Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise

Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise


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6 - 8 hrs
Depart Strand Tauranga
Tour Type:
Island & Wildlife Cruise

Bay explorer offers you the premium wildlife and adventure seafari experience in the bay of plenty.

You will explore the aquatic world of seasonal marine wildlife; dolphins, seals, penguins, fish, birds and whale encounters. The regular dolphin encounters can range from a few animals to hundreds (superpods).

Other seasonal species regularly encountered are sharks, sunfish, orca (killer whales all year round) turtles and even marlin and tuna are seen

It’s a great way to spend an amazing day.

You are able to get up close to wildlife, making it a photographer’s dream.

You can choose to explore even more at the islands. Optional activities include swimming, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP).

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 island and wildlife adventure.

The BEST DAY EVER includes:

  • A full day cruise on our spacious boat with 360° outdoor views from the largest open-air wildlife watching sun deck.
  • The largest most comfortable boat in Tauranga with loads of space and comforts on two levels. Suitable for all ages.
  • Watch seasonal marine wildlife which may include penguins, seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, school fish, seabirds, sharks and orca.
  • Enjoy an Island stopover and kayak, stand-up paddle board and/or swim. Water sport training and lifejackets for all ages.
  • Onboard BBQ facilities for lunch (please bring your own lunch or your own food for cooking on our BBQ).
  • Cold beer and chilled regional wine from our licenced bar (Eftpos available).
  • Onboard commentary and references with facts on the Bay and local marine wildlife.
  • Our friendly, professional BEST DAY EVER Crew.



Adults: $150

Child (age 6-12yo): $65

Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise


Bay Explorer connects you to the amazing aquatic world. Revel in open space, fresh air and the adventure of a real ocean safari experience.

Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise

Corner The Strand & Wharf Street

Tauranga, 3141


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Depart Strand Tauranga 8am

Explore the aquatic world of seasonal marine wildlife; dolphins, seals, penguins, fish, and occasional whale encounters

Return approximately 2pm

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Linda Williams AvatarLinda Williams

Outstanding! Still buzzing after our flight around the Mount and up the coast. Highly recommended - 12/18/2018 

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Mount Magic Scenic Helicopter Flight

Delissomo AvatarDelissomo

5 star rating Great chopper ride to Wahi beach for luinch We're glad you enjoyed your awesome lunch get away!
Thanks for the awesome review, can't wait to take you adventuring...
read more - 10/09/2019 

barriest Avatarbarriest

5 star rating Awesome experience! I've never been for a helicopter ride. I purchased a present for my Dad's 80th and my sons 10th birthday... read more - 6/16/2019 

Vicki Whitley AvatarVicki Whitley

Wow!!! This was such a mind blowing AWESOME experience!!!!!! Ross flew our helicopter to a delicious cafe in Waihi for... read more - 10/15/2019 

Troy61555 AvatarTroy61555

5 star rating 5 STARS FROM US!! What an experience! Easy booking, great communication and good value! Adventure helicopters really went out of there way to make... read more - 8/05/2019 

Kelly Moczydlowski AvatarKelly Moczydlowski

AWESOME!!! When we landed at Waihi Beach for lunch my cheeks were so sore from grinning from ear to ear,... read more - 10/10/2019 

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5 star rating Scenic Flight Spectacular flight, stunning scenery, knowledgeable pilot and very passionate about his work. We can tell that it is not... read more - 2/07/2019 

MaynJune AvatarMaynJune

5 star rating Birds Eye view of Mount and Tauranga Wonderful trip over the Mount and Tauranga with beautiful views.Great landing on the beach and back up again. Thoroughly recommend.Thank... read more - 3/31/2019 

AviatorExp AvatarAviatorExp

5 star rating Wow - simple awesome We flew as a large group on several scenic flights of Tauranga yesterday with Ross and Shamus of Adventure Helicopters.... read more - 6/23/2019 

Janette Simpson AvatarJanette Simpson

What a day! Lovely smooth flight there and back. Sampled wine enjoyed Stoneyridges sumptuous menu. Thanks for a fabulous day... read more - 9/14/2019 

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Stonyridge Vineyard Lunch Waiheke By Helicopter

Jninenz42 AvatarJninenz42

5 star rating Adventure helicopters Mount Maunganui This company is the best ever We had an amazing experience with them today I highly recommend them to everyone.... read more - 6/22/2019 

Fiona Paterson AvatarFiona Paterson

Absolutely phenomenal experience with Ross and his amazing helicopter! We did a 7 seater flight to Waihi Beach over the... read more - 10/08/2019 

Bob Murray AvatarBob Murray

Perfect present for family. They loved their flight. Will buy again! - 12/17/2018 

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Surf Safari Scenic Helicopter Flight

ianbobR AvatarianbobR

5 star rating Scenic flight Friendly knowledgeable pilot made our short flight around the mount and onto Matakana island a great afternoon out. - 4/02/2019 

A Advent AvatarA Advent

We had an amazing time flying up to Slipper Island with our pilot Shamus! It only took 25 minutes along... read more - 10/08/2019 

Ben Hulme AvatarBen Hulme

Awesome experience! Very professional company to fly with! - 12/17/2018 

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Bay Explorer Scenic Flight

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Bay Explorer Island & Wildlife Cruise