Bay of Islands Snorkelling Ltd

Bay of Islands Snorkelling Ltd

Bay of Islands Snorkelling Ltd
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About
Having worked on the water here in the Bay of Islands for over 30 years I have a genuine passion and thrive to send my passengers home with an amount of knowledge of the Bay of Islands and its wildlife, above and below the surface of the Beautiful Bay of Islands, Snorkelling in some of the warmest, safe waters here in New Zealand. Please go onto our web page to look for bookings and availability, whilst there check out the Instagram photos they are awesome!.
Paihia, New Zealand
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Why book with Bay of Islands Snorkelling Ltd
  • Born in the Bay of Islands I know the area very well, as a female skipper I have a love for it.
  • I've been working in the Bay of Islands for over 30 years and was born in Russell coming from parents who both skippered,. I love the Bay and will never tire of showing it off!
  • English
  • Professional tour guide
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bmoulin64
Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Thanks so much for this wonderful day. Thanks also for the pictures you sent us. It was fantastic, a very small group, interesting explanations regarding the marine life, history of bay of islands, snorkeling was so great, a lot of fish, excellent material for snorkeling, feedind the fish under water, visiting a sort of cave. This couple is really so kind and having a high level of knowledge regarding the fish, shells, and history of the region. I recommand them absolutely, the best snorkeling activity we have done in New Zeland.
Pierre and Brenda from France
Written 31 March 2024
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Hi Pierre and Brenda, Thank you for coming out with us snorkelling, we just love sharing our passion and love the trip also so we are glad you had a great time with us here in the Bay of Islands! Our gear is well washed and always checked for faults, so makes it a memorable experience without stressing about the equipment. Safe travels, Tammy 🤿🐟🤿🐠🤿😎
Written 15 April 2024
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Liz H
San Jose, California, United States7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Excellent small-boat snorkeling experience! We were staying in Russell and did the afternoon snorkeling trip. The skipper and her first mate were knowledgeable and clearly love their work. We learned about the ecology of the Bay of Islands before getting in the water to see so many beautiful fish! They took us to two different sites. At the second site they helped us to feed the fish local sea urchins (the fish's natural food). We also swam through a rock arch, and some of us also took a quick trip into a sea cave. After our in-water time, we got hot soup and a warm-water rinse on board the boat that hit the spot. Rounding off the trip, we got an hour at a cafe on the only publicly developed island in the bay.

As experienced snorkelers who are comfortable in the open water, we had a great time. The snorkeling could be challenging for non-swimmers/first-time-in-the-ocean visitors.

