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Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Tour - Snorkel, Hike, Swim, Paddleboard, Wildlife

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    What to Expect
    • Check-in at the Salt Air Office (Helicopter office next to the Paihia Wharf) at 9.45am
    • Our crew will greet you and bring you down to our boat as they welcome you on board
    • Take a seat as we begin cruising the sheltered coastline towards the outer islands
    • Keep and eye out for local wildlife as your skipper and crew will point out local hot-spots and provide plenty of history and information about the area. 
    • Our first stop is Roberton Island (also known as the famous Twin Lagoons) where we disembark and take a 10 minute walk amongst native flora and fauna to the island lookout point - a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bay of Islands. 
    • Upon returning from the walk, your crew will provide beachside morning tea with coffee/tea and biscuits. 
    • Take some time exploring the tidal lagoons, or take relax on this secluded island before making your way back on board the boat. 
    • Our tour continues as we cruise among the 144 islands the bay has to offer. Keep an eye out for marine life and unique shore birds that live in the area - sometimes we are lucky enough to spot dolphins and a variety of other wildlife throughout the day!! 
    • Arriving at our second island stop, we begin our activities....all equipment is available for you to discover the underwater reefs with snorkelling gear provided and give Stand-up Paddleboarding a try.
    • Take a walk along one of the island trails, enjoy a swim or relax on the unfrequented beaches in the warmth of the sun....some days, you can even try fresh NZ Kina (seafood)  - there are options for everyone. 

    • After our time on the second island, we begin our cruise back home through the islands following the coastline back into Paihia. 
    • Whether you are a solo traveller, a couple on a honeymoon, or a family on vacation, your visit to the Bay of Islands isn't complete until you have experienced our Island Getaway Day Cruise
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Paihia Wharf
    Check-in at the Salt Air Office, 9.45am ( Helicopter Office next to the Paihia Wharf)
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Return Details
    Paihia Wharf
    • Small group tours (20 people maximum)
    • Scenic Cruise among 144 Islands
    • Two remote island stopovers
    • Swim, Snorkel and relax (all equipment provided)
    • Wildlife spotting, commentary and information throughout the day
    • Stand-up Paddleboarding (all equipment provided)
    • Complimentary Morning Tea/Coffee and Biscuit
    • A truly personalised, local experience
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: If you are arriving in Waitangi Wharf, the cruiseship provides FREE shuttle buses for cruise ship guests to transfer you into Paihia (5 minute bus ride)
    • The bus will drop you off outside the Paihia Wharf next to our check-in location - SALT AIR HELICOPTER OFFICE
    • Suitable for families, couples and solo travellers
    • Suitable for all ages
    • Please bring a swimsuit & towel, and appropriate clothing for the day
    • Please bring lunch& drink for the day
    • Minimum numbers apply. (3 people) There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Cancellations made within 48 hours of departure will forfeit 100% of the ticket cost
    • No-show will forfeit 100% of the ticket cost
    • Cruise-ship guests need to insure their travel insurance covers them in the unlikely event that the cruise-ship does not stop in port, as we are unable to refund in these situations.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 4 March 2019 via mobile

    We headed out on a perfect day and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Our guide Adam was easy to talk too and made our trip worth while. I would certainly recommend this small grouped trip which is reasonably priced compared to others.

    Thank seanoY3238HQ
    Reviewed 1 March 2019

    We had a great day on this smaller trip with a very friendly crew and our guide Lynn was very knowledgeable. We were lucky enough to see a blue penguin and whilst snorkelling, my husband saw Stingray, snapper and other fish while I paddleboarded at...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    1  Thank sallyl172
    Reviewed 27 February 2019

    Really enjoyed this 5 hour trip out to bay of islands. Had 2 Island stops and got a short hike in followed by a cup of tea or coffee on the beach....how welcoming was that....and then off to the next island where we had time...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank NearAndFarTravels
    Reviewed 27 February 2019 via mobile

    Great tour, small group of 18, crew were very friendly and helpful, visited two islands paddle boarding and snorkelling included, unfortunately not much to see on the beach we were on unless you snorkeled further out.

    Thank 698davef
    Reviewed 23 February 2019

    A special day. This is a cruise you must do! The crew are so accommodating and vary the cruise to make sure they visit the least crowded islands. Its clear that Adam and Lynford love what they do and take pride in showing these amazing...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Ighthamtraveller
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    13 February 2019|
    Response from chickyskids | Reviewed this property |
    No that was not part of this cruise. There are specific cruises to the hole, which is much further away
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