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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 22 February 2019

    It's hard to plan which trips will provide the best experiences. This one delivers! You'll enjoy the day and long remember it. Gwen and Lin were extraordinary hosts. They are handsome, charming, energetic, gracious, and filled with enthusiasm. Everything ran on time and as scheduled....More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Deb7111
    Reviewed 20 February 2019 via mobile

    What a lovely relaxed 5 hours on the bay. Adam and Lynford were so welcoming and knowledgeable, no detail was overlooked and nothing was too much trouble for them. They made sure everyone in our small group received the best day possible I enjoyed the...More

    Thank Sueby6
    Reviewed 19 February 2019 via mobile

    We had a mindblowing cruise with Adam and Linford. "No guarantee to see whales or dolphins, guys!" turned into "OMG LOOK THERE ARE ORCAS!" and many happy faces. 😊 As this cruise was the first booked adventure on our NZ trip we couldn't be happier....More

    Thank 701anja
    Reviewed 18 February 2019 via mobile

    My elderly parents and I went on an afternoon trip with Adam and Gwen, we were very lucky as there were only 3 other guests. We had 2 island stops. The first had a lovely walk to the top of a hill with spectacular views...More

    Thank AnneL4977
    Reviewed 16 February 2019

    We had a fantastic day trip round the Bay of Islands. Adam & Linford were great fun and very knowledgeable about the area. Can thoroughly recommend

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Norman S
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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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