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“Helpful, friendly, great value”

Great Escape Yacht Charters and Sailing School
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Opua
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 1, 2012

My family hired the Catamaran from Great Escape in January for 4 days. It was very well fitted out, in great condition and had really good living and sleeping accomodation. It was a good bit cheaper than catamarans from other bigger charter companies and you can book by the day rather than a whole week.. and although perhaps not as new with less bathrooms than other cats, was perfect for us. Especially liked the freezer, fridge and fantasitc BBQ off the back and the large eating area. This is a family run business and they were extremely helpful, from booking right through to the end of the charter. Highly recommend. Bay of Islands is a great cruising spot for young families, plenty of islands to visit, sheltered water for swimming off the boat and lots of blue penguins and dolphins to spot..

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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape Yacht Charters and Sailing School, responded to this reviewResponded March 24, 2014

Hello and so glad you enjoyed your experience with us, especially pleased you felt safe with us. I hope you continue your sailing and it would be nice to see you again..

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Darren

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Reviewed February 7, 2012

We had a really fantastic time on a chartered sailingboat from this company. We sailed for 4 days (3 nights) in the bay of islands with a 25ft boat with a lifting keel. We got some great advise on which bays to ancor: most of the time we were the closesed boat to shore (with our keel lifted ofcourse). It was like having the whole island/beach to ourselves. We even saw dophins and a pinguin!
The boat was not new, but well maintained. Only the matresses/couchpillows were a tat worndown.
The couple who's exploiting this company is really friendly and helpfull, they do sailinglessons as well (if you are not an experienced sailor, you can take a course and then go off on a rented boat for a couple of days to practice what you have learned).
We had good value for money and recommend the Great Escape to anyone who likes sailing!

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Reviewed February 14, 2015
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