BAY EXPLORER Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise

Tauranga, Mount Manganui, Rotorua

Get a once in a lifetime wildlife encounter… Your half-day Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise begins as you’re welcomed aboard Tauranga’s #1 Cruise, Bay Explorer, located at our 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… it’s the best way to see dolphins in Tauranga and discover seasonal seabirds, penguins, seals, whales, sunfish, school fish, sharks, orca… even turtles! Our Cruise is tailored to those wanting a genuine kiwi experience in nature. It’s a story about our human intrigue with free and wild animals and their natural habitat. We have limited our passenger numbers for comfort and to enable a more personal experience. Our large spacious boat is also ideal for families, there is plenty of room for everyone. Participate by searching for wildlife from the large top deck.

Explore Our Backyard Members Deal

20% off the Dolphin & Wildlife Cruise

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The captain and experienced crew will be sure to point out all that they see so you won’t miss a thing! It really is a shared lifetime experience. Casual informal conversation is encouraged with all our friendly staff Don’t forget your camera as we are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream.

Bay Explorer is a comfortable vessel, It is the largest vessel operating in the Bay of Plenty, 18m, 60ft in length, specifically designed for optimum viewing from the massive platform deck on the top level.

Bay Explorer also operates a licensed bar should you wish to purchase refreshments throughout the tour, you can relax with a beer or wine. Tea, coffee and non- alcoholic beverages are also available. Bring your own lunch and snacks or we can arrange this for you.


  • A 5 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).
  • Food options (prebook) 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!

Accommodation Nearby

Jet Park Hotel Rotorua

Mount Backpackers

Rock Solid Backpackers

Terms & Conditions

  • Available for Explore Our Backyard members only
  • A valid Explore Our Backyard membership card with identification must be presented to staff to claim discount
  • Direct bookings only
  • Not to be used in conjunction with any other discounts, promotions or deals

Activity Info

120 The Strand (Corner of Wharf Street)