1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Islands
  3. Paihia

Bay of Islands Small Group Afternoon Cruise & Island Tour

Product ID: 171462
Discover the Bay of Islands without the crowds on a personalised and interactive afternoon tour. Enjoy a scenic cruise among the Bay's 144 islands. Spot wildlife and stop at two remote island. Enjoy island walks, snorkelling, swimming and paddle-boarding.
About this activity
Duration: 3.5 hours
Starting times 12:00 PM, 3:30 PM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Discover the Bay of Islands on small-group cruise
  • Set off on native bush walks to discover breathtaking scenery and viewpoints
  • Uncover local history and keep a lookout for wildlife with interactive commentary from your passionate local guide
  • Enjoy snorkelling, swimming, paddle-boarding in the Bay's crystal clear waters
  • Experience more on a smaller, more personalised and interactive tour
Full description
Check-in at the Salt Air Office at 3.20 PM, before setting off along the sheltered coastline for a scenic cruise. Stop off at Roberton Island (also known as Twin Lagoons) for a 10-minute native bush walk to a breathtaking 360-degree lookout over the bay. After the walk, explore the tidal lagoons before climbing back on board. Cruise among the stunning islands of the Bay, keeping an eye out for wildlife. 

Then, stopover at one of the Bay of Islands’ most secluded and unfrequented bays to try some new activities. Snorkel and explore the underwater reefs, stroll on an island trail, give stand-up paddle-boarding a try, relax on the beach or jump in the water for a swim. Make the afternoon your own with the activities that interest you most. Finally, board the boat for the return scenic cruise back to Paihia, arriving at 6:30 PM.
  • Scenic cruise
  • Interactive commentary
  • 2 stopovers on remote islands
  • Wildlife spotting native bush walks
  • 360-degree views from the island lookout points
  • Use of snorkelling and paddleboarding equipment
  • Use of beach tents and picnic blankets
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Check-in at the Salt Air Office at 3:20 PM

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Important information
Know before you go
• Be sure to bring your own swimsuit and towel
• There is a marine toilet onboard the vessel
• Tours are limited to a maximum of 20 participants for a more personalised and interactive experience
• A minimum number of participants are required, in the unlikely event that these are not reached you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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A very pleasant trip to the outer islands. We most enjoyed the activities offered which included a walk to a lookout and later a relaxing hour on a beach. A junior member of our group fell and hurt his hands. Our crew tended him very well. He is fine now.

February 14, 2020

Great trip! Definitely recommend it. The guys were super friendly and welcoming, explained everything, told us some historical things and took us to some beautiful spots. The second beach we stopped at was lovely, quiet and we had it all for ourselves. There was the opportunity to snorkel, take the SUP or just relax in the sun. At every time they made sure that everything is ok and we all feel comfortable! Thanks guys for a wonderful trip and memory of the bay of Islands!

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December 2, 2019

We had a great day. The crew Lin and Blue (hope I’ve spelt the names right) were friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and fun. A fantastic experience. Would highly recommend it.

February 21, 2020

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Sea Shuttle Bay of Islands

Product ID: 171462