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

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    What to Expect
    • Check-in at the Salt Air Office (Helicopter office next to the Paihia Wharf) at 9.45am
    • Our crew will greet you and bring you down to our boat as they welcome you on board
    • Take a seat as we begin cruising the sheltered coastline towards the outer islands
    • Keep and eye out for local wildlife as your skipper and crew will point out local hot-spots and provide plenty of history and information about the area. 
    • Our first stop is Roberton Island (also known as the famous Twin Lagoons) where we disembark and take a 10 minute walk amongst native flora and fauna to the island lookout point - a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bay of Islands. 
    • Upon returning from the walk, your crew will provide beachside morning tea with coffee/tea and biscuits. 
    • Take some time exploring the tidal lagoons, or take relax on this secluded island before making your way back on board the boat. 
    • Our tour continues as we cruise among the 144 islands the bay has to offer. Keep an eye out for marine life and unique shore birds that live in the area - sometimes we are lucky enough to spot dolphins and a variety of other wildlife throughout the day!! 
    • Arriving at our second island stop, we begin our activities....all equipment is available for you to discover the underwater reefs with snorkelling gear provided and give Stand-up Paddleboarding a try.
    • Take a walk along one of the island trails, enjoy a swim or relax on the unfrequented beaches in the warmth of the sun....some days, you can even try fresh NZ Kina (seafood)  - there are options for everyone. 

    • After our time on the second island, we begin our cruise back home through the islands following the coastline back into Paihia. 
    • Whether you are a solo traveller, a couple on a honeymoon, or a family on vacation, your visit to the Bay of Islands isn't complete until you have experienced our Island Getaway Day Cruise
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Salt Air Tours, Marsden Road, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 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
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    Additional Info
    • 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.
    • 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
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    I can really recommend this tour! Blue and Lin did an amazing Job and showed us beautiful places. The stops are really worth a visit and we had enough time to explore everything. I would recommend this tour for every age, since there’s a big variety of things to do and everyone
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    A great way to explore the Bay of Islands. The 2 young people leading the tour were great. The scenery was spectacular.
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    We loved this day in the Bay of Islands...including a very enjoyable short hike and a wonderful stop on a deserted beach for paddle boarding, swimming and snorkelling. The hosts, Lyn and Blue, were charming and gave just the right amount of information, the feeling was casual
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    Really enjoyed our time hiking, snorkelling, paddle boarding and exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands. The Captain Lin, and Mary were very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. I would highly recommend the day long trip. Thanks for the awesome day!
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    Really enjoyed this trip! Beautiful islands, saw a penguin and finally tried paddle boarding! Pretty little hike and wicked views! Tour guides were lovely and somehow seemed to remember everyone’s name plus as a little treat cracked open some urchins and let us try. Thanks guys
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    About the operator
    By: Sea Shuttle Bay of Islands
    Debra H
    Bay of Islands boat trip
    Had a really good afternoon with you guys. Enjoyed the boat ride, the island walk and the paddleboarding. Thank
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    Amazing afternoon trip around the Bay of Islands!
    The afternoon day trip was just perfect! Great value for money and you get to visit 2 islands. See some great
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    Frankfurt, Germany
    Afternoon cruise was a blast!
    To start with, Jake was a very nice host who made sure we felt comfortable throughout the whole trip. During the
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    Wonderful cruise ship excursion!
    We loved Lin and Blue! We had a wonderful day with them, felt very safe on the water, and they kept us to time.
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    Janine W
    Amazing Trip
    I can really recommend this tour! Blue and Lin did an amazing Job and showed us beautiful places. The stops are
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    Raul S
    First time on a paddle board :))
    Perfect way to spend your afternoon. It was a nice relaxing cruise. Special thanks to Jake and Mary. They were
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    PR Moose
    Bay of Islands.
    A great way to explore the Bay of Islands. The 2 young people leading the tour were great. The scenery was
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    Great tour!
    Definitely worth doing, not too long, not too short, with interesting information about sea urchins (I see a
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    Hadar E
    Best time
    Had an amazing time at the islands tours Lin was the best guide/skipper to have ! Thank you so much!
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    Andrew B
    Canterbury, United Kingdom
    Absolutely stunning
    Afternoon trip was perfect. Got to do loads of new things. Views were spectacular and the water was awesome. The
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