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Bay of Plenty Dolphin and Wildlife Cruise - Half Day

Tauranga - Show on map
For 1 person
1/2 day
$130 each
1 Adult
$130 each

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  • Thrilling fin-to-face encounters with dolphins, seals, sunfish, whales and more
  • Fascinating onboard local commentary
  • Licensed bar with eftpos facilities

Bay of Plenty lives up to its name on this small half-day wildlife cruise taking in the bay and islands. Thrill at up close encounters with dolphins, huge sunfish, fur seals, whales and more. Listen to insightful commentary, spot whales from the top deck, and enjoy a tipple at the licensed bar.

What's Included?

  • Bay of Plenty half-day cruise aboard 18-metre boat with crew
  • Comfortable enclosed seating and large open sun deck with 360-degree views
  • Onboard commentary and local knowledge

Remarkable up-close marine encounters make this half-day cruise of the Bay of Plenty a must-do. Laugh at the playful antics of bottlenose dolphins as they leap and race the boat. Spot sea birds riding the currents, and get within snapping distance of the odd giant sunfish, cute fur seals, penguins, turtles, gleaming schools of fish, and even a shark or two. Whale-lovers will be spoilt for choice. Sir James Cook named Bay of Plenty for its abundant food supply, but it could just as easily have been for the number of whales that call the harbour home. Long-finned pilot whales and orcas feed in these deep blue waters and between May to July southern right whales appear with their calves. You might even spot the rare beaked whale, a toothed whale with a nose like a dolphin. Kick back with a wine or beer from the bar and enjoy informed commentary of the bay and islands. With limited numbers onboard, you're guaranteed a very comfortable, quintessential Kiwi experience and wildlife galore.

Session Length

  • Please allow five hours for the duration of this experience
  • Available seven days a week, excluding Christmas Day
  • Departs 9am and returns by 2pm


Participants must be over 18 to purchase from the bar.


You must be over 18 to purchase from the bar; photo ID may be required.


Once this experience has been confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them according to their policy.


This experience is weather-dependant. If a cruise is rescheduled due to weather conditions there is no additional charge.

Dress Code

Sunscreen is recommended. Please bring along a water bottle, EFTPOS card or cash, lunch, camera and binoculars.

Other Info

If you’re visiting the region, it is recommend you book on your first available day in the Bay, so that if the trip is postponed due to operational circumstances, you may (subject to availability) have the option of an alternate day.

This experience takes place in Tauranga, NZ.