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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!


Important: CHECK-IN IS AT 8:30am (allow time in traffic and for parking)

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

Parking available down The Strand waterfront down Dive Crescent

Adult $170.00
Child $65.00 (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 November 24 to November 30

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Tue 24 Nov
Wed 25 Nov
Thu 26 Nov
Fri 27 Nov
Sat 28 Nov
Sun 29 Nov
Mon 30 Nov

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$136.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$20.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$109.00
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$20.00

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

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


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gizelles from Australia wrote on 28 March 2020

Amazing and knowledgeable crew

What an amazing day on the water. Dolphins, penguins, other bird life, fish and good conversation.

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Nicola from New Zealand wrote on 14 September 2020

Fantastic Day Trip - A Must Do

We had a fantastic day with Brendan, Helen and Leo. Great knowledge, vesel and weather. Not so lucky with the larger wildlife but great to see NZ's 'Jurassic Park' close up, fur seals, penguins and numerous sea birds. A must do in you are in the area.

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Joaquin Ferreyra from New Zealand wrote on 25 March 2020


Great experience, the guys were really nice and gave us all the information about wild life in the area. Amazing day and we could see a lot of dolphins Highly recommendable

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Reem from New Zealand wrote on 25 February 2020


We enjoyed our cruise. The timing was just enough, we saw ample dolphins. The cruise itself was smooth sailing, our ‘captain’ was well knowledged, friendly and accomodating. Got to take our own food and drink. Would highly recommend, perfect for all ages and we would definitely consider doing it again Only con would be the toilet room is quite small

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Kester Witt from United Kingdom wrote on 26 January 2020

Great day out

Excellent day out! Skipper was very knowledgeable and we saw dolphins, penguins, sea birds and even some sharks, thoroughly enjoyed it and very good value.

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      Infant* 5 years and under

        *Option must be made together with another price type.

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