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ISLAND and WILDLIFE CRUISE - Dolphins and Marine Wildlife

Board the Bay Explorer for an exciting real ocean safari on a fun filled Island & Wildlife Cruise on Tauranga’s largest charter boat!

Highlights

  • Experience Tauranga's amazing marine wildlife incl dolphins, whales, seals, sunfish, rays, school fish and birdlife
  • Explore the crystal clear waters and see the bay's stunning islands
  • Fully Licensed bar onboard and communal BBQ for BYO lunch
  • Tauranga's largest charter boat
  • Take a dip in the calm waters or relax and soak up the beautiful scenery

The Bay of Plenty is teeming with a vast array of dolphins, whales, seals, sunfish, rays, school fish and birdlife and this is your opportunity to discover their unique aquatic world.

Explore the areas beautiful islands from our spacious and comfortable vessel and take a dip in the calm crystal clear waters.

Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch or bring food to use on the communal BBQ. 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!

Adult $140.00
Child $55.00

Duration

  • Allow approximately 8 hours duration for the whole experience

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

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

    Parking available down The Strand water front down Drive Crescent

    ***PICK UP OPTION AVAILABLE***

    MOUNT MANGANUI PICK UP: $15 per person (Adult or Child) 7.30AM outside Burger King on Main Road, can be added as you proceed to checkout.

    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.

  • Child Pricing applies to children 6 to 12 years of age Children 5 years and under are free of charge

Available Bookings from April 24 to April 30

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

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5spaces priced from:

  • Adult$140.00
  • Child$55.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$140.00
  • Child$55.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$140.00
  • Child$55.00

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

4.8

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Elina Herpel from Germany wrote on 28 December 2017

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Again please!

it was one of the best days in New Zealand! Alice came to pick me up and then we went to the harbor. the whole crew and the captain were ultra funny and really nice. we did not find any dolphins until noon. but you have noticed that the crew has made a great effort to see which. and when we saw some, the wait was worth it. the team attaches great importance to animal welfare so the animals are not driven. it was wonderful!

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Hi Elina It’s a great written review. Thank you glad you had a great day and thank you for sharing the photo! Happy travels

Ahmed from Saudi Arabia wrote on 18 December 2017

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Amazing stuff

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Ahmed Thank you so much for your positive review. Thank you so much for that from all the crew.. it was an awesome day out Skip

Jiratnira from Thailand wrote on 22 April 2019

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So adorable

It was awesome day, we saw heap dolphins also hammerhead shark, penguins and nearly midday cruise stopped near small island for relax as I swam pretty close with seals, so awesome day but just one thing we wouldn’t know on cruise got nothing for us, the ticket full price excld everything! So please list detail for customer must bring your own lunch due to we would like to buy some meal but on cruise got frozen meal but was expired!!! So we have one day trip and have no food for whole day, so I might say it was my fault not prepared food but Bookme must revise your advertise include all detail about that. Anyway all great :)

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Thanks guys glad you enjoyed the day. Regarding your comments about you paying full price but it did not include lunch. Two pints. We DO NOT include lunch, never have, it’s not part of the price. The people eating/having BBQ bought there own food, as detailed in the booking. When you asked for something to eat the only thing the crew had to offer you was a curry meal, just the one pack in our crew cupboard. Sorry this pack was expired but was all they had to offer. We may be adding meals in future but we are trying to work out the dietary habits of so many international customers. Even this day we had halal BBQ. It’s easier for now that we ask people to bring there own food. Regarding price. You have booked through BOOKME a heavily discounted marketing sales site. We DO NOT sell the full package on this site including all watersports as it would be grossly unfair to the customers booking directly paying full price. Our customers paying full price have priority access to watersports equipment. You were offered access to the equipment at a charge of $30. This is a minimal charge and still provides everything at a discount. You could have paid $30 and had a life time event and paddled with the NZ fur seals that were about the boat at lunch break. Hope this clarifies your confusion, we appreciate your feedback and hope You enjoy your travels

Samuel from United Kingdom wrote on 18 January 2019

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Amazing Expirience!! Great crew!

When I saw people had said it was the best day ever I never believed that it would be exactly that. Beautiful weather. Great staff. And to beat all of that, whales🐳 Didn’t see much for the first 3 hours and then it all came at once! Highly recommended!😅

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Lukas von Daeniken from Switzerland wrote on 02 April 2018

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Awesome

Fantastic day with a fantastic crew!

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