Join the Island Hopper Cruise for a day sailing adventure you will never forget!

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 seat and chalk up some leisure time. Enjoy a day of sun kissed skin, windswept hair, and salty smiles!


  • PRICE:  $140 Adult, $120 Child (12 & under)
  • DEPARTS: 10am sharp! Please be ready to board the boat at Paihia beach by 9.45
  • DURATION: 6 hours. Lunchtime island stopover for 2 hours. Returning to Paihia beach 4pm
  • INCLUSIONS: Morning – Coffee/tea/hot chocolate & biscuit  Lunch – Delicious packed picnic lunch with plenty of goodies Afternoon – refreshing cold drink on the return sail
  • WHAT TO BRING: Hat, sunglasses, sunblock, jacket, swimwear, towel, walking shoes, drinking water, SMILE 🙂

All aboard!

Departing from Paihia beachfront, 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.


You will find us at Paihia beach. The boat pulls right up to the shore.


Kick your shoes off and step aboard.


Island adventures

There’s nothing better than exploring a remote island after sailing into a beautiful bay – it’s all part of the adventure!

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.

Photo Credit – Darren Markin

Homeward bound

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.

The Barefoot Crew offer you a great opportunity to experience day sailing at its best, in a world-renowned sailing destination. So grab some friends, bring the family or simply take some time out for yourself. 


 To find out more about our day sailing trips, contact the friendly team at Barefoot Sailing Adventures today!