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Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise

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Bay Explorer connects you to the amazing aquatic world. Join us in cruising on our spacious boat with 360 degree outdoor views from the largest open-air wildlife viewing sun deck. Highlights of all our tours include watching seasonal marine wildlife...more
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Tauranga 3110, New Zealand
+64 21 605 968
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All reviews paddle boarding blue penguins flying fish saw dolphins top deck pod of dolphins marine biologist knowledgeable crew sun fish pristine waters marine environment amazing experience dolphin watching swim in the ocean sea birds recommended trip fantastic trip
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked a half day tour very last minute but it got cancelled so Brandon messaged us way past office hours to ask if we wanted to be upgraded to a full day. We could not be happier : our two guides, Nick and Jack,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 295remiv
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went out with my partner for my birthday and had an incredible day! In the morning we rode alongside a huge pod of common dolphin for around 45 minutes, and also saw a hammerhead shark, blue penguin, seal, school of tuna and flying fish. For...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank gracewright-nz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you want a very relaxing and an exciting day, then I would recommend going on their "best day ever" cruise. Jack and Nick took our tour, and they make it their goal to make your day as memorable as possible. They're chill and nice...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve been out on Bay Explorer before and couldn’t not go again! Definitely had a magical day out on the BE. We were fortunate enough to see dolphins, seals and a quick glimpse of a sunfish and all in all a wonderful day out to...More

Thank kinethereseb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A Christmas present given to us by our daughter and grandchildren, an experience that was truly awesome. Nick the Captain commanded the ship with great ability twisting and turning to help us experience our sea life encounters. I think we were very lucky as we...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Trevor N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on a half day 6 hour cruise and the trip was epic. Jack and the captain were both amazing with my 3.5 year old son. Dolphins were incredible, so many as far as the eye could see and they surfed with the boat...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank KatrinaB1975
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome staff, very friendly and approachable. We really enjoyed our time and were fortunate enough to see a pod of dolphins swimming with the boat and even an elusive hammerhead shark on the way home. Awesome time and trip, great work and highly recommend!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JNPpandaprints
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

From a cloudy start to the day that turned out to be blue skies. To seeing dolphins and their baby, kids excitement, bbq lunch on the boat, kayaking and swimming at Mayor Island. Enjoying the day with family and friends. We could not have asked...More

Thank IlseS2011
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we took our grandchildren aged 3 and 5 on this trip. Great staff and very knowledgeable . Saw a hammer head shark and Dolphins. Looked for a Great White Shark but didn't find it.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jo w
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I did the full day BEST DAY EVER tour with Bay Explorer. The skipper and Jack were super-friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and they went out of their way to make sure everyone had everything they needed and to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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27 October 2018|
Response from TeAwanui | Property representative |
Hi there. We have some beautiful sunny days in Mid November with the temperature averaging around 20 degrees celcius. The water is still a bit cooler so recommend bringing a wet suit if you do have access to one.
30 July 2018|
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Response from shereeann | Reviewed this property |
Maybe contact them directly, they are very helpful !
28 September 2016|
Response from TeAwanui | Property representative |
I'm sorry we are unavailable tomorrow it is a poor forecast. High swell with winds Regards Brandon