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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!

Adult $170.00
Child $65.00 (6 -12 years)
Infant $20.00 (5 years and under)


  • Allow approximately 5 hours for the whole experience


  • Departure: Corner of Wharf Street & The Strand, Tauranga 3110

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • CHECK-IN AND DEPARTURE: You must check-in at 8:30am (allow time in traffic and for parking). Departure is from The Strand, Tauranga daily at 9:00am returning by 2.00pm latest.

    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 22 Oct to 28 Oct 2022

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Sat 22 Oct
Sun 23 Oct
Mon 24 Oct
Tue 25 Oct
Wed 26 Oct
Thu 27 Oct
Fri 28 Oct

  • Adult$102.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$65.00
  • Infant$20.00

  • Adult$102.00
  • 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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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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Vineeth from New Zealand wrote on 28 December 2020

Must do...

Great experience... we were able to watch dolphins, orcas and penguins in their natural habitat. The skipper took us really close to those amazing creatures... would definitely recommend

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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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aymant from New Zealand wrote on 14 February 2021

An OK experience

Kids expectations of the cruise was so high but were somehow disappointed. They saved several months to get into the cruise but did not get to see lots of dolphins or any other ocean creatures. That was most likely due to weather which as parents understand but was hard for kids to comprehend. The crew were great and tried their best to entertain people on Board.

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Tough rating.. to say your kids didn’t see lots of wildlife but did see dolphins, and from our log penguins and sharks birds and fish. Guess kids were not paying much attention to encounters. Sorry you hear they were disappointed but perhaps take them out again with other operators and explain that it is a cruise in nature to observe wild animals not a petting zoo and educate them on appreciating that and the efforts companies like ours and many others make to get families on the water. A two star review is a tough punch in the gut and it all appears based on lack of real expectations.

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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      Infant * 5 years and under

        *This option must be made together with another price type.

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