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Enter nature & wide open spaces on a Bay Explorer dolphin & wildlife cruise. Join us for a shared lifetime experience and help protect wild marine animals.
Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise Departing at 9am and returning by 2 – 3pm
Feel what it’s like to be on nature’s terms, there is always an element of discovery and surprise. You’ll e xperience close-up encounters with seasonal marine wildlife – dolphins, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks, turtles and orca.
We operate seven days a week, weather permitting. Should weather conditions prohibit open ocean cruising we will postpone to another date, or offer a full refund.
Hands down the best tourist experience i've ever had.
“Went out with these guys and it wasn’t long before I could sense, not just passion for marine life, but their excitement to share what Tauranga has to offer.”
KO TATOU NEI – IT’S WHO WE ARE
Caring for people, place and planet.
★ PEOPLE – EDUCATE We have made a conscious decision to educate about the eco-system, how the marine environment works
★ PLACE – EXPLORE Tauranga, New Zealand is our home. The ocean is our #bigbluebackyard.
★ PLANET – PROTECT In the ocean, it’s often about protecting what you can’t see. It lives and breathes, like the lungs of the world, and must be protected.
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Our dolphin cruises include more than just dolphins. Seasonal wildlife includes amazing species of seabirds, seals, whales and sharks. Keep a lookout for penguins, occasional sunfish and orca.
What to Bring
Our purpose-built boat is unlike any other in the Bay of Plenty. The viewing platforms are designed to highlight the fantastic local scenery, so you can observe local marine activity at its best. With spacious decks, ample seating options and a covered area for shade and shelter, your comfort is our main priority, . We also has a fully licenced bar with chilled regional wine and beers, along with non-alcoholic beverages.
Travel questions? Scheduling questions? Maybe you have an upcoming private event? If there is any information you would like to know, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be more than happy to help!
Phone: +64 21 605 968
Email: [email protected]
Meet Your Captain
Local marine enthusiast and qualified biologist Brandon Stone is an expert on the marine environment of the Bay of Plenty. It is his goal to help people connect with nature and embrace who we are, ‘ko tatou nei’. It’s about relationships with people and education. It’s about place, an opportunity to explore. And it’s about planet and protection of habitat and species.
“Feel what it’s like to be on nature’s terms, there is always an element of discovery and surprise.”
The Bay Explorer
Bay Explorer are local boat tour specialists who are passionate about all our region has to offer. We are proudly Kiwi owned and operated, with plenty of experience running day trips from Tauranga.
Corner of Wharf Street & The Strand Tauranga New Zealand 3110
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- Passenger numbers are limited to 15 . This ensures your interaction with dolphins and other marine life is greatly enhanced.
- If you choose to get into the water to swim with dolphins you will be supplied with wetsuits, snorkelling equipment and will have the full support of our experienced crew.
- Morning tea and beverages provided. Please remember to bring your lunch.
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Tauranga Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise – Bay Explorer
Bay of Plenty Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise Tauranga
Join the Bay Explorer on a premium wildlife and adventure experience cruising for the day on the biggest charter boat in Tauranga and exploring the beautiful islands around the harbour. Get amongst the unique aquatic world of seasonal marine wildlife – dolphins, whales, seals, sunfish, rays, school fish and birdlife making it a photographers dream. Enjoy many optional activities which include stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking, snorkelling reefs, swimming & hiking.
Your experienced Captain and BEST DAY EVER crew will provide a fascinating commentary on the history, geography and culture of the area. They have knowledge on marine wildlife and personally share with you everything they observe. Books and references are on board to enhance your experience.
Don’t miss this premier Bay of Plenty Dolphin & Wildlife Adventure
Bay Explorer Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise (Half Day)
The Captain and experienced crew lust to share their marine knowledge with you and will provide fascinating commentary and point out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing. A shared lifetime experience. Don’t forget your camera as we are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream. You will return to Tauranga by 2:00pm so you will have the rest of the day to explore our beautiful region, the Bay of Plenty, or continue your travels!
- A half day cruise on our spacious 18 metre vessel with 360° outdoor views.
- Comfortable fully enclosed seating downstairs and a large open sun-deck for wildlife watching upstairs..
