This is a fabulous day out with the very capable Skipper Stephen Western, a native kiwi with great knowledge of the surrounding area and waters. It is a unique way to explore the Bay of Islands, and there is no equivalent to seeing it from the water. We were also very lucky to accompany Steve on the day of the Tall Ships and Yacht Regatta in January 2014 and it is an experience that I will forever remember.
This is a quality charter, Steve is also a great photographer and has a great knowledge of a wide array of little beauty spots so you can capture some fantastic scenes on camera. On one of the days we went out with him we were lucky enough to see dolphins and orcas, a wonderful sight in their beautiful natural habitat and highlights how fake and tacky the likes of Seaworld etc all are.
The great thing about his charters is the relaxed quality that is evident throughout - he only takes small numbers, the lunch platter is absolutely beautiful (Sue's homemade muffins are to die for), and he is flexible with times if you are - it is primarily about you having an enjoyable and memorable experience. Steve is a fine Captain and sailor, responsible, safe and has a gentle authoritative manner - the kind of qualities that are worth any money when you are going out to sea.
In addition - if your holiday snaps are too amateur to get put onto canvas to display in your home - he has a wonderful selection of fabulous photographs (nautical and otherwise) which you can acquire for a worthwhile number of dollars, made all the more special because you have some knowledge of the man who took them.
All in all - a truly memorable experience in a beautiful part of the world. (Thanks Steve)