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Sailing in the Bay of Islands

Russell, New Zealand

Experience hosted by Nathalie

5.5 hoursHosted in English and French
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes food and equipment

What you'll do

Departing from the Russell Wharf at 10am, we will sail out to one of the 144 islands that are only accessible by boat. On the way there we will do our best to spot our local wildlife; dolphins, penguins, sharks and our wonderful array of seabirds. Once on the island, we will spend an hour or two beach combing, hiking, kayaking, snorkelling or simply lounging in the sun! Since the Islands are bird conservation sites we will hopefully even spot a few native rare birds! After having a fresh lunch on board, we will then sail back to the Russell wharf to arrive around 330pm.
Other things to note
We need you to be at the Russell wharf at 9:45am for the safety briefing. Departure is at 10am, please don't be late. Like the saying "the ship has sailed", it will!
Departing from the Russell Wharf at 10am, we will sail out to one of the 144 islands that are only accessible by boat. On the way there we will do our best to spot our local wildlife; dolphins, penguins, sharks and our wonderful array of seabirds. Once on the island, we will spend an hour or two beach combing, hiking, kayaking, snorkelling or simply lounging in the sun! Since the Islands are bird conservation sites we will hopefully even spot a f…

What's included

  • Food
    Happy to accomodate to dietary restrictions.
  • Equipment
    Snorkeling gear
    Kayaks
    Lifejackets

Meet your host, Nathalie

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 179 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Vigilant was built right here in New Zealand. We have owned it for almost 10 years now, and have enjoyed it every step of the way. Nik grew up sailing here in the Bay, and has made a career out of it for over 20 years. Nathalie, myself, started my boating career on Vigilant 4 years ago, and have sinced joined the New Zealand Coastguard as well. We both feel super priviliged to live here in the Bay of Islands. 144 Islands to explore, what more could you ask for?
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Where you'll be

We will be going out in to the Bay of islands, there are 144 islands to explore. We generally pick the less populated one we can find (which isn't very hard!). The islands have beautiful lookouts with panoramic views of all of the islands, and are bird conservation sites, a great place to spot a few rare birds!
Gwendoline
April 2021
Exceptional. Natalie is a perfect hostess and Vigilant the perfect vessel for us. Just the right balance of luxury and solid comfort we’d want at sea. We were blessed on our trip with utterly divine weather, sparkling clear water, penguins and dolphins...heaven. And importantly, wonderful, kind, fellow guests (can’t plan for that but we were so grateful as this can break an otherwise good trip). Numbers are kept low on this trip however, which again was perfect for us. Lunch was amazing! Dietary restrictions catered for without issue but don’t do what I did and panic on the day, wondering if you’ll eat :) advise in advance! Natalie’s communication was excellent too. Natalie made it all look so easy because she’s evidently, one of those naturally gifted sailors. Despite not ‘doing it forever’ or loving it from the start. You’d never know that in a million years. Which means even a nervous sea farer like me, relaxed completely. Also my husband is dyspraxic and Natalie took this in her stride and most of all was super kind, to my hubs and indeed all of us. The island and snorkelling was heavenly for me. I didn’t swim out far enough to see fish but others did. This whole experience was pretty close to perfect. I think we might have to come back every year! Thank you so much Natalie.
Exceptional. Natalie is a perfect hostess and Vigilant the perfect vessel for us. Just the right balance of luxury and solid comfort we’d want at sea. We were blessed on our trip w…
Sammy
March 2021
This is a must do when in the area! What an amazing way to see the bay! We were unlucky and got caught in a bit of a rain storm at one point but it didn’t dampen the trip! Nathalie was warm, welcoming and friendly. She made us feel safe as well as giving us an amazing experience! Sailing itself was awesome and then having the chance to explore one of the many islands in the area was incredible!
This is a must do when in the area! What an amazing way to see the bay! We were unlucky and got caught in a bit of a rain storm at one point but it didn’t dampen the trip! Nathalie…
Claude
February 2021
An awesome time sailing round the bay, we even got to see dolphins swim with our boat which made it worth it for sure! Lots of fun snorkelling around the second island, would highly recommend it to all.
Holly
February 2021
Such a great experience and the best way to see the Bay of Islands! A great day meeting new people and exploring secret spots 😊🙌🏼 will do again in a heartbeat!
Angela
February 2021
My husband and I loved our day out with Nathalie and Anita. the bay was stunning and the island visit was such a treat. lunch was beautiful and i was fully looked after with my allergies and requirements. This is a wonderful, authentic experience that we would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing and friendly experience. Ange & Brad
My husband and I loved our day out with Nathalie and Anita. the bay was stunning and the island visit was such a treat. lunch was beautiful and i was fully looked after with my all…
Lottie & Jack
February 2021
What an incredible day trip 😊 Nat was so knowledgeable about the area that it made for a fantastic day sailing and exploring the islands. I would choose this small tailored trip over a large cruise any day, it was so much better and meant the spots we went to were so quiet 😊 Lunch was so delicious and fresh too!
What an incredible day trip 😊 Nat was so knowledgeable about the area that it made for a fantastic day sailing and exploring the islands. I would choose this small tailored trip o…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Beach Towel

Sunscreen