Island Hopper Cruise – Bay Of Islands

Join the Island Hopper Cruise for a unique and unforgettable day sailing adventure!

Come spend a day with the Barefoot Sailing crew for a magical day sailing cruise to a fantastic island destination. If you’re looking for something a little different, you’ve found it! This small group tour is designed to suit the active/adventurer, but equally relaxing if you’re looking for an easy going day. There is something for everyone on our all inclusive Island Hopper Cruise and with 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!


Best day with the Barefoot Sailing team
Do it ! We had the best day with the Barefoot Sailing team. Beautiful people, magnificent day. You can choose to do as little or as much as you want…. Lunch was delicious.
If you’re in Bay of Islands, don’t miss out on this!

Haley - Couple from Cairns

Fantastic day out!
Luke and  Rachael were fantastic hosts; relaxed, knowledgeable and helpful. The catamaran