|First appearance||Super Mario Sunshine (2002)|
|Latest appearance||Super Mario 3D All-Stars (2020)|
|Greater location||Isle Delfino|
|Inhabitants||Nokis, Raccoon, Cheep-Cheeps|
- “This bay actually contains the tomb of an ancient Noki king! When you spray water on the wall paintings, a path usually opens. It's almost like magic!”
- —Noki elder, Super Mario Sunshine
Noki Bay is one of the areas of Isle Delfino, the main setting of Super Mario Sunshine. Noki Bay is located at the north behind the island's "dorsal fin." As the name implies, this area is a home to the Nokis. In order to access Noki Bay, the player has to have collected at least twenty Shine Sprites. Doing so will cause a column of light to appear at the pier of Delfino Plaza, and staring up into it will transport Mario to Noki Bay, similar to the method used when entering the Tower of the Wing Cap in Super Mario 64.
Noki Bay is notable for having by far the fewest interactive friendly characters of any major area in Super Mario Sunshine. Throughout all of Noki Bay's episodes, the only characters who Mario can talk to are the Noki elder, his grandson, the grandson's wife (who also carries their infant child), and the Raccoon who runs the mudboat rental shop. However, many more friendly Nokis appear in the underwater city in Episode 8, but they cannot be spoken to.
Noki Bay has several platforms along the mountain and large pillar-like structures rising out of the water. The pillars have large shells at the top, with one leading to a secret course, and the pillars are connected together by ropes. Before completing Episode 4, the water in the bay is polluted and will damage Mario if he tries to swim in it. In several of the episodes, there are a number of platforms floating in the water, with some being trampolines.
Directly ahead of where the player starts is a large cliff-side with many platforms leading up it. Mario has to make use of Lifts and Wall Jumps in order to progress upward. During the first episode, many of the platforms are covered by goop, and washing away the graffiti on the walls will cause the platforms to reappear. At the top of all the platforms is a hole where a large waterfall is flowing out of. At the bottom of the waterfall is a large cavern where Episodes 4 and 8 take place.
To the left of the players starting point is a coastal area where a large ruin is embedded in the cliff. Placed along the cliff are several wall paintings that will recede into the wall and reveal a path when sprayed. At the base of the cliff and along the coast is a Boat Rental shop run by a Raccoon, who according to a nearby sign charges 90,000 coins for his rentals. In the first episode, the shop's mudboat is adrift due to the waterfall being clogged, but in later episodes, the raccoon allows Mario to use the boat for free. After Mario cleans Eely Mouth's teeth and the bay's water is clear again, the raccoon thanks Mario for cleaning the bay.
Uncork the Waterfall
|This episode's objective is to defeat the Monty Mole at the top of the cliff.|
The Boss of Tricky Ruins
|This episode's objective is to defeat Gooper Blooper at the top of the ruins.|
Red Coins in a Bottle
|This episode's objective is to collect the red coins in a small bottle.|
|This episode's objective is to “defeat” Eely-Mouth at the bottom of the bay.|
Il Piantissimo's Surf Swim
|This episode's objective is to race against Il Piantissimo.|
The Shell's Secret
|This episode's objective is to reach a shell at the top of the bay and complete its secret course.|
Hold It, Shadow Mario!
|This episode's objective is to defeat Shadow Mario as he runs around Noki Bay.|
The Red Coin Fish
|This episode's objective is to collect the red coins in the underwater cavern.|
A Golden Bird
|This episode's objective is to find and spray a golden bird.|
Red Coins on the Half Shell
|This episode's objective is to collect the red coins in the Shell's Secret.|
- Bloopers (during Episode 2)
- Bob-ombs (during Episode 1)
- Cheep Cheeps and Punchers
- Swoopin' Stus (during Episode 1)
- Wire Traps
- Monty Mole (Boss of Episode 1)
- Gooper Blooper (Boss of Episode 2)
- Eely-Mouth (Boss of Episode 4)
- Shadow Mario (Boss of Episode 7)
NOTE: Because Red Coins in a Bottle takes place entirely within the Noki elder's bottle, no Blue Coins can be obtained during that episode.
|1||All||Floating above the water near the starting platform; in the first episode, it is also near where the adrift boat starts.|
|2||All||Floating above the water to the right of Blue Coin 1. Mario can use FLUDD to steer the boat to where he can reach it even when the water is poisonous.|
|3||All||Underneath the waterfall, there is a line of yellow coins leading to a blue coin at the bottom guarded by a Cheep-Cheep.|
|4||All||From the area where Mario finds the Gold Bird for the Shine Sprite in Episode 9, Mario must jump off and aim for an area where eight wall paintings can be seen on the wall. Spraying the wall paintings reveals two blue coins.|
|5||All||See Blue Coin 4.|
|6||All||From the area where Blue Coins 4 and 5 are obtained, Mario must jump down to the larger alcove on the right (facing away from the wall) and spray the wall painting to reveal a hidden area with the blue coin.|
|7||All||From Blue Coin 6, Mario must jump down and to the left (facing away from the wall) to an alcove with two wall paintings, spraying the one on the right to reveal the blue coin.|
|8||All||From Blue Coin 7, Mario must jump to the down to the ledge and spray the wall painting to reveal a hidden area with the blue coin in it.|
|9||All||From Blue Coin 8, Mario must jump down to the alcove with the blank wall painting on the side and spray it to make it pull back. He must then jump up the wall until he reaches an alcove with a blue coin in it.|
|10||All (Rocket Nozzle recommended)||At the cliff across from the one where the Gold Bird is found, Mario must use the Rocket Nozzle to jump and reach a hole that contains the blue coin.|
|11||All (Rocket Nozzle recommended)||To the right (facing towards the cliff) of Blue Coin 10, there is another hole in the cliff. To reach this one, the Rocket Nozzle in combination with a Spin Jump must be used.|
Alternatively, Mario can climb to the top of the titular shell from Episode 6: The Shell's Secret, jump toward the enclosure with the blue coin, and Rocket Nozzle into the hole.
