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Address: Paihia 0200, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 22 183 7495
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Escape the crowds and join us on a scenic cruise through the Bay of...

Escape the crowds and join us on a scenic cruise through the Bay of Islands.

Relax on secluded beaches, snorkel and explore the Bay of Islands underwater world, try stand-up paddleboarding, and walk to the island lookout points for magical views over this beautiful part of the world.

If you want a small, personalised tour in the Bay of Islands, then look no further. With a maximum of 20 guests, you feel like you are on a trip with friends, rather than strangers, and let us provide you with the experience the Bay of Islands like no one else can!

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Tour of the bay

The excursion was incredible for our group of 7. Very interesting history of the islands, beautiful scenery, great snorkelling/paddle boarding and a picnic away from the crowds... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Paihia, New Zealand

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Paihia, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The excursion was incredible for our group of 7. Very interesting history of the islands, beautiful scenery, great snorkelling/paddle boarding and a picnic away from the crowds. Our guide, Adam, found some sea urchins, we saw them, we held them, we ate the eggs.propably notsomething we would have experienced in a large tour. The whole experience was amazing. Would definitely... More 

Thank dizzyb1234
Kerikeri, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had an amazing day trip. Adam was very knowledgeable in the history of the islands. The scenery was to die for, stopped on a secluded beach, we could snorkel, paddle board, swim, with no one else in the area. Adam dove and got Sea urchins, he cracked them open, and we ate the eggs. I would recommend this tour... More 

Thank majeskilisa84
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2 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We are a group of Canadians that came to New Zealand for the World Masters. I found Adam online when googling for a trip on the sea that had more if a private and custom trip. It couldn't have worked any better. The entire group was thrilled. Adam was so informative, fun and yet professional. He took group photos of... More 

Thank Debbie P
Level Contributor
6 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing trip! Had a fantastic time out on the water. Adam is such a friendly and knowledgeable guide. He makes you feel more like a group of friends on the boat as opposed to just being on a tour. We had awesome weather and Adam was always flexible with what we wanted to do (like jump in the... More 

Thank Rebecca C
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Adam is a very kind and friendly host. Just twenty people on the boat we had a lovely trip around the Islands, stopped off at one Island and Adam let us off and we were able to walk along the beach and climb up a walking path to get a wonderful view. Thanks Adam for a great trip.

Thank selmadavies
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was my very first time out in the Bay of Islands and the trip with Adam was all I had hoped for and more! We were a small group of people, all very relaxed and keen to explore the area, guided by Adam who clearly loves what he is doing, which you can feel every second in the way... More 

Thank alice1992946
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
8 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Adam is a wonderful, knowledgeable and humorous host. We had an awesome relaxed day out in the islands. I was surprised how little I knew (given I was born in NZ) about the history, Adam really knows his stuff. I loved how prepared he was with sun shades, blankets, paddleboards and more. It was a small group so we had... More 

Thank Diana G
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As one of our last activities, we were highly recommended this by many backpackers & Hostel owners, and so booked it in. What a day! Adam from the start took care of us & made us feel welcome & took us on a cruise of the islands whilst giving us the occasional facts. A great first stop gives you incredible... More 

Thank Jables89
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You would be absolutely missing out if you didn't do this trip! I liked that it was a smaller more intimate trip compared to some of the bigger trips ran by large corporate companies. There was space to spread out, and you can easily get to know some of the other people on board. You really get to experience the... More 

Thank Caity J
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unlike most of the large, super commercial boats that leave from Paihia, Adam runs a local (yet very professional operation). He took us out on the water, took us to a nice little hike, and then to a beach where we were the only ones! He was very prepared with equipment (paddle boards, snorkels, fins, face masks, and shade tents)... More 

Thank Zander S

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