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Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Tour - Snorkel, Hike, Swim, Paddleboard, Wildlife

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Paihia, New Zealand
Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Tour - Snorkel, Hike, Swim, Paddleboard, Wildlife

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Let seafaring experts show you the best of New Zealand’s Bay of Islands by land and by water on this adventure cruise. With 144 different isles, it can be hard to know where to start, but your captain and crew know all the best spots to swim, snorkel, stand-up paddleboard, and spot marine life. Hop off at two hand-picked islands for a hike to panoramic lookout points and beachside tea with biscuits.
  • Learn about the Bay of Islands' native wildlife, geology, and legends
  • Stay active with stops for water sports and beach time
  • Hike and snap 360-degree views on two of the most spectacular islands
  • Great way to sample the best of the North Island archipelago in just a half day
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Small group tours (20 people maximum)
Scenic Cruise among 144 Islands
Two remote island stopovers
Swim, Snorkel and relax (all equipment provided)
Wildlife spotting, commentary and information throughout the day
Stand-up Paddleboarding (all equipment provided)
Complimentary Morning Tea/Coffee and Biscuit
A truly personalised, local experience
Coffee and/or Tea
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Marsden Road, Paihia 0247, New Zealand

Check-in Location: Salt Air Office ( Helicopter Office next to the Paihia Wharf) 15 minutes before your departure time Directions: Meet at the Salt Air Office (next to Paihia Wharf) 15 minutes before your departure time Return Location: Paihia Wharf

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: If you are arriving in Waitangi Wharf, the cruiseship provides FREE shuttle buses for cruise ship guests to transfer you into Paihia (5 minute bus ride)
  • The bus will drop you off outside the Paihia Wharf next to our check-in location - SALT AIR HELICOPTER OFFICE
  • Suitable for families, couples and solo travellers
  • Suitable for all ages
  • Please bring a swimsuit & towel, and appropriate clothing for the day
  • Please bring lunch& drink for the day
  • Minimum numbers apply. (3 people) There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Cancellations made within 48 hours of departure will forfeit 100% of the ticket cost
  • No-show will forfeit 100% of the ticket cost
  • Cruise-ship guests need to insure their travel insurance covers them in the unlikely event that the cruise-ship does not stop in port, as we are unable to refund in these situations.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sea Shuttle Bay of Islands
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Tour - Snorkel, Hike, Swim, Paddleboard, Wildlife?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Tour - Snorkel, Hike, Swim, Paddleboard, Wildlife.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Tour - Snorkel, Hike, Swim, Paddleboard, Wildlife?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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, Jan 2022
Loved it team was incredible made an effort to get to know everyone definitely recommend well worth it
Amazing Bay of island trip
, Jan 2022
Snorkelling, paddle boat and watching lagoons were memorable moments of this trip. Captain Lynn was very friendly and a good guide. We were lucky to see the little blue penguins and dolphins on our trip. Would highly recommend.
Amazing family fun with kids of all ages
, Dec 2021
We had an amazing time with Nick. So knowledgeable and super friendly. Even swum with a child who's parents don't swim, talk about going the extra mile. Definitely recommend to all.
Relaxed day in paradise
, May 2021
We had a mall group of 6 which was divine . Great experience. Walk up to lookout was sensational. Loved our guide who was informative, friendly and professional.
Great experience
, Apr 2021
Excellent trip. We were a party of 4 adults and 2 kids and everyone enjoyed themselves immensely. Captain Lyn was very knowledgeable on the area and an excellent host.
Absolutely Fabulous
, Jan 2021
Watching our 6 year old grandson paddle boarding for the first time when we stopped over at one of the beautiful bays
Best way to see the bay of islands
, Mar 2020
This tour was everything we had hoped for an more! Not only were the guides very knowledgable and super friendly, we even managed to swim with a stingray - a dream come true! The entire experience can be tailored to your own fitness level. As a young couple, we were happy to climb top of islands and spend the maximum of time in the water, whereas others from our group, enjoyed relaxing sits and coffees at the beach. Highly recommend this tour to anybody looking to enjoy the bay of islands with limited time. Lin and Mary were awesome - thanks for the great time!
Great boat trip!
, Mar 2020
Jake was great - very informative and looked after us all on the trip! We went paddle boarding and snorkelling. The highlight of the trip was seeing dolphins! We had a really good time.
, Feb 2020
We had a fantastic time on this tour. Beautiful scenery and wonderful tour guides made this a trip to remember
Great way to spend 5 hours in the Bay of Islands!
, Feb 2020
Mary from California and Jake were our guides. If you enjoy playing in the ocean but have not experienced paddleboarding and snorkeling, this is a great place to try these activities for the first time, but the water can be cold so wear the proper suit. Some people did not mind the colder waters. Mary will give you a short paddle boarding or snorkeling lesson to get you started. After the tour, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the town. Highly Recommend!

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