|12||All||To the right (facing towards the cliff) of Blue Coin 11, there is graffiti on the wall.|
|13||All||Above the platform that shoots Mario to the top of the cliff where the Gold Bird is found, there is another platform. Mario may either use the Rocket Nozzle from the platform below it, or the Hover Nozzle from the top of the cliff to reach it. Spraying the wall paintings reveals the blue coin.|
|14||All||Mario must drop down the cliff where the Gold Bird is found to the highest ledge (this ledge is above the one where Blue Coin 13 is found). Spraying the wall painting reveals an alcove containing the blue coin.|
|15||Episodes 2-8||There is an alcove containing a blue coin in the first wall-maze that Mario uses to climb up to the area where Gooper Blooper in fought in Episode 2.|
|16||Episodes 2-8||There is an alcove in the second wall-maze that Mario uses to climb up to the area where Gooper Blooper is fought in Episode 2.|
|17||Episodes 2-8||In the room where the Shine Sprite is obtained in Episode 2, Mario must spray the large urns.|
|18||Episodes 2-8||See Blue Coin 17.|
|19||All||To the right of the first pulley wheel (where the second lift is), there is a ledge that Mario can hang on and go across. At the end of the ledge to the left, Mario must spray the wall painting, which opens an indentation containing the blue coin.|
|20||All||Continuing along the aforementioned ledge, Mario reaches an alcove at the end of the ledge. He must rest at one of the holes in the middle to avoid falling off. When the end of the ledge is reached, Mario can execute repeated Wall Jumps to reach the blue coin at the top.|
|21||All||At the top of a line of coins above where the nozzle box containing the Rocket Nozzle is located.|
|22||All||In a small alcove above where the nozzle box containing the Rocket Nozzle is located. After Mario collects this blue coin, he will be knocked out of the alcove into the water.|
|23||All||Behind the second pulley wheel, there is another ledge; Mario must follow this to its end and spray the wall painting to reveal a hole with a blue coin inside.|
|24||All||In the alcove below the top of the waterfall cliff where the nozzle box containing the Turbo Nozzle is located.|
|25||Episode 6||Mario must spray the O Graffiti at the bottom of the waterfall cliff.|
|26||Episode 6||Paired O Graffiti near the Raccoon's hut.|
|27||Episodes 4 and 8||On a pillar in the special area below the waterfall.|
|28||Episodes 4 and 8||See Blue Coin 27.|
|29||Episodes 4 and 8||See Blue Coin 27.|
|30||Episodes 4 and 8||See Blue Coin 27.|
- Right next to the mudboat shop.
- Mario must climb the southwestern (north being the ocean) wall to find the nozzle box at the top. Only available in Episodes 1, 2, 6, and 7.
- There is a hole in the wall that is close to the start of the waterfall where the nozzle box can be found. It is only available in Episode 6. In any other episode, it is replaced with a 1-Up Mushroom trapped inside an ice block.
Steep cliffs and sea beds are what the Nokis call home. The huge waterfall and three soaring towers resonate with mystic history.
The theme heard in Noki Bay is performed by a wide variety of different flutes (such as the Western flute and panflute, among others). They are accompanied by harp, xylophones, and various other percussion instruments. It was composed by Shinobu Tanaka.
| Noki Bay - Noki Bay theme||File info|
Names in other languages
Māre no irie
|Mare (Noki) Bay|
|French||Baie Noki||Noki Bay|
|German||Baia Paradiso||Baia Paradiso; Baia means bay and Paradiso is the German name for Noki|
|Italian||Baia dei Noki||Nokis' Bay|
|Spanish||Cala del Sole||Sole (Sun in Italian) Bay, sounding similar to "Calisol", Noki's Spanish name|
- Noki Bay is the only area in the game that cannot be clearly seen from any other location. Additionally, Corona Mountain is the only other location that can be seen from Noki Bay. If a player climbs to the very top of Pianta Village, it is possible to see the cut in the cliff where the bay resides, but the details of the level are not visible.
- In the Super Mario Sunshine intro, the waterfall, along with a few shell structures of the bay, can be briefly seen in the welcome video.
- Despite Yoshi not appearing in any of the Noki Bay episodes, a version of the Noki Bay theme music with Yoshi's bongo drums can be found in the game's coding.
- Noki Bay has the most bosses in Super Mario Sunshine with a total count of 3 bosses, not including Shadow Mario/Bowser Jr.
- Noki Bay has the deepest water levels in all the areas of the game.
- When the player is fighting Gooper Blooper in the second mission, the music when fighting a Gatekeeper plays instead of the regular boss theme, indicating it is intended as a miniboss theme.