Family of 6, that is made up of 2 adults, two teens and two pre-teens (youngest being 7). Kids got to steer, sail, snorkel, jump from the yacht. I got to lay in the sun and relax. Great memories of my youngest steering the yacht at its fastest, and also leaping from the boat into a beautiful green sea when we'd anchored.
Tom is a great host, skipper and professional, engaging the kids, providing lunch and drinks and making sure every part of it was fun for everyone. Along the way we were joined by dolphins in a completely natural way, not following or chasing or crammed into the many dolphin watch boats that we've seen in the bay. They followed us, we didn't need to chase them or spend Hours trying to spot them.
The fun starts at the beach in taking the motor boat to the Te Kaihau yacht, and from there we went faster and further than any other charter. You choose how involved you want to be in taking the yacht to where it is heading and back again. My kids took turns in steering, and the arms length approach of Tom let them really feel like they were the skipper of the fastest yacht in the Bay of Islands.
With flippers and snorkelling gear provided, we all dived into to the water at one of the bays and saw rays, fish and simply enjoyed an unrushed, relaxing but exciting time. We started before 10am, we came back at nearly 5pm and it flew past.
In summary, there's a lot charters and boating trips on offer in the Bay of Islands, this is the best by far. Incredible value, even for a family of 6, and a great day out for every age. Do it.
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