Bayscapes Charters
Bayscapes Charters
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Relax with our sailing charter through the Bay of Islands. Beautiful islands, breath-taking views, sit back and let the wind go through your hair as we take you to your destination. Our 40ft Catamaran, Hibiscus Star, will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. Featuring an indoor saloon and an outdoor tramp you can sail the bays in style. Escape today with a day trip, sunset cruise or a private charter.
Paihia, New Zealand
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Jhan L
284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had an amazing day on the water with our Bayscapes private charter. Monique and Brad were lovely to work with both during the planning stages and during the trip itself. The day we originally booked had rain forecast for the whole day and before I even noticed Brad had emailed me to help us plan another day to sail.

During the trip they gave us a few options of islands to visit, letting us know which might be best for what activities we enjoyed. We sailed to Motorua Island where we walked to the top of the island for some amazing views of the bay. My husband was able to paddle board while we explored the beach then we headed back to the boat for a delicious lunch.

We relaxed up front with drinks (don’t forget to BYOB!) as we sailed back and got dropped off in Russel for the rest of the afternoon.

If you have a chance to book the private charted you won’t regret it- it was so special to have the boat to ourselves and Monique and Brad are great!
Written 8 May 2024
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Dream64389249237
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had a fab day, Monique and Brad looked after every detail, very attentive and friendly. The Catamaran was comfortable and sailed beautifully.
Written 23 March 2024
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Deee K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Spent a days charter with Bayscape Charters - Brad and Monique
It was such an amazing day, the highlight of my Bay of Islands holiday. We saw dolphins, a shark and a sting ray.
They were very helpful and knowledgeable of the area and tolerant of a big group.
Lunch was a packed lunch but very yummy. Id recommend them highly.
Written 18 March 2024
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wendyoflaherty
Silverdale, New Zealand1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024
We had a wonderful day bay of islands is a beautiful place
Brad and Monique were great hosts highly recommend
Written 3 March 2024
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DCM821
Durham, UK89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
During a recent visit to Paihia, we spent a delightful day with Brad and Monique on a cruise in the Bay of Islands. It is the couple's own business, and they obviously take a great pride in it and in their vessel Hibiscus Star. They also obviously enjoy their sailing and providing enjoyment for others.

The sailing on our chosen day had to be cancelled due to low booking numbers, but Monique kept fully in contact with us and, with several days' notice, offered a suitable alternative.

Everything during the day ran smoothly in a very relaxed way and without any fuss. There was, however, quiet attention to every detail - welcome, safety briefing, ensuring comfort, quietly facilitating at every stage what individual customers needed or wanted, engaging in a friendly way with customers, and looking after their catamaran, as well of course as actually sailing it.

The weather for our cruise was superb, but there was not much wind initially. The outward journey was under engine power, but the return was under sail.

Points of interest and sightings of wildlife were pointed out. At the stop in a bay on one of the islands, there were possibilities for swimming, snorkelling, and paddleboarding or walking on the island. A simple but very tasty packed lunch was provided. Lunch boxes were clearly named as the contents varied according to dietary requirements.

We thoroughly enjoyed the day and thank Brad and Monique for the personal attention they give to us as well as to everyone else on board.
Written 2 March 2024
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Charmvivo
Nova Scotia, Canada37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024
We booked a small group sailing with Bayscapes for our Bay of Islands port stop during our cruise around NZ. Weather was beautiful and Monique and Brad were excellent hosts. We anchored just off a small beach on one of the islands and went ashore on a small zodiac boat. We did an optional short hike to another beach, which was just gorgeous! We snorkeled for a bit and some others used the paddle boards. Water was a bit chilly but it didn't stop us Canadians from getting in! The lunch was very tasty and filling. We had a gorgeous, relaxing day and we can 100% recommend Bayscapes Charters!
Written 26 February 2024
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Thank you for your great review and recommendation. It is great to hear you enjoyed your sailing charter with us.
Written 1 March 2024
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Michael T
Queensland, Australia40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Absolutely BRILLIANT. Brad and Monique run a VERY professional, seamless operation from the initial booking to the trip itself. Can talk to others if wanted OR have quiet time. No pressure to 'mix'. We went for a short bush walk on the island we stopped at, even went paddle boarding (sitting only!) for the first time - see image. Lunch was wonderful (even the provided gluten-free option). A very relaxing and enjoyable day. "Best day ever", said my wife. We would give it 6 stars if that were possible. Bugger it - here they are ... ****** !
Written 22 February 2024
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Thanks Micheal we are star struck by your great review!
Written 25 February 2024
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Phamer
San Ramon, CA96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was an ideal excursion for my wife and I. It was a 2 hour sail, anchor for 2 hours, then sail back for 2 hours. This may sound boring for some, but I found the whole experience so relaxing. The husband and wife team explained about what they were doing while sailing and gave some historical information about Bay of Islands and what we were seeing. The island we anchored at was beautiful! It included a little hike over the hill to a private beach, and a small lagoon and beach where we could swim and use the standup paddle boards. They provided a nice, hearty lunch, and I liked that they let us bring beer and wine onboard and store it in their refrigerator. The catamaran was really nice, with plenty of seating areas and some beanbags for extra comfort. I’ve done some similar excursions where they try to create some crazy party atmosphere, not this one, which was perfect. All in all, a great day!
Written 21 February 2024
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Thanks for your great review of your day charter experience with us.
Written 25 February 2024
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fancie1966
isle of wight21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Fantastic experience seeing the Bay of Islands on this beautiful catamaran.we were welcomed on board by Brad and Monique , who made this trip even more memorable with their friendly hospitality!
We visited Honeymoon bay , where we stopped to visit the beach and climb the hill to take in the views of all the other islands.we had time to explore and swim, they provided us with paddle boards, snorkels and dingys.
We had a lovely lunch provided and then continued our trip around the islands.
Written 28 January 2024
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Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad you enjoyed your sailing charter experience with us.
Written 1 March 2024
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WilliamvL0
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024
Monique and Brad were excellent hosts! We had a great day exploring the islands, swimming, and sailing. Highly recommended
Written 22 January 2024
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Thank you for leaving us a review! We are so glad that you had a great experience with us and hope to see you onboard again.
Written 5 February 2024
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