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Island Hopper Day Cruise - sailing to wildlife sanctuary island - 6 hr cruise

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Paihia, New Zealand
Island Hopper Day Cruise - sailing to wildlife sanctuary island - 6 hr cruise

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

The Bay of Islands is made up of 144 islands, and the best way to explore them is by boat. On this island-hopping day cruise, you can relax on board a comfortable catamaran while admiring the beautiful views of the sea, islands, and maybe even some dolphins. Snorkel, swim, or paddle board, and stop on land to visit a wildlife sanctuary. This is the easy way to see the bay, as it’s difficult to travel here independently without a boat.
  • All activities, and use of snorkel equipment, are included
  • Morning tea and lunch will be provided
  • Learn about the area through live on-board commentary
  • A fun day out for the whole family
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Lunch
Coffee and/or Tea
All activities
Live commentary on board
Local guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Bottled water

Departure Point

Marsden Road, Paihia Beach, Paihia 0247, New Zealand

You will find the Barefoot sailing catamaran anchored on the shore line at Paihia Beach, it won't be hard to find, it has Barefoot Sailing Adventures sign written along the side, and it is usually anchored at least 30 min prior to departure.

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This trip requires a reasonable level of physical ability to safety board the boat, this can be challenging for people with knee problems
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A maximum of 16 people per booking
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved if you choose to do the island walks, please wear appropriate footwear
  • Due to uneven surfaces, and a moving boat, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Snorkel participants must be able to swim competently in open water for a distance of 200m
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Barefoot Sailing Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Island Hopper Day Cruise - sailing to wildlife sanctuary island - 6 hr cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Island Hopper Day Cruise - sailing to wildlife sanctuary island - 6 hr cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Island Hopper Day Cruise - sailing to wildlife sanctuary island - 6 hr cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Island Hopper Day Cruise - sailing to wildlife sanctuary island - 6 hr cruise.

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  • "You are in full sun for a large part of the day, so hat, sunscreen etc are necessary." See review
  • "It really is barefoot sailing which made it all the more fun!" See review

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Kick back, relax and enjoy.
Colleen_B
, Jan 2021
After days of driving this was just what I needed. Time to relax, enjoy and just take in the scenery and sea air. Luke was a fabulous host informing us of the geography and history as we went along. I enjoyed the silence of the yachting and the beanbags around the deck made for a comfortable day. It was great to stop over on a lovely beach for 2 hours to enjoy a swim, snorkel, paddle board and walk. Lunch was ample. The ideal experience if you don’t like crowds with only 10 on board.. just make sure that you have plenty of water, sunblock and water. A great day!!
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A gorgeous day!
Hayleigh_R
, Jan 2021
Amazing! V. highly recommend. These guys were so lovely and offered us a great day and experience. Very knowledgeable and fun but very down to earth. We even had the chance to have a go helping out with the sails and steering. If you're fed up with bog-standard commercial trips, this is for you. Boat was pleasant and comfy. Snorkelling equipment and paddleboards were perfect for on the island too. The small group number also meant for a much more positive experience than other places as it wasn't noisy or cramped.
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Highlight of our Northland roadie
Rebecca_D
, Dec 2020
My boyfriend and I did the day cruise with Luke and Rachel a few days ago and it was incredible. From the moment we got on board we were entertained by Luke's sense of humour and made to feel comfortable by Rachel's hospitality. We were fortunate enough to get a beautiful day (although the wind was nonexistent in the morning) and sailed back to Paihia. It really is barefoot sailing which made it all the more fun! 10/10 would recommend!
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Tour of the Bay
noralearoyd
, Jan 2020
Very relaxed and wonderful day out. Guides were fun and helpful. Picnic lunch was just right. You are in full sun for a large part of the day, so hat, sunscreen etc are necessary. It was great to be on the water.
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Barefoot Sailing
Mary_C
, Dec 2019
Barefoot Sailing were fantastic, great host, lots of information and fun. Had opportunity to snorkel and paddleboard Thank you Luke

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