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Bay Explorer - Island & Wildlife Cruise


Experience a real ocean safari on a fun filled Island & Wildlife Cruise onboard Tauranga’s largest charter boat, the Bay Explorer.

Get up close and personal to dolphins, whales, seals, sunfish, rays, school fish and birdlife and discover their unique aquatic world.

Explore the areas beautiful islands and make use of the complimentary activities such as Stand-up paddle boarding, Kayaking, Snorkelling over reefs, Swimming and Hiking. The choice is yours - Have an action packed day or simply soak up the amazing scenery from our spacious and comfortable vessel.

Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch or it can be arranged for you. There’s also a fully licensed bar so you can chill out and soak up the atmosphere over a wine or refreshing beer.


Bay Explorer are the most experienced charter operators in the region and the most competitively priced. Choose us for a superb ocean safari adventure you’ll never forget!



  • Adults $150
  • Child (6-12 yrs) $65
  • Child (5 and under) FREE

    Departs: From The Strand, Tauranga daily at 8:00am returning 4:00pm

    Parking available down The Strand water front down Drive Crecent


    MOUNT MANGANUI PICK UP: $7 per person (Adult or Child) 7.30AM outside Burger King on Main Road.

    We operate 7 days a week. If weather conditions do not allow comfortable operation in the open ocean the BEST DAY EVER cruise can operate in sheltered inshore waters. The Islands and Wildlife may change on this option.

    ***Please select transport add ons at the check out***


    Kewpie Cruises - Scheduled One Hour Scenic Harbour Cruise

    Available Bookings from August 23 to August 29

    Change Dates

    All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

    Wed 23 Aug
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    Fri 25 Aug
    Sat 26 Aug
    Sun 27 Aug
    Mon 28 Aug
    Tue 29 Aug

    Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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    Phill Crosbie from New Zealand wrote on 15 February 2017

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    Magic awaits you

    I have to say thank you to these guys. My daughter had the "best day ever" watching dolphins and especially swimming with the fur seals on her birthday. Even I found it to be a magical experience. We will be back for more...

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    Hi Phill Thank you for your awesome review. It was our pleasure to spend the birthday girls special day Happy birthday again Faith! Have a fantastic year ... From the Bay Explorer team :)

    Lisa Crow from New Zealand wrote on 13 January 2017

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    Amazing day

    Had the most amazing day on the water with Island Explorer Island and Wildlife Cruise. The staff were wonderful and informative and we spent time with dolphins, and leatherback turtles, and sunfish along with seeing penguins and a couple of sharks, well worth the day and will do it again.

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    Lisa thanks for taking the time to review your experience on Bay Explorer. It was an amazing day to share with you. Everyone really loved the giant LEATHERBACK encounter and that was awesome dolphin display also. Look forward to seeing you again From the BE crew

    David Harris from United Kingdom wrote on 08 February 2017

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    great day out

    we were lucky that with just six passengers the tour wasn't cancelled due to the small number of passengers. we look about an hour or so to come across a vast pod of dolphins which we tracked for at least half an hour and got some great photos. Such stop in lovely calm bay and were able to snorkel, paddle board and kayak. caught a couple of blue sharks on the way back to port and this finished a great day.

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    Thanks for lovely review. It was small numbers on board that day but we still went out to show you our big blue backyard. Worth the rewards, the crew always love to see the wildlife too. Regards BE crew

    James Lever from New Zealand wrote on 06 February 2017

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    Amazing Experience

    I had an absolutely great day and would definitely recommend it to everyone. During the day we went swimming and nearby were some seals, they allowed us to play with them and were swimming with us. We didn't see as much wildlife as I was hoping but did see some seals and lots of dolphins. The crew were extremely friendly and very informative.

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    Hi James Sounds like s great day out on the water! Hope you enjoyed the waterspouts also. Great you experienced the awesome Dolphin encounters and swimming with wild NZ fur seals. Hope the Sharks and bird life also contributed to the wildlife.. We appreciate sharing your experience. A whale next time maybe !!! Cheers from the Bay Explorer crew.

    Eva Newman from New Zealand wrote on 25 January 2017

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    An amazing day out!

    Great staff, who were friendly and experienced. We were able to see Sun Fish, Sharks, and LOTS of Dolphins who were playing and feeding. We also got the opportunity to kayak and Paddle Board. I would definitely do it again. 5 Stars!

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    Hi Eva What a fantastic photo of the dolphins jumping! Thanks for sharing a great day out. You were awesome on the SUP and kayaks too. All the best from us all on Bay Explorer

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