Water activity

Whitianga: Sailing Trip to Cathedral Cove

4.9 / 5

28 reviews

Activity provider: Boom Sailing

Whitianga: Sailing Trip to Cathedral Cove

Activity provider: Boom Sailing
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From US$ 77.86 per person

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Experience the spectacular coastline off Whitiangaon a spacious sailing catamaran. Soak in the scenery, get up close to Cathedral Cove, and swim or snorkel with the abundant sea life.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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  • Explore Mercury Bay on a modern, comfortable sailing catamaran
  • Enjoy spectacular views of Cathedral Cove and nature's beauty from the water
  • Help to sail or sit back on the comfy beanbags, soak up the scenery, and relax
  • Snorkel or swim in the marine reserve and encounter wonderful sea life
  • Savor a complimentary wine, beer or hot drink with a refreshing snack
Full description

Embark on a sailing trip from Flaxmill Bay, a small cove nestled between Cooks Beach and Whitianga to see the iconic sights of Mercury Bay and Cathedral Cove. Lend a hand with the sailing or simply sit back and relax on comfy beanbags and admire the picturesque scenery. 

Board our large, modern catamaran, and after a short introductory session to the boat's main facilities and safety systems, set sail out to the calm waters of the bay. 

As you sail, spot the area's most notable sights with the help of your guide. Keep your cameras ready as you sail past Cathedral Cove. You will enjoy some snacks and drinks during the journey. 

Once the boat sets anchor, if conditions are good, choose to swim or snorkel in the marine reserve with the wonderful sea life, or simply chill out on board and soak up the scenery. 

The tour concludes back at the starting point in Flaxmill Bay. 

  • Sailing cruise through Mercury Bay
  • Certified sailor and guide
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Freshly-brewed coffee, chilled organic juice, and a freshly-baked snack (morning tour)
  • Chilled local beer or New Zealand wine along with a fresh fruit platter (afternoon tour)

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Jacket

    Know before you go

    • You can take your own snacks and drinks onboard
    • The morning sail departs at 9:15 AM and the afternoon sail departs at 1:45 PM. Please make sure to arrive early
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 28 reviews

    Review summary

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    Amazing crew! They took such great care of us, bean bags, refreshments and blankets ! Weather was not the best, but the welcoming crew made sure the day was extra special! Great birthday treat! Highly recommend! Huge thanks to the crew! Only 4 stars as the weather was below average otherwise perfect day!

    November 26, 2022

    This was such a lovely adventure. Friendly crew and we were so relaxed, hanging out on the bean bags and enjoying the magnificent scenery around us. The quick dip and snorkel was so cool, saw the most beautiful fish. And a hot cup of coffee with delicious home made banana bread to top it of...

    May 17, 2021

    What can one say when the experience all around just fits. If you want you can go sailing or just relax on the sea. The crew is very attentive and takes care of their guests, sometimes with sunscreen or blankets so that it doesn't get too cold. Highly Recommended!

    November 29, 2022

    Product ID: 283412