to spot the wildlife! Got to jump off the boat, go kayaking, and paddle boarding.
Would definitely recommend to anyone thinking about this. Can grill your own lunch if you want to bring stuff,



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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
Intnl: +64 21 605 968

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