Up to 7 days
Sailing Bay of Islands is an absolute must do, while visiting this unique region of New Zealand! Located in the sub-tropical far north, the Bay of Islands is a magical sailing destination; offering over 140 natural islands within easy day sailing distance. This little slice of paradise is a truly memorable place to go for a sailing trip, with its calm, pristine waters, marine wildlife and of course, the naturally stunning scenery. The Bay of Islands is a world-renowned sailing destination, whether you’re a first-time sailor or a seasoned professional, you’ll have a great time with Barefoot Sailing Adventures.
Come join the Barefoot Sailing crew for a magical day sailing around the Bay of Islands. Trips depart daily from the Paihia beachfront, cruising among our beautiful marine playground aboard Kopiko. Our 33ft performance catamaran is built for speed and she gets you where you want to go in comfort and style! There’s plenty of deck space to spread out and relax, so grab a bean bag and chalk up some leisure time. Enjoy a day of sun kissed skin, windswept hair, and salty smiles!
The boat pulls right up to the beach where you can step aboard from the shore line. We set sail for our day’s adventure – wherever that may take us! With 144 islands, we really are spoiled for choice as to spectacular destinations for our day sailing adventures. We have our favorites of course, we will choose from either Urupukapuka, Motuarahia, Moturua, Waewaetoria for our island stopover.
The boat anchors right up close to the beach where you can step off and enjoy a delicious packed lunch at a stunning picnic spot of your choice. There are short walking tails which can you can follow to find picturesque views, soak up the sounds of the bird song. For the water babies, snorkeling and paddle boarding is top on the list of things to do. Enjoy a refreshing swim or simply dig your toes into the sand and relax – the choice is yours!
There’s a wealth of wildlife to see when sailing in the Bay of Islands. From the deck of Kopiko you may get the chance to see a range of seabirds, stingrays, seals playing and penguins are often popping up. Of course, there’s a chance that you might see some dolphins too!
Learn about Project Island Song wildlife sanctuary as we reach our island destination. The group of 7 islands of Ipipiri are being restored, replanted and many endangered bird, lizard and invertebrates are being relocated here to create a thriving eco-system. You will experience rare and endangered bird species on your island adventures, thanks to the effort of Project Island Song we are blessed with abundant birdsong in the beautiful regenerating native bush. A portion of your Island Hopper ticket price is donated to Project Island song.
Once we’ve finished our island adventures we set sail again, making the most of our beautiful sea breezes on the home run. So watch the wind fill the sails, kick back, relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility – a perfect end to our Day Sailing adventures.
INCLUSIONS: Morning – Coffee/tea/hot chocolate & biscuit Lunch – Delicious packed picnic lunch with plenty of goodies Afternoon – refreshing cold drink on the return sail
Tour Duration 6 hours