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Full Day Sailing in the Bay of Islands

Highlights
  • Sail around the Bay of Islands for a firsthand experience of the region
  • Have the option to learn some sailing skills by helping out the crew
  • Includes a stop for lunch (included) and water activities at an island
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Full Day Sailing in the Bay of Islands
From $84.21
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Full Day Sailing in the Bay of Islands
From $84.21
Overview
Spend a day cruising through the Bay of Islands aboard a deluxe sailboat that sets sail from Russell. Your captain stops at a picturesque island where you have lunch, and time to snorkel, kayak, swim, and walk to a lookout point. Cruise over to The Black Rocks for photo ops of the volcanic formation, keep an eye out for marine life, and hear commentary from your captain about the region.
What to Expect
Come sailing with us in the gorgeous Bay of Islands! Departure is at 10am from the Russell wharf.
  • calm morning sail, wildlife spotting (penguins, sharks, dolphins, etc)
  • 1130-12pm, island exploration time! Tender to shore to hike to a gorgeous lookout, snorkel, kayak or simply lounge on the beach!
  • Walking up to one of the view points that allow panorama views of the many islands
  • A beautiful smoked chicken salad will be prepared for you on board with locally grown ingredients, tea and coffee available on request
  • 130-2pm we will set sail again to keep exploring the bay, sometimes heading to the Black rock formations, sometimes simply sailing between the islands, wherever the wind takes us!
  • Slowly head back towards Russell, always keeping an eye out for marine life
  • Return 330-4pm at the Russell wharf
As sailing is very reliant on the weather conditions, this schedule is only to give an idea of how the day is planned. Each day is different and we visit different islands according the the wind strength and direction.
Reviews (97)
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Reviewed 6 days ago
Best way to experience Bay of Islands

This 42 foot sailboat was a delight to spend the day on. Nik and Natalie are a great team and made us feel very comfortable as we sailed around a few islands. We stopped at a beach and were tendered there in a small dinghy....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Susan L
NathalieVigilant, Manager at Vigilant Yacht Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We appreciate the review Susan! We're glad you got the chance to come out with us, and happy you enjoyed yourself!

Reviewed 6 days ago
Splendid Sail!

Nik and Natalie gave us a spectacular experience on Nik's ocean-cruising 42' cutter. The breeze was up, and he really sailed the boat, though always keeping an eye on the comfort of those of us aboard. Mid-cruise, we stopped at one of the islands used...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David H
NathalieVigilant, Manager at Vigilant Yacht Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for coming out with us David! It was a pleasure having you on board, we're happy to hear you had a good time!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Great day on the water

We had such a great day on the water today. Skipper Nik has a lot of knowledge of the Bay of Island and is a really good sailor as well. No big groups so lots of space and time to do some sailing ourselves. Lovely...More

Thank pauline782017
NathalieL1233, Manager at Vigilant Yacht Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Great to hear you had a good day out on the water with Nik on board Vigilant! Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed October 14, 2018
Nik and Natalie are great company with lots of stories to share

We were drawn to Russell for their annual Walking Weekend, but with one person who wasn't up for much walking, we chose to do this full day trip: motoring and sailing through the Bay of Islands (you really appreciate the name if you're on the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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NathalieL1233, Manager at Vigilant Yacht Charters, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Thank you so much Annalily! It was a pleasure to have you on board we are happy to hear you enjoyed yourself, it was lovely getting to know you!

Reviewed September 29, 2018
Great day sailing a Bay of Islands

Had a great day on the water with Nik and Natalie. Would highly recommend going sailing with them for a great experience on spectacular “Bay of Islands”.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Greg G
NathalieL1233, Manager at Vigilant Yacht Charters, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2018

Thanks so much for the review Greg! We loved having you both on board, we hope you had a great anniversary!

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