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Island & Wildlife Cruise - Full day

Island & Wildlife Cruise - Full day

Our premium Island & Wildlife experience in the Bay...discover the amazing diversity of marine wildlife and enjoy a midday island stopover with free optional water activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling & swimming!


Bay Explorer offers you the premium wildlife and adventure experience in the Bay of Plenty.

We’ve heard many times that it’s the BEST DAY EVER.

You will explore the aquatic world of seasonal marine wildlife; dolphins, seals, penguins, fish, birds and whale encounters. The regular dolphin encounters can range from a few animals to hundreds (superpods).

Other seasonal species regularly encountered are sharks, sunfish, orca (killer whales all year round) turtles and even marlin and tuna are seen

It’s a great way to spend an amazing day.

You are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream.

You can choose to explore even more at the islands. Optional activities include swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).

Your experienced Captain and BEST DAY EVER crew will provide a fascinating commentary on the history, geography and culture of the area. They have knowledge on marine wildlife and personally share with you everything they observe. Books and references are on board to enhance your experience.

Don’t miss this premier Bay of Plenty island and wildlife adventure.

The BEST DAY EVER includes:

  • A full day cruise on our spacious boat with 360° outdoor views from the largest open-air wildlife watching sun deck.
  • The largest most comfortable boat in Tauranga with loads of space and comforts on two levels. Suitable for all ages.
  • Watch seasonal marine wildlife which may include penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks and orca.
  • Enjoy an Island stopover and kayak, stand-up paddle board and/or swim. Water sport training and lifejackets for all ages.
  • Onboard BBQ facilities for lunch (please bring your own lunch or your own food for cooking on our BBQ).
  • Cold beer and chilled regional wine from our licenced bar (Eftpos available).
  • Onboard commentary and references with facts on the Bay and local marine wildlife.
  • Our friendly, professional BEST DAY EVER Crew.

Check-in is at the Strand, Tauranga City waterfront at 7.30am for
briefing at 7:45 and departure at 8:00am, returning 2:00pm – 4:00pm.






  • Duration : 8 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $150.00

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Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise - Half day

Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise - Half day

Our Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife experience, if you’re looking for dolphin trips in Tauranga, this could be the perfect tour for you. Get access to nature and watch wild dolphins up close, penguins, seals, whales, seasonal seabirds & more!

Bay Explorer offers you the best dolphin and marine wildlife experience in the Bay of Plenty!

#1 on Trip Advisor

Your Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise begins as you’re welcomed aboard the Bay Explorer at Tauranga waterfront jetty. You will spend the cruise exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty coastline and islands where we will showcase the amazing diversity of marine wildlife including dolphins swimming along side our vessel. Watch seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca...even turtles! 

Our dolphin & wildlife cruise is tailored to those wanting a genuine kiwi experience in nature. It’s a story about our human intrigue with amazing marine animals and their habitat. Participate by searching on the large top deck for that once in a lifetime wildlife encounter. We have limited our passenger numbers for comfort and to enable a more personal experience. Our large spacious boat is also ideal for families.

The Captain and experienced crew lust to share their marine knowledge with you and will provide fascinating commentary and point out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing. A shared lifetime experience. Don’t forget your camera as we are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream. 

You will return to Tauranga by 2:00pm so you will have the rest of the day to explore our beautiful region, the Bay of Plenty, or continue your travels!



It’s a great introduction to our big blue backyard! Don’t miss this premier Dolphin & Wildlife adventure.


The Cruise Includes:


• A full day cruise on our spacious 18 metre vessel with 360° outdoor views.


• Comfortable fully enclosed seating downstairs and a large open sun-deck for wildlife watching.


Some of the best marine diversity in New Zealand.

Close-up encounters with seasonal marine wildlife – penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks, turtles and orca.

• 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

Onboard commentary and references with facts on the Bay and local marine wildlife.

• Our friendly, professional Bay Explorer Crew


• Photos of a lifetime!




Check-in: 8.30am for briefing at 8:45am (The Strand, Tauranga City Waterfront)


Departure: 9:00am


Return: 1:00pm - 2:00pm




  • Duration : 5 Hours (approx.)
From NZD $130.00

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Gift Voucher: Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise - Half Day

Gift Voucher: Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise - Half Day

Gift vouchers for our 'Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise - Half day'. A fantastic gift idea for any occasion, purchase someone a lifetime experience they won't forget.

Are you looking for a gift for someone who loves the ocean? Let us help you!



Our gift vouchers are a great idea for that special friend, family member or work colleague for Christmas, Birthday, Mother’s or Father’s Day or even as a retirement present. 




Bay Explorer offers you the premium Dolphin & Wildlife experience in the Bay of Plenty.


Departing at 9am and returning by 1pm – 2pm.


Spend the cruise exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty coastline and islands, where we will showcase the amazing diversity of Tauranga’s marine wildlife. With dolphins swimming alongside our vessel, it’s the best way to see dolphins in Tauranga. Watch seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca… even turtles!




Our Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise is tailored to those wanting a genuine kiwi experience in nature. It’s a story about our human intrigue with amazing marine animals and their habitat. Participate by searching on the large top deck for a once in a lifetime wildlife encounter. We have limited our passenger numbers for comfort and to enable a more personal experience. Our large spacious boat is also ideal for families.



The captain and experienced crew are passionate about sharing their marine knowledge with you and will provide fascinating commentary throughout the trip. They’ll also be sure to point out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing! It really is a shared lifetime experience. Don’t forget your camera as we are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream.




The tour includes:



  • 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.




  • Duration : 5 Hours (approx.)
NZD $130.00

Enter Number of Recipients *

Gift Voucher: Island & Wildlife Cruise - Full day Book Now
Gift Voucher: Island & Wildlife Cruise  - Full day

Gift Voucher: Island & Wildlife Cruise - Full day

Gift vouchers for our 'Island & Wildlife Cruise - Fully day' including the island stopover and water sports. A fantastic gift idea for any occasion, purchase someone a lifetime experience they won't forget.

Are you looking for a gift for someone who loves the ocean and the outdoors? Let us help you!


Our gift vouchers are a great idea for that special friend, family member or work colleague for Christmas, Birthday, Mother’s or Father’s Day or even as a retirement present. 


Bay Explorer offers you the premium Island & Wildlife experience in the Bay of Plenty.

Departing at 8am and returning by 3pm – 4pm.


Spend the cruise exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty coastline and islands, where we will showcase the amazing diversity of Tauranga’s marine wildlife. With dolphins swimming alongside our vessel, it’s the best way to see dolphins in Tauranga. Watch seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca… even turtles!


Our Island & Wildlife Cruise is tailored to those wanting a genuine kiwi experience in nature. It’s a story about our human intrigue with amazing marine animals and their habitat. Participate by searching on the large top deck for a once in a lifetime wildlife encounter. We have limited our passenger numbers for comfort and to enable a more personal experience. Our large spacious boat is also ideal for families.


The captain and experienced crew are passionate about sharing their marine knowledge with you and will provide fascinating commentary throughout the trip. They’ll also be sure to point out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing! It really is a shared lifetime experience. Don’t forget your camera as we are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream.


The tour includes:


  • A full day (8 Hours) 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!


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.






NZD $150.00

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