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Small Group, Day Bay of Islands Sailing Cruise, Aboard Vigilant provided by Vigilant Yacht Charters

Small Group, Day Bay of Islands Sailing Cruise, Aboard Vigilant

Small Group, Day Bay of Islands Sailing Cruise, Aboard Vigilant
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from $130.00 per adult
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Last updated: 3 Aug 2020
A note from Small Group, Day Bay of Islands Sailing Cruise, Aboard Vigilant
We're proud to offer a small group activity, there's more than enough space on the boat so feel free to social-distance if need be.
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English, French
Know before you go
  • Duration: 5h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English, French
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 53073P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Lunch • Coffee & Tea • Kayaks • Snorkeling gear • Local guide • Port pickup and drop-off • Sightseeing • Hiking • Private transportation
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks • Gratuities
Duration
5h 30m
Departure details
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!
Inclusions
Lunch • Coffee & Tea • Kayaks • Snorkeling gear • Local guide • Port pickup and drop-off • Sightseeing • Hiking • Private transportation
Exclusions
Alcoholic drinks • Gratuities
Departure details
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!
Duration
5h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Not wheelchair accessible
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
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
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
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    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!
    See address & details
  • 1
    Vigilant Yacht Charters
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Bay of Islands
    Stop: 90 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    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!
    See address & details
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Caleb
4 contributions
My Idea Of A Perfect Day
Mar 2021 • Friends
First off... OMG, what an awesome experience we had cruising aboard Vigilant. Very knowledgeable captain, very tidy, well looked after boat. (Absolutely gorgeous if you ask me!) Stop-over at the island was just perfect, so many things to do, whether it be kayaking, swimming, sunbathing, or a lovely island walk. Lunch was amazing. So nice and refreshing... Can’t wait to do it again!!
Written 20 March 2021
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NikVigilant
This means so much to us! Thank you for coming out with us and appreciating Vigilant for the gorgeous yacht that she is. We hope to have you out again soon!
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cmackinn0n
Auckland Central, New Zealand7 contributions
Awesome experience - do it!
Feb 2021
Don't hesitate book it ... you won't be disappointed.

We were a group of 6 adults who enjoyed an awesome day out sailing and exploring the Bay of Islands on Vigilant. Natalie & Anita were perfect hosts, brilliant sailors and made us feel very welcome. Delicious lunch, great walk on the island and swims in the bay.
We all loved every minute of it. Chris was buzzing after sailing Vigilant. Thanks heaps
Written 9 February 2021
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NikVigilant
Thnak you so much for the lovely review, we really appreciate it!
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Sue
2 contributions
Best $130 we’ve spent!
Dec 2020 • Couples
The best $130 each we’ve spent! Loved the whole experience- gorgeous yacht and scenery as well as a range of fun activities offered - a bush walk, kayaking and snorkeling. Our captain Natalie is a warm friendly and capable skipper. Thanks for a great day. We’ll be back.
Written 16 December 2020
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NikVigilant
Thank you so much Megan! We really appreciate the feedback. Hope to take you out again soon!
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brownie198
Singapore, Singapore18 contributions
Sailing in paradise
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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NikVigilant
Thank you so much for the sparkling review! We love hearing back from our passengers. Sounds like the perfect day out to us!
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Anna M
8 contributions
Great way to see the bay of islands!
Very nice sailing day. Natalie the captain was professional, kind, chose a nice itinerary, and adapted the sailing to the needs of the group. Nice, sturdy boat and we didn’t have to work as deck hands because she was able to handle it so well. Great day!
Written 1 November 2020
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NikVigilant
Thank you so much Annie, every review is very appreciated! We're glad you enjoyed your day out with Nat and Vigilant.
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boosbest
Lewes, DE16 contributions
Good but not Great
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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NikVigilant
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.
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Hef2
Brisbane, Australia41 contributions
A brilliant experience
Right from the start Nick and Nat were welcoming and friendly. The boat is well prepared and spacious. With ten guests and Nick and Nat there was still heaps of room. The cruise is leisurely and relaxing. Guests can help crew or relax and enjoy the ride. Along the way we encountered blue penguins and dolphins up close. The island stop over provided the opportunity to climb to a lookout and view the bay then take a swim. That was followed by a healthy, fresh lunch then a leisurely sail back to Russell. This was great value for money and an excellent way to see the bay.
Written 6 March 2020
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NikVigilant
What a wonderful review! Thank you so much we really appreciate it, thanks for choosing vigilant!
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Lucy M
Basingstoke, UK17 contributions
A wonderful 3 hour eve trip
Mar 2020 • Friends
Thanks so much for such a brilliant evening - especially as I had messed up the dates and you so kindly accommodated us . 4 of us had a 3 hour eve sail - Nik was wonderfully relaxed , great company and provided a very welcome platter of meats and cheeses and a bottle of wine for sundowners
It’s a lovely boat - a real addition to our stay at Bay of Islands . Highly recommend
Written 4 March 2020
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NikVigilant
You're so very welcome, your family was a pleasure to have on board! Thanks guys
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FrequentFlier260233
5 contributions
Great day out
Had a fantastic day out with these guys today.It was really relaxing and the scenery could take your breath away.Nick and Nat were fantastic.If you’re in the Bay of Islands you really should do this trip.
Written 1 March 2020
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NikVigilant
Thank you so much for the sweet review, we really appreciate it!
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Marc G
Spokane, WA165 contributions
What a great time, so peaceful.
Nick and Rebecca knocked it out of the park! Smiles all around. He would even let you sail the boat if you wanted!

