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Bay of Islands Small Group Afternoon Cruise & Island Tour

4.8 / 5

51 reviews

Bay of Islands Small Group Afternoon Cruise & Island Tour

From US$ 60.60 per person

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.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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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
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

Check-in at the Salt Air Office at least 10 minutes before your scheduled departure.

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  • 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

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4.8 /5

based on 51 reviews

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My friends and I had an amazing experience, we got to explore two islands and were able to paddle board and snorkeling in one of them. Gear is provided. We visited Robertson Island and the views were amazing! Our friendly tour guide gave us interesting facts about the history during the tour. Highly recommend this tour :) My highlight was seeing a stingray :)

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March 15, 2021

We had an absolute blast on this trip! Would highly recommend. Lynn was super nice and told some great stories about where we stopped, and seemed to make an effort to have a mean convo with everyone. The places we stopped at were gorgeous and we had so much fun snorkeling and paddle boarding.

January 4, 2021

We had a fantastic day out with our hosts, Nick, Lynn & Anna. They were very friendly and knowledgeable and went out of their way to make our day memorable and special We stopped at Roberson island for a hike to the lookout point which was absolutely breathtaking and had morning tea under a tree on the beach. We travelled to Urapukapuka next for snorkelling, paddle boarding and lunch before heading back to Russel.

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December 23, 2020

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