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Island and Wildlife Cruise - Full Day


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


  • 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
  • Tauranga's largest charter boat
  • Take a dip in the calm waters or relax and soak up the beautiful scenery

Spend the cruise exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty coastline and islands which 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 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 refreshing beer.

Non-alcoholic beverages are also available.

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!

Important: CHECK-IN IS AT 7:30am (allow time in traffic and for parking)

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

Adult $150.00
Child $90.00
Infant $20.00


  • Allow approximately 8 hours 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.


  • Parking available down The Strand waterfront 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.

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

    Optional Extra: Water-sports (Kayaks & Stand Up Paddle-boards) are not included in this deal however ask the crew on board and they will happily upgrade you at an additional cost

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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Anna from China wrote on 28 January 2020

Amazing experience

It is a nice day out and really nice to have the amazing crew on board. We are so lucky to see the absolutely beautiful creature of the sea. Along with 100+ dolphins we also see a hammer shark and several penguins. as a person who often get sea sick while sail, this trip is so comfort and I did not feel sickness at all. Photos taken by me and my friend.

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Aimee Lafferty from Canada wrote on 11 February 2020

Loads of dolphins

Had an excellent time. Got to see lots of dolphins, some sharks, stingray. It was fun to also get to have a dip in a beautiful bay

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Helen Torrey from New Zealand wrote on 31 January 2020

Awe inspiring, fun day! Awesome crew

This was an absolutely awesome day on the water. From the moment we stepped up onto the quay to the moment we stepped off the boat at the end of the day, Brandon and Heidi were friendly and professional, welcoming and informative, we felt like we were part of their 'adventure family'. We enjoyed cruising, searching for any marine life and then the excitement of spotting something, e.g. hammerhead shark, turtle, dolphins, penguins and other bird life. At the island stopover some also managed to see a variety of stingray. We felt thoroughly saturated with two amazing dolphin pod encounters. Brandon's information and care for these majestic creatures while we quietly cruised or paused amongst them was excellent. Heidi's alert eyes spotting the dolphin pods and her excitement as she shared the experience and knowledge was very enjoyable. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and would very highly recommend this tour! Thanks Brandon & Heidi. Helen & Gordon

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Jo Parsons from New Zealand wrote on 26 January 2020


Absolutely amazing day out, we saw lots of wildlife and highly recommend this to others.

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Helen Kiernan from New Zealand wrote on 24 January 2020

Stunning day.

Stunning day on the water. Sharing the day with dolphins, hammerheads, gannets, penguin, shearwaters topped off with a beautiful swim in a sheltered bay of Mayor Island and a cold beer in the deck in the way home. Very memorable.

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