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Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour by Vigilant Yacht Charters
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Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour by Vigilant Yacht Charters

By Vigilant Yacht Charters
Recommended by 98% of travellers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Discover the ocean views, sandy beaches, and lush islands that make the Bay of Islands so popular. This small-group yacht charter lets you explore at a leisurely pace and enjoy the undivided attention of your guide. Head ashore to hike around the islands, dive in to swim and snorkel, and look out for wildlife such as dolphins, seals, and seabirds.
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Ages 1-80, max of 10 per group
Duration: 5h 30m
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Highlights
  • Magnificent views of the Bay of Islands from the water
  • Multiple stops to swim, snorkel, or hike
  • Delicious lunch served on-board as you cruise between the islands
  • Small-boat charter with space for up to 10 people

  • Lunch
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Kayaks
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Local guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities


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  • Russell Booking and Information, The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
    We will be on the Russell dock waiting for you, if you cannot find us feel free to ask the Information centre at the end of the dock to point us out! You need to be on the dock by 945am, departure is at 10am sharp.
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    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 53073P1

    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    How much is Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour by Vigilant Yacht Charters?
    Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour by Vigilant Yacht Charters price starts from $148.22. Discover and book Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour by Vigilant Yacht Charters on Tripadvisor
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    Which company provides Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour by Vigilant Yacht Charters?
    Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour by Vigilant Yacht Charters is hosted by Vigilant Yacht Charters. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Vigilant Yacht Charters on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour by Vigilant Yacht Charters on Tripadvisor
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    On average, this experience will take approximately 5h 30m. Discover and book Full-Day Bay of Islands Tour by Vigilant Yacht Charters on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 53073P1

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    Phil B
    Calgary, Canada19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    We sailed from Russell to Moturua Island with Nat on the Vigilant. It was a great to sail on a classic sailboat. We spent a couple hours on the island, walking on the trails and on the beach. Others on our tour (we were 7 plus Nat) went kayaking and snorkelling (note, there is no WiFi or cafe on the beach, so if you need those things, it may not be for you). Nat made a great light lunch, and we sailed back to Russell. the best part was really the sailing. The breeze wasn't too strong, and died near the end of the day, so we had to motor back in.
    Written 17 December 2022
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    Lesley W
    Adelaide, Australia108 contributions
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    Nov 2022
    I'm not normally a boatie - suffer a bit from sea sickness, so was apprehensive about this activity.
    I did not need to worry - the day was perfect weather, and our skipper and crew (Nat and Anita) ensured there were enough distractions on board to keep my mind in other places.
    A beautiful day spent sailing to a secluded island, swimming / kayaking at the beach, lovely lunch on board, and very informative hosts.
    Would highly recommend Vigilant - small numbers on the boat, and personal attention by the crew.
    Written 30 November 2022
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    Jan 2020
    My wife and I had an amazing time with Nik and Nat on their yacht. We were amazingly well cared for and Nik and Nat both made sure that we had plenty of activities to choose from during the day.

    Throughout the day you can feel that they make you feel very welcome, make sure you have a good time, and, above all, make sure they get you home safe.