With only 8 of us on the board we had plenty of room to spread out and relax. It felt good as we passed boat after boat of what looked like standing room only.

On the island, we had the whole beach to ourselves, snorkeled, kayaked, and hiked.

Lunch was great! A well prepared beet salad and a big hunk of whole grain bread.

Tip, bring a water bottle and a towel. There is water on board but you need your bottle.
Written 19 February 2020
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Thanks for the review Marc! I'm glad Nik and Rebekah had a good day out with you, safe travels.
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By: Vigilant Yacht Charters
putnamnz
putnamnz
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Excellent day out
Awesome day out with Ntalie onboard Vigilant. Weather was a bit rough so she kept checking that everyong was ok. Al
ruby761
ruby761
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Phenomenal!
It was the best trip of ny life. The boat itself was beautiful and the sail was absolutely gorgeous. Wished we had
BernieMN
BernieMN
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Perfect day out!
What a fantastic day out in the Bay of Islands!! Great sailing, a swim at a beautiful secluded cove and even manage
ldjdudh
ldjdudh
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Amazing Day
We went with this trip after reading all of the great reviews and now have to add our own! Excellent day, gorgeous
Voyage23542495779
Voyage23542495779
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Awesome charter trip
We had a fabulous day exploring a beautiful part of the Bay of Islands with Vigilant Yacht Charter. Nat was fun, kn
kconnor2021
kconnor2021
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Awesome day out
Great, laid back trip with very friendly and knowledgeable hosts. We had an awesome time and would happily recommen
David6303
David6303
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Superb overnight charter!
We recently had the pleasure of experiencing an overnight charter on the yacht Vigilant, hosted and skippered by th
damien1232021
damien1232021
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Great Experience
This was a great day out on the Bay of Islands. Nathalie was a great host and provided plenty of insight into the r
Lilly L
Lilly L
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Take me back there!
The yacht was beautiful, Nat was awesome, lunch was delicious (thanks for catering for vegetarian and FODMAP), the
Tailstailstails
Tailstailstails
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Must do
Beyond words! Absolutely incredible day and we can't thank you guys enough for going above and beyond
vicnw
vicnw
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A fabulous day out
My partner and I had a fabulous day out on Vigilant. We enjoyed learning more about features in the Bay of Islands
rickyang00
rickyang00
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Excellent trip
Though the weather was not perfect, we still had a great time with Nick and his friends. Wonderful trip for family
Keepingupwithmallie
Keepingupwithmallie
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Lovely experience
We had a great experience on the Vigilant Yacht Charters and had it all to ourselves. Nik and Nath were so lovely a
824francesp
824francesp
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great days sailing and exploring bay of Islands
able skipper ,made best use of variable weather conditions ,on beautiful yacht surprisingly neat snorkelling around
4GiGigirl10
4GiGigirl10
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A fun day
A welcoming crew and a beautiful day. Cool at first but warmed up. An older Yacht that could use a little tender ca
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