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Cruise Ship Excursion Option - 5 Hour Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Day Tour

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    What to Expect
    CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: If you are arriving in Waitangi Wharf, there are FREE shuttle buses provided for cruise ship guests to transfer you into Paihia (5 minute bus ride)

    The bus will drop you off outside the Paihia Wharf next to our check-in location - SALT AIR HELICOPTER OFFICE
    • Check-in at the Salt Air Office (Helicopter office next to the Paihia Wharf) at 9.45am
    • Our crew will greet you and bring you down to our boat as they welcome you on board
    • Take a seat as we begin cruising the sheltered coastline towards the outer islands
    • Keep and eye out for local wildlife as your skipper and crew will point out local hot-spots and provide plenty of history and information about the area. 
    • Our first stop is Roberton Island (also known as the famous Twin Lagoons) where we disembark and take a 10 minute walk amongst native flora and fauna to the island lookout point - a breathtaking 360 degree view of the Bay of Islands. 
    • Upon returning from the walk, your crew will provide beachside morning tea with coffee/tea and biscuits. 
    • Take some time exploring the tidal lagoons, or take relax on this secluded island before making your way back on board the boat. 
    • Our tour continues as we cruise among the 144 islands the bay has to offer. Keep an eye out for marine life and unique shore birds that live in the area - sometimes we are lucky enough to spot dolphins and a variety of other wildlife throughout the day!! 
    • Arriving at our second island stop, we begin our activities....all equipment is available for you to discover the underwater reefs with snorkelling gear provided and give Stand-up Paddleboarding a try.
    • Take a walk along one of the island trails, enjoy a swim or relax on the unfrequented beaches in the warmth of the sun....some days, you can even try fresh NZ Kina (seafood)  - there are options for everyone. 
    • After our time on the second island, we begin our cruise back home through the islands following the coastline back into Paihia. 
    • Whether you are a solo traveller, a couple on a honeymoon, or a family on vacation, your visit to the Bay of Islands isn't complete until you have experienced our Island Getaway Day Cruise
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Paihia Wharf
    Check-in at the Salt Air Office, 9.45am ( Helicopter Office next to the Paihia Wharf)
    Departure Time
    10:00 AM
    Return Details
    Paihia Wharf
    • Small group tours (20 people maximum)
    • Scenic Cruise among 144 Islands
    • Two remote island stopovers
    • Swim, Snorkel and relax (all equipment provided)
    • Wildlife spotting, commentary and information throughout the day
    • Stand-up Paddleboarding (all equipment provided)
    • Complimentary Morning Tea/Coffee and Biscuit
    • A truly personalised, local experience
    • Food and drinks (unless pre-ordered packed lunch)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: If you are arriving in Waitangi Wharf, the cruiseship provides FREE shuttle buses for cruise ship guests to transfer you into Paihia (5 minute bus ride) The bus will drop you off outside the Paihia Wharf next to our check-in location - SALT AIR HELICOPTER OFFICE
    • Suitable for families, couples and solo travellers
    • Suitable for all ages
    • Please bring a swimsuit & towel, and appropriate clothing for the day
    • Please bring lunch& drink for the day
    • Minimum numbers apply. (3 people) There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
    • Cancellations made within 48 hours of departure will forfeit 100% of the ticket cost
    • No-show will forfeit 100% of the ticket cost
    • Cruise-ship guests need to insure their travel insurance covers them in the unlikely event that the cruise-ship does not stop in port, as we are unable to refund in these situations.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We have had a day we'll remember forever! Beautiful views, shimmering green waters and trying snorkeling and paddle boarding in the sea for the first time! Lin and Jake were really friendly and were interested in getting to know our names and where we came from. We even got a
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    This tour would have to have been the highlight to our trip to New Zealand, Adam and Linford made us feel welcome and relaxed and had plenty of interesting facts to share with us. They were also mindful of getting us back to our cruise ship on time as well :) We had the best
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    We're a family of four, with two kids (8 & 6), and we had a really great time on our excursion. I chose Sea Shuttle because it looked a bit more personable that the larger more commercial tours, and it didn't disappoint. Adam and Gwen were both great - friendly, competent and
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    Adam was such a star for my day trip! Such a knowledgeable guy too. He really went the extra mile educating us about the area too. He dived for sea urchins and gave us a start to finish lesson on how to prepare them and eat them! Crazy experience but really cool. I was traveling
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    Response from SeaShuttleBOI, Owner at Cruise Ship Excursion Option - 5 Hour Bay of Islands Cruise & Island Day Tour
    Responded Dec. 24, 2018
    Hi Holly! Thank you so much for the lovely review. I really appreciate you taking the time to share about your trip and for the kind words. We are so glad to hear you had a great experience with Sea Shuttle and enjoyed our small & personalized cruise and had an epic day. You are always welcome onboard. All the best, Adam
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    First of all Linford and Adam are total legends! The day trip exceeded expectations, got fun tidbits about the local areas and the islands we visited without overloading information which I've come to learn is a hard balance on day trips! We had a beautiful sunny day fortunately
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