    If you're planning a trip to Russell, my wife and I cannot recommend them enough.
    Written 15 January 2020
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    Thank you so much Timothy! We really appreciate your review, we're happy to hear you had a good day out with us, cheers!
    Written 23 February 2020
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    schaeff
    Brisbane, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    Straight up 5 stars. Nat & Dallas were superb sailing us round the bay. We did it a family of 4. 2 adults and 2 teenagers. They were calm and smooth sailors and we stopped at Motuarohia Island. Kayaking, swimming, and snorkelling in the harbour was magic. The view on top of the hill was spectacular. (Path gets hot in summer and some rough ground for city feet, take thongs-jandals). Lunch was chef quality salad and Rye bread that perfectly hit the spot. The salty sea dogs were great hosts and conversation. The boat easily handles a full booking with various places to sit to be comfy. The Vigilant has a steady and calm nature under sail and makes the sailing very relaxing. Can't say enough good things. We are with all the other 5 start reviews. A wonderful day in a beautiful part of the world. If i came back to the bay of Islands I'd do this again for sure.
    Written 10 January 2024
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    boosbest
    Lewes, DE15 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2020
    We spent a beautiful day in the Bay of Islands, so it’s hard to be critical of Vigilant Yacht. However, had the weather not been perfect, I think this would have been a long day. The boat is getting a bit dated and not is particularly comfortable. We also had 2.5 hours on a beach to do “whatever”. We chose to take a lovely hike. It proved to be a long time just to “hang out”, particularly for those who chose to just sit on the boat. Lunch was a nice, simple salad. Good, but not extraordinary....sort of like the entire journey.
    Written 9 March 2020
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    Hi there! We're quite disappointed to read your review, I do believe this says a bit more about you than about us however. Our island time is actually 1.5 hours not 2.5, which for some people isn't near enough time to enjoy our wonderful islands and beaches. We're sorry you didn't enjoy our gorgeous 42ft classic cutter rigged yacht or the absolutely stunning nature and scenery of the Bay of Islands. 99.9% of other people do! Safe travels.
    Written 12 March 2020
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    Louise M
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022 • Family
    We have just had the most magical day. I don’t usually get on boats as I suffer from motion sickness, but Nat assured me the weather conditions were good and she wasn’t wrong - not only did I not feel sick, I actually enjoyed myself. The setting is obviously gorgeous and they run the whole day like a slick, well-oiled machine, but what makes Vigilant stand out is the personal touch. My nine year old son was able to get hands on and he got such a kick out of that, and we all talked all day (being a family of talkers) and Nat and Anita happily engaged and shared all sorts of interesting stories in return. Not only would we recommend a day out with Vigilant, we intend to plan a return visit to the Bay of Islands so we can do more of the same again!
    Written 4 October 2022
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    John C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2023 • Couples
    Our experience on the Vigilant Yacht was absolutely fantastic! Natalie, the captain, was skilled, knowledgeable, and a lot fun. She made the trip so enjoyable. The yacht was well-kept. Lunch was healthy and delicious. The winds were pretty intense on the way back but Natalie navigated them with superior skill and finesse. The day was peaceful and awe-inspiring and well worth the cost.
    Written 11 March 2023
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    Han
    Leysin, Switzerland6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022
    What an EPIC day we had on Vigilant, with Nat at the helm. Vigilant is a stunning vessel, and is perfect for a day out in the bay of islands. We set sail to the best island for the day considering the weather conditions which we were the only boat in the bay (Felt like we had the island to ourselves!), and were lucky enough have a perfect weather day. We went for a great walk to Army bay where we were greeted by crystal clear water (and heaps of boats- our bay was such a good call), went for a swim, and walked back to Vigilant through the gorgeous track, where we were visited by heaps of native birds. On return to the bay we had another swim, beach walk for shells, and a snorkel, where we saw Stingrays, and plenty of fish. What a magic day, we wish it was for longer, there is so much to do! Lunch was on point, so nice to have a healthy meal, we got turns at the helm whilst under sail, and had great chats with Nat. It's so great to see people out there doing what they love. Top notch Nat (& Nik) we will be back when we get the opportunity! Keep up the fantastic work, and all the best for the future seasons. :)
    Written 2 May 2022
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    Kurt W
    New Plymouth, New Zealand38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2022
    this was awesome, a super fun, relaxing day. our original tour was canceled last minute due to covid, but we managed to jump on board the Vigilant, lucky us. Nat our skipper/guide is awesome, so chilled and relaxed, but knowledgeable. The lunches were from her own garden, everything but the wraps, super yum. Sailed out to Moturua island and stopped for kayaking, swimming, snorkeling and a small walk. After a 15 min walk we were on a deserted beach, so cool, snorkeled in amongst the rocks and there were heaps of fish and kina, kelp etc. Awesome place for a quiet, quick swim, spotted black robin and saddlebacks on the walk which we had never seen before. the wind was better on the way home so we were under sail power, yayyyy!! There were eight of us on the boat and I think the groups wouldn't be much larger.
    A super fun way to spend the day, no need to go to the islands, you can do it here.
    Cheers Nat and The Vigilant.
    Written 17 March 2022
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    brownie198
    Singapore, Singapore18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2020
    Wanted to experience the bay of islands at its best and you couldn’t do better than Vigilant Yacht Charters. We booked a day sailing charter and it was perfect. Natalie our skipper for the day was friendly and knowledgeable and made us feel very welcome. If it’s a relaxing cruise your after we would highly recommend. We spent an hour or so gently sailing out to a secluded island and even got to take the helm. We wondered around a picture perfect island ( Motuarohia) to relax. There was kayaks and snorkelling available. After an hour or so of chilling we went back on board for a lovely lunch (provided). We then went around the island and spotted dolphins which we followed at a respectful distance for a while, which was magical. The best way to see the islands by far.
    Written 5 December 2020
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    Thank you so much for the sparkling review! We love hearing back from our passengers. Sounds like the perfect day out to us!
    Written 20 April 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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