- Some of the best marine diversity in New Zealand. Close-up encounters with seasonal marine wildlife –
- Dolphins: Orca: Penguins: NZ fur Seals: Whales: Sunfish (Molamola): School fish: seabirds: Sharks: Turtles
- Cold beer and chilled regional wines from our licenced bar and non-alcoholic drinks (Eftpos available).
- Food options or bring your own lunch and snacks
- Onboard commentary and references with facts on the Bay and local marine wildlife.
- Our friendly, professional Bay Explorer Crew
- Photos of a lifetime!
Don’t miss this premier Bay of Plenty half day wildlife adventure!
Custom Charter Cruises
Licenced Bar with cold beer, chilled regional wine and non-alcoholic beverages ready to serve.
Large interior saloon and large spacious viewing deck
Catering available and an onboard BBQ facility
Tuhua (Mayor) Island
Phone: o21 605 968
Email: [email protected] Visit our Website: bayexplorer.co.nz/
Booking for Tauranga Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise – Bay Explorer
Dolphin Viewing and Swimming
Our Wildlife Tour to watch and swim with wild dolphins in the Bay of Plenty is a must on any bucket list. Our 6-hour boat tour departs daily (November to May) from Tauranga on our spacious catamaran, ideal for viewing and swimming.
Dolphin Seafaris is an ecotour operator and provider of wild dolphin swimming in the Bay. Our trips depart daily from Tauranga Bridge Marina during the summer months (November to May). Our spacious high speed vessel is fully equipped for a fun, safe, comfortable, stable, family friendly tour. We have swim bars to give you the best in-water experience. Our common dolphins love to surf and play around the boat and our customers. All the equipment for swimming is included as well as free hot drinks and light snacks. Each trip is exciting and different with a variety of marine mammals. Only 2.5 hours from Auckland, 45 minutes from Rotorua and 35 minutes from Hobbiton.
Business Hours: 7am - 7pm, 7 days.
Months of Operation: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Nov, Dec
FACILITIES AND FEATURES
Proximity to town: Just over Tauranga Harbour Bridge, within 1km.
Proximity to airport: 5-7 minutes drive to Tauranga Airport.
Proximity to bus: Closest bus stop 10 minute walk.
Parking: Free parking in Marina 24 hour security.
Weather Considerations: All trips are weather dependant.
PRICING AND CONDITIONS
Activity Duration: 6 hours approximately
Conditions: Dolphin Seafaris offers a free return voucher if we were unable to find dolphins on the trip. The voucher is valid for 1 year, and is non refundable, non transferable. This return voucher is our way of saying thanks for choosing to see the dolphins in the wild. We also offer free hot drinks as well as light snack on all trips.
Cancellation Policy: All our trips are weather dependent and may be cancelled if skipper decides sea conditions offshore are not conducive to our operation. Dolphin Seafaris has a 48 hour non-refundable cancellation policy. Minimum numbers apply to each trip. We require you contact us the night before to confirm numbers and weather conditions.
Bay Explorer Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty
Get right up close to dolphins, whales & more on Tauranga’s largest wildlife watching vessel.
Tauranga Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise
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Enter nature and wide open spaces on a Bay Explorer dolphin & wildlife cruise. Join us for a shared lifetime experience and help protect wild marine animals.
Departing at 9am and returning by 2pm – 3pm
Your half day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise begins as you’re welcomed aboard the Bay Explorer at Tauranga waterfront jetty. You will spend the cruise exploring the pristine Bay of Plenty coastline and islands, where we will showcase the amazing diversity of Tauranga’s marine wildlife. With dolphins swimming alongside our vessel, it’s the best way to see dolphins in Tauranga. Watch seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca… even turtles!
- A 5 – 6 hour dolphin & wildlife watching cruise on our spacious 18 metre vessel, with 360° outdoor views.
- Comfortable fully enclosed seating downstairs and a large open sun-deck for wildlife watching.
- Some of the best marine diversity in New Zealand.
- Close-up encounters with seasonal marine wildlife – dolphins, whales, penguins, seals, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks, turtles and orca.
- Cold beer and chilled regional wines from our licenced bar and non-alcoholic beverages (Eftpos available).
- F ood options, or bring your own lunch and snacks.
