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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!

Highlights

  • 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!

 

Important: CHECK-IN IS AT 8:30am (allow time in traffic and for parking)

Departs: From The Strand, Tauranga daily at 9:00am returning by 2.00pm latest.

Parking available down The Strand waterfront down Dive Crescent

Adult $130.00
Child $75.00 (6 -12 years)
Infant $20.00 (5 years and under)

Duration

  • Allow approximately 5 hours for the whole experience

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • 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 September 12 to September 18

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Sat 12 Sep
Sun 13 Sep
Mon 14 Sep
Tue 15 Sep
Wed 16 Sep
Thu 17 Sep
Fri 18 Sep

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$83.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant$20.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$75.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant$20.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$83.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant$20.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$75.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant$20.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$95.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant$20.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$85.00
  • Child$75.00
  • Infant$20.00

12+spaces priced from:

  • Adult$75.00
  • Child$75.00
  • 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

4.7

26 reviews

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Francoise from New Zealand wrote on 02 December 2019

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Magical day

Experienced staff, incredible experience. Would recommend to anyone and everyone!

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Thank you Francoise we're so glad you enjoyed your day! Our staff enjoy taking care of our passengers and love to share their passion for the marine environment.

Gizelle from Australia wrote on 28 March 2020

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Amazing and knowledgeable crew

What an amazing day on the water. Dolphins, penguins, other bird life, fish and good conversation.

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Joaquin Ferreyra from New Zealand wrote on 25 March 2020

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Great!!!

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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Ambrish from New Zealand wrote on 11 January 2020

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Average Experince

The overall Experience was Average because of the following reasons: 1. The caption / sailor of the vessel was not providing enough of information of the places. 2. The attempt to find the marine was minimal. We just identified 3 dolphins and that all (apart from sea-gals) 3. Throughout the Journey till we reach Motitini Island, we have the been told that we will do a stop over the island for lunch. when we reach near to island, we were told that this is private island and bay explorer is not having the permission to land on island. The only good part of the trip was the kayaking which we enjoyed !!! Seriously, paying so must to do just Kayaking is not value for money. I don't recommend this tour to anyone.

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We are a little surprised by this rating. It’s a Dolphins d Wildlife Cruise. We can not control how many dolphins we encounter, three is a very small number indeed. However we regularly have encounters of over 100. I can guarantee the staff crew will put 100% into finding marine wildlife, our encounter rate is over 98 percent. You refered to stopping off ON AN ISLAND .. we never stop on an island, our promotional literature clearly states it’s an island stopover at a cove for watersports. This is the Island and Wildlife Cruise full day, not the product you are reviewing here. Regarding only seeing seagulls.. that is absolutely not true. On every trip we will see Pryons Shearwaters Gannets Turns Shags Penguins and the gulls . Hope you have happy travels and best read your trip details before booking I will pass onto the crew your feedback, they will be disappointed

Zilma from Chile wrote on 05 January 2020

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Very disappointed

3 tickets and half day wasted. No dolphins at all. Do something else with your time and money.

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OMG your sour tongue!! Even today we had Orca Killer Whales with us .. we have incredible encounters. We can not understand how you did not enjoy the orcas and demanded to see dolphins. Orcas are actually dolphins by the way!! We appreciate that in Chile you have orca and this was not special for you.. however for the other customers it was a trip of a lifetime. Not to readers when we see orca it’s unlikely but not impossible to see other dolphins in the same area and we can take some time searching away from any Orca !! Check our Instagram ot FB to see awesome images of our cruises

10:00 a.m.Thursday 13 July

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