The 'Dolphin Explorer' + our amazing Crew

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.


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 the Senior Captain

Andy ('Skip') – Senior Captain

I’ve been captaining whale and dolphin watching vessels for over 20 years, both here and 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

Working in an environment with whales and dolphins is what I have always wanted to do. I started out by completing a Bachelor of Science with majors 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 onboard 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.