My favorite part was feeding the fish. They came right up to us to enjoy the urchins we held. It was magical!
Written 16 March 2024
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Hi Liz Thank you for sharing your experience with us! So glad you got to enjoy all of your time on our snorkelling trip. We can honestly say we love sharing it all and hope that we can do this for many more seasons! The fun of feeding the fish whilst helping the environment by destroying the pests of sea urchins has become quite a hit. It is also nice on the off season to share the Island for a stop on the way home, either for a walk up the hill to see the amazing 360* views or sit and have a nice cold beer or ice cream. All the best and safe travels, Tammy 🐠🤿🐡🤿
Written 29 March 2024
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Helen B
Salisbury, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was the most fabulous trip. Tammy and Scott are both extremely professional and lots of fun and try hard to make sure everyone gets the most out of the trip, whether you are experienced in snorkelling or a complete novice. They took us to some amazing spots, where the fish were incredible.
Written 21 February 2024
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Helen, Thank you for this great review and the photos to share with others. We truly are lucky with where we go as nice and sheltered with great scenery to see along the way and of course the underwater scenery when we get there just fab too! The ability to please all abilities is what we thrive on, knowing that everyone will love it.... unless you have a fear of up close fish 😅😅 Thanks again for joining us and all the best. Tammy 🤿🐟🤿🐡🤿
Written 29 March 2024
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Debbie
Ivybridge, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This trip is great for all abilities. Scott and Tammy are super friendly and helpful and very happy to share their knowledge of the bay and the sea life. We say rays and many types of fish. We snorkeled in 2 different locations and fed the fish with urchins/kina so that we got a very close up view. Afterwards we showered down on the boat with a warm water hose and had a cup of soup. We enjoyed lovely, warm weather and we even saw dolphins on the way back to Paihia.
Written 18 February 2024
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Hi Debbie, Thanks for your great review on our Snorkelling trip! We have so much fun we cannot really call it work, it is a passion of ours that we love sharing with others. The variety of fish out at Deep Water Cove is just stunning and being able to see the bottom everywhere we snorkel is just the best. The Dolphins is such a bonus too 🥰 All the best, Tammy 🤿🐟🤿🐠🤿
Written 29 March 2024
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4phun
Vancouver, Canada26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
10 passengers but the trip felt intimate and relaxing. Great people who love the Bay and love to share it. A great day on the water; not to be missed!
Written 14 February 2024
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4phun! Love this! Thanks for the great review, we have a fantastic part to show off and love doing it! The fish life seem to know that they are safe in the reserve and just fun to swim with, the scenery is just fab above and below the ocean! So its a win win trip that we do! Take care and safe travels. Tammy 🤿🐟🤿🐠🤿
Written 21 February 2024
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Sightseer35361803260
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing trip, awesome local knowledge, very friendly and the fish were incredible. Plenty of variety in the trip and perfect timings at each spot. Loved it, we will be back and will bring the kids :)
Written 10 February 2024
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Sightseer, thanks for giving us this great review! The trip out, the snorkelling spots and the fish life is just incredible we just love that we can share it with the personalized trips that we offer. Would love to see you again with the kids! Tammy 🤿🐟🤿🐠🤿
Written 21 February 2024
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Andy S
London, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Fabulous trip with Tammy (skipper of 20+ years experience) and Scott (snorkelling lead) - they are the owners and their personal touch made a real difference. Powerful boat took us to two excellent spots and we were provided with high quality wetsuits, fins, masks and snorkels. Scott explained where we were and what we might expect to see. We saw many different fish close up and it was a great experience and a fabulous way to see the Bay of Islands from the water.
Written 5 February 2024
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Thank you Andy for this awesome review! It was lovely meeting you two and always fun showing off our beautiful back yard, not only above but below the surface also. Deep Water Cove is just perfect for the snorkelling adventure that we offer for all snorkelling abilities, everyone comes away so happy that they joined us for it! I hope the rest of NZ treated you well! Safe travels Tammy 🤿🐟🤿🐠🤿
Written 21 February 2024
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Judith W
Sydney, Australia80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Our very friendly tour guides Tammy and Scott explained how our time would be spent. Equipment was clean, sterilised and all sizes and shapes were catered for (we should know). Tammy was pretty spot on with assessing sizes of wet suits and flippers by sight. They had a choice of either full or half wet suits. There is also an option to use your own gear if you choose to. We felt completely safe in the water and easily forgot that we were in the ocean and the water was deep. They happily provide flotation devices if you are feeling a little uneasy. I used a noodle, but gave it back after about 2 minutes. Tammy was correct when she said the wetsuit would give me sufficient buoyancy. You are always close to the boat and the watchful eye of Tammy and Scott, and they know the best spots for calm waters. Scott was in the water interacting with us at all times. They also have a great platform on the boat that allows easy entry to and exit from the water. The bottom was clearly visible, as were the fish, sea urchins and mantras. As novices we even braved the swim through the sea cave. All in all a great experience which has given us the confidence to undertake other snorkeling experiences in New Zealand. Oh, and by the way, feeding sea urchins to the fish was a pretty magical experience. Thank you Tammy and Scott for a memorable day.
Written 2 February 2024
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Hi Judith, You two had so much fun and were fun to have on board! So glad you also made the most of the Bay of Islands by doing several things up here. We have a great product and are loving that we can share it to whomever has a passion or curiosity of the ocean. Years of experience helps with sizing people up, so I have a knack to it. We just want everyone to feel comfortable and enjoy their snorkelling so nothing is a hassle! Take care and enjoy more adventures! Tammy 🤿🐟🤿🐡🤿
Written 21 February 2024
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nataleec507
Rye4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We had a great time with on our snorkelling adventure and felt safe and well looked after as we explored the beautiful waters of Paihia!
Written 25 January 2024
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Hi Natalee, Thank you for taking the time to give us a review. Getting out to our snorkelling spots is a bonus with its lovely scenery, it really makes the snorkelling trip more than just snorkelling!! Glad you enjoyed it. Tammy🤿🐟🤿🐠🤿
Written 21 February 2024
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Susan T
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
There is so much positive about this trip! Start with the skipper Tammy and crew of one Scott: both are so knowlegeable, patient, and kind, as well as good teachers and stewards of this beautiful area. They anticipate your needs and really take care of you, whether you are beginner or experienced. Small group and small boat = go fast!
Saw lots and lots of fish at Deep Water cove, and at another location, got to swim in a long cave with flashlights (optional) and feed fish some natural food. People could eat it too! You have to go to get all the details. Provided wet suits and hot showers on deck, and an easy to use water entry platform, were much appreciated!
Written 15 January 2024
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Hi Sightseer, Many thanks for doing this review and thank you for the kind words. Having worked out on the water here for nearly 30years I certainly still have a passion for it as it is just the best office to work in 🥰 Scott also loves his summer job and is a great talker when I'm skippering. Having the personalities coming out from the fish is great fun and yes the feeding them the sea urchin is a hoot! All the very best for 2024 and safe travels. Tammy 🤿🐠🤿🐟🤿
Written 20 January 2024
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