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Bay of Islands: Island Hopper Day Sailing Cruise from Paihia

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Bay of Islands: Island Hopper Day Sailing Cruise from Paihia

From US$ 103.12 per person

Enjoy a day of sun-kissed skin, windswept hair, and salty smiles on an active day sailing adventure through the spectacular Bay of Islands. Sail into the stunning bay for a 2-hour island stopover with picnic lunch and refreshments included.

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Duration 6 hours
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  • Explore the Bay of Islands the Kiwi way on a day sailing adventure
  • Help sail the boat or relax in a bean bag
  • Stopover on an island to snorkel, paddle board, hike or swim
  • Encounter native bush and rare bird species on wildlife sanctuary islands
  • Savor morning tea, a picnic lunch, and a refreshing cold drink on the return sail
Full description
Embark on a magical day sailing adventure in the Bay of Islands. Experience the Kiwi barefoot culture for yourself as you step straight from Paihia's beachfront onto a modern catamaran.  Set sail through the bay's 144 islands to a remote island stopover aboard Kopiko, a 33-foot performance catamaran built for speed, comfort, and style. Lend the friendly crew a hand with sailing the boat, or spread out with plenty of deck space where you can grab a bean bag and chalk up some leisure time. Discover a wealth of wildlife from seabirds, stingrays, seals, penguins, to dolphins.  Arrive in a stunning bay, where you'll anchor close to the beach. Step off onto the island and enjoy a delicious packed lunch at a stunning picnic spot of your choice. Enjoy short walking trails, picturesque views, snorkeling, paddleboarding, swimming, or digging your toes into the sand. After your island adventures, set sail and watch the wind fill the sails as you relax on the return trip. 
  • Day sailing adventure aboard a 33-foot sailing catamaran
  • Experienced crew
  • Picnic lunch
  • Morning tea
  • Cold beverage on return sail
  • Use of snorkel and paddleboarding equipment
  • Waterproof rain ponchos - if required
    Not suitable for
    • People with mobility impairments
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Masks are required while indoors
    • All participants who are over 12 years old must present proof of full vaccination
    • All participants must also bring a valid form of ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, identity card, student card, etc)

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    Meeting point

    Barefoot Sailing Adventures, Marsden Road, Paihia 0200, New Zealand. The boat will be anchored close to the shore on Paihia Beach. You will see the Barefoot Sailing Adventures catamaran when you arrive at the beach.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Warm clothing
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat
    • Swimwear
    • Towel
    • Sunscreen
    • Water

    Not allowed

    • Alcohol and drugs

    Know before you go

    • Your ticket includes a contribution to Project Island Song Wildlife Sanctuary
    • A moderate level of physical ability is required for this active adventure-style cruise
    • For your safety and enjoyment, a reasonable level of spoken English is required for communication, understanding of safety briefings, and spoken instructions
    • To participate in water activities, you must be able to competently swim a distance of 200-meters unassisted (no lifejackets)
    • A vegetarian lunch is available by arrangement - please state at the time of booking
    • For specific dietary requirements or allergies, it is recommended to cater this yourself for your personal safety and satisfaction
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 46 reviews

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    Amazing value for money. We got 4 hours sailing, 2 hours to snorkel / paddle board / take an island walk, morning tea / lunch / and an afternoon drink. The hosts are lovely, safe, and organised. Skip the big tour boats and do something different - like this. We will go again when next in the bay of islands.

    January 17, 2021

    Was such a perfect chilled day. Luke was a brilliant host and very knowledgeable. Loved the small touches like morning tea. Plenty of time in the bay. Will be recommending to everyone I know travelling to the bay of Islands. This was honestly the most relaxed I've been in weeks just watching the views and soaking up the sun. We would do it again if we are in the area for sure.

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    December 13, 2020

    Brilliant day out with Barefoot Adventures. What a sweet ride on the Cat! Incredibly comfortable day sailing lounging on bean bags whilst soaking in sun, sea air and the beautiful bay scenery. Wonderful to learn and help support the Project Island Song. If you only get one chance to get out to the bay then this is definitely the boat and crew to choose. Luke and Rachael wonderful hosts and food was excellent! We will be back with the tribe. Thanks for a memorable day.

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    November 15, 2020

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