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Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise - Half Day

Your Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise begins as you’re welcomed aboard the Bay Explorer at the Tauranga waterfront!


  • A half day cruise on our spacious boat with 360° outdoor views from the largest open-air wildlife watching sun deck
  • Explore Tauranga’s amazing marine wildlife – penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks and orca
  • Cold beer and chilled regional wine from our full licensed bar (Eftpos available)
  • Onboard commentary and references with facts on the Bay and local marine wildlife

We spend the morning exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty harbour and beyond, 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 Captain and crew will be pointing out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing!

Don’t forget your camera as we are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream.

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

You will be back in Tauranga by 2pm latest so you will have the rest of the day to explore our beautiful region!

Don’t miss this premier Bay of Plenty half day dolphin and wildlife adventure!


Departs: From The Strand, Tauranga daily at 9:00am returning by 2.00pm latest.

Parking available down The Strand waterfront down Dive Crescent

Adult $130.00
Child $75.00 (6 -12 years)
Infant $20.00 (5 years and under)


  • Allow approximately 5 hours for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • Parking available down The Strand water front down Dive Crescent 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.

  • Child price applicable for ages 6-12 years. Infant is 5 years and under.

    Guests must please bring their own lunch or snacks. There is a fully licensed bar so you can chill out and soak up the atmosphere over a chilled regional wine or a refreshing beer. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available.

Available Bookings from December 13 to December 19

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Fri 13 Dec
Sat 14 Dec
Sun 15 Dec
Mon 16 Dec
Tue 17 Dec
Wed 18 Dec
Thu 19 Dec

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$75.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant$20.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant$20.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$85.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant$20.00

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


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Francoise from New Zealand wrote on 02 December 2019

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Magical day

Experienced staff, incredible experience. Would recommend to anyone and everyone!

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Steve Brown from United Kingdom wrote on 05 December 2019

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half day trip

very professional and informative trip but in a relaxed atmosphere. would definitely recommend this trip

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Louise Lambrinoudakis from New Zealand wrote on 01 December 2019

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Dolphinatly worth it.

Nick and Heidi were awesome hosts. The experience was amazing getting so upclose to the dolphins. We would recommend it to anyone who wants a nature experience.

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Claire from New Zealand wrote on 16 November 2019

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Highly recommend!

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day. We booked the half day trip out and saw 100s of dolphins, some penguins and other wildlife. Brilliant guides which made the trip special for each and every person on board! Great atmosphere and a boat trip I personally would love to do again and again! Thank you Brandon, Amy and Heidi!

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Ines from Germany wrote on 04 April 2019

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spectacular experience

It was a spectacular experience and we had fun. Only to be recommended also with children from 6 years

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