- Onboard commentary and references with facts on the Bay and local marine wildlife.
- Our friendly, professional Bay Explorer Crew
- Photos of a lifetime!
Bay Explorer also offers:
- Tauranga Scenic Harbour Cruise
- Tailored private charters for Corporate Functions, Work Cruises, Private Celebrations, Xmas Cruises, Birthdays, etc.
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Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise – Tauranga
Did you know that Tauranga, New Zealand is home to a stunning array of marine wildlife? On the Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise, participants have the chance to spot not just dolphins , but also penguins , seals , whales , sharks , turtles , and even orca .
This family-friendly adventure takes place on a spacious 18-meter vessel, offering 360° outdoor views and comfortable seating . The knowledgeable crew provides informative commentary about the Bay and its fascinating inhabitants, making this more than just a leisurely cruise.
Departing from the Waterfront Jetty, across from Starbucks Cafe, this half-day excursion promises an unforgettable experience for nature enthusiasts of all ages.
So, get ready to embark on a thrilling wildlife safari and discover the wonders of Tauranga’s marine ecosystem.
About Our Review: Please note that this is our review of this tour and we do not run, sell, or book tours from this site. If you want to book this tour please click the large button at the base of this page to go to the official listing on Viator.
Good To Know
- The half-day dolphin-watching tour from Tauranga offers the opportunity to spot a variety of marine wildlife, including penguins , seals, whales, sharks, orca, and turtles.
- The tour is ideal for families, as it is conducted on a small boat and provides a personalized experience.
- The 18-meter vessel used for the cruise offers 360° outdoor views, comfortable seating, and a large open sun-deck.
- The tour includes close-up encounters with marine wildlife, onboard commentary about the Bay and local marine wildlife, and a friendly and professional crew.
It's also worth checking out some other tours and experiences nearby.
- From Tauranga: Half Day Swimming With Dolphins Tour
- Tauranga: Glowworm Tour in a Big Kanu (canoe)
- Tauranga: Mount Maunganui Harbour Sightseeing Cruise
- Tauranga: Evening Glow Worm Kayak Tour
Overview of the Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise
The Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise in Tauranga offers an up-close and personal experience, allowing passengers to spot a variety of marine animals while learning about the local marine environment from the knowledgeable crew.
This cruise isn’t only a thrilling adventure but also an opportunity to contribute to marine conservation efforts. The crew educates passengers about the importance of protecting the local marine species and their habitats, highlighting the need for sustainable practices.
As the boat sails through the crystal-clear waters, passengers can witness the beauty and diversity of the marine life in the area. From playful dolphins to majestic whales, from curious penguins to graceful turtles, there’s no shortage of fascinating creatures to observe.
This immersive experience leaves passengers with a deep appreciation for the wonders of the ocean and a desire to protect it for future generations.
Inclusions on the Cruise
Inclusions on the Cruise:
A half-day cruise on a spacious 18-meter vessel with 360° outdoor views, allowing you to fully learn about the stunning surroundings of Tauranga’s coastline.
Comfortable fully enclosed seating downstairs and a large open sun-deck, providing the perfect vantage point to spot and observe the diverse marine life.
Close-up encounters with penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish , seabirds , sharks, turtles, and even orcas , ensuring an unforgettable wildlife experience.
Onboard commentary and references about the Bay and local marine wildlife, offering a unique opportunity to learn about the fascinating ecosystem from the knowledgeable and friendly Bay Explorer Crew.
Embark on this adventure-filled cruise and get ready for thrilling dolphin encounters and marine education . With a spacious vessel, comfortable seating, and multiple opportunities to witness the wonders of the ocean, this tour is designed to provide an immersive and educational experience that the whole family can enjoy.
Don’t miss the chance to witness the diverse marine life and learn about the Bay’s ecosystem during this unforgettable half-day cruise.
Meeting and Pickup Information
During the Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise in Tauranga, participants are required to meet at 120 The Strand, Tauranga 3110 , New Zealand, at a check-in time between 8.30 am and 8.45 am. Located at the Waterfront Jetty across from Starbucks Cafe, the pickup accessibility is convenient for all travelers.
Once everyone is checked in, the adventure begins at 9.00 am. As the boat sets sail, be prepared for exciting wildlife sightings . From penguins and seals to dolphins, whales, sunfish, seabirds, sharks, turtles, and even orcas, there’s a chance to encounter a variety of marine creatures up close.
Throughout the cruise, the friendly and professional Bay Explorer Crew will provide onboard commentary, sharing fascinating facts about the Bay and its diverse marine wildlife.
Get set for an engaging, informative, and adventurous experience on this Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise.
Expectations and Requirements for Participants
Participants should expect and meet certain requirements for the Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise in Tauranga. Here are some participant expectations and age restrictions to keep in mind:
All participants must have a confirmed booking. This ensures that everyone has a spot reserved for the cruise.
The cruise is wheelchair accessible, making it suitable for individuals with mobility challenges.
Children must be accompanied by an adult for their safety and enjoyment throughout the cruise.
The minimum drinking age for the cruise is 18+ years, ensuring a responsible and enjoyable experience for all participants.
Cancellation Policy for the Cruise
What is the cancellation policy for the Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise in Tauranga?
The cancellation policy for this cruise offers a full refund for cancellations made up to 24 hours in advance. However, if you cancel less than 24 hours before the start time, no refund will be given. It’s important to note that any changes made less than 24 hours before the start time won’t be accepted.
This cruise is also weather-dependent, so if the experience needs to be canceled due to poor weather conditions , you’ll have the option to reschedule for a different date or receive a full refund. Plus, please keep in mind that there’s a minimum number of travelers required for the cruise to proceed. In the event that this minimum isn’t met, you’ll have the option to reschedule or receive a full refund.
Directions to the Departure Point
The meeting point for the Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise in Tauranga is located at 120 The Strand, Tauranga 3110, New Zealand. Here are the directions to the departure point:
By Car: Take State Highway 2 and follow the signs to Tauranga. Once in Tauranga, head towards the waterfront and look for 120 The Strand. There’s parking available nearby.
By Public Transportation: Take the bus to Tauranga CBD and get off at the Willow Street bus stop. From there, it’s just a short walk to 120 The Strand. Check the bus schedule for the best route and timing.
By Taxi or Ride-Share: Arrange for a taxi or use a ride-share service to drop you off directly at 120 The Strand. It’s a convenient option if you prefer not to drive or take public transportation.
By Walking or Cycling: If you’re staying nearby, consider walking or cycling to the departure point. Enjoy the scenic views along the waterfront as you make your way to 120 The Strand.
No matter which transportation option you choose, make sure to arrive between 8.30 am and 8.45 am for check-in. Get set for an adventure-filled half day cruise with close-up encounters with dolphins, penguins, seals, and more.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Best Time of Year to Go on the Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise in Tauranga?
The best months to go on the half day dolphin & wildlife cruise in Tauranga are during the summer season, from December to February. During this time, the weather conditions are favorable for spotting dolphins and other marine wildlife.
Is There a Maximum Capacity for the Cruise Boat?
Yes, there is a maximum capacity for the cruise boat. To ensure a spot, booking is required. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see dolphins and wildlife up close on this exciting adventure.
Are There Restroom Facilities Available on the Boat?
Yes, there are restroom facilities available on the boat during the half-day dolphin & wildlife cruise. The duration of the cruise is approximately half a day, providing ample time to enjoy the marine wildlife and beautiful views.
Can I Bring My Own Food and Drinks on the Cruise?
Yes, passengers are allowed to bring their own food and drinks on the cruise. This allows for a more personalized and comfortable experience, ensuring that everyone can enjoy their favorite snacks and beverages while enjoying the breathtaking wildlife and scenery.
Is There a Specific Dress Code for the Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise?
There is no specific dress code for the half-day dolphin and wildlife cruise. However, it is recommended to wear comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear for a day on the water. Dressing in layers is also advised for changing weather conditions.
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Embark on the Half Day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise in Tauranga for an unforgettable adventure in the stunning waters of New Zealand.
This family-friendly tour offers the chance to spot an array of marine creatures while enjoying the comfort of a spacious vessel.
With informative commentary from the knowledgeable crew, participants can learn about the fascinating local wildlife and the beautiful Bay.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to create lasting memories and connect with the wonders of nature.
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