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Bay of Islands: Island Hopper Day Sailing Cruise from Paihia

Bay of Islands: Island Hopper Day Sailing Cruise from Paihia

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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

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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
    • Drinks
    • Sunscreen
    • Long-sleeved shirt
    • Reusable water bottle

    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 64 reviews

    Review summary

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    I was tossing up between all of the cruises on offer and I’m so happy I picked barefoot! The small group size on the boat made it really friendly. It was lovely putting the sails up on the catamaran and getting to cruise the bay. Beach stop has option to snorkel, stand up paddle board, hike across the island or just relax on the beach or boat. Staff on board were welcoming and made sure everyone had a wonderful time. An all round superb day!

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    January 19, 2023

    Such an incredible day on the water. Luke and his offsider for the day were so knowledgeable. Luke was very accomodating to everyone’s needs and always had a story or two for us. He has a clear love for what he does and the land that he works in. Not only was Luke so knowledgeable about the area but he was able to give some very helpful paddle boarding tips. My partner and I had the most wonderful day and would do it all over again if we find ourselves back in the Bay of Islands.

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    October 18, 2022

    Fantastic experience, can’t recommend enough. Luke and his team thought of everything and we felt very well cared for. We had an awesome girls trip on the boat, swimming, snorkeling and paddle boarding. We also enjoyed hearing information about the area and part of our ticket even went towards a local native bird sanctuary. Very worthwhile experience

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    April 19, 2022

    Product ID: 187431