Boat and Crew

Welcome aboard the Dolphin Explorer

The ‘Dolphin Explorer’ is a luxury 20 metre (65ft) Powercat that was purpose built to maximise our passenger viewing experience and at the same time make the boat trip around the Hauraki Gulf as comfortable as possible for up to 100 passengers.

With large open decks on two levels and a range of indoor and outdoor seating, you’ll view Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf in comfort. There is a licensed café and bar on board with a range of refreshment options.

Connect with and learn from our highly experienced and knowledgeable crew

Our qualified crew and onboard research scientists provide a fun and educational experience, connecting you with this wonderful planet we all call home.

Andy (‘Skip’)

Senior Captain

I’ve been captaining whale and dolphin watching vessels for over 20 years, both here and in the South Pacific, and would be one of the most experienced whale-watching captains in New Zealand. I have a life-long passion for preserving marine environments and protecting our fantastically diverse species who have their homes there. Engaging with our passengers, explaining how to share, connect and learn is something that gives me and all the crew huge personal satisfaction.

Sarah-Lyn

First Mate/Senior Second Mate

I’ve always wanted to work in an environment with whales and dolphins. I started out by completing a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Marine Biology and Ecology & Biodiversity. I have also worked on several marine mammal research projects around the country. In fact I started coming out on Dolphin Explorer as a marine researcher. Now I work on board and am living the dream! I look forward to meeting you all and sharing in the amazing experience that is seeing these incredible animals thriving in their natural habitat.

Sair

First Mate

I have a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and am a qualified skipper, with extensive boating knowledge from the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park down to the deep south of New Zealand. I’ve worked as a research assistant on various marine projects and love sharing our encounters with guests from all around NZ and the world.

Kirsty

Guide

I have a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Chemistry, and went on to gain my Masters in Marine Science, studying juvenile snapper metabolomics. I’ve also worked as an intern with Conservation International.

Lucia

Guide

I have a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and a Masters in Marine Biology. As well as working on board Dolphin Explorer, I act as a snorkel guide for Experiencing Marine Reserves, a national programme offering experiential learning about marine conservation through guided tours.

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International: (+64) 9357 6032
NZ (Free): 0508 DOLPHINS (365 744)

Email: bookings@awads.co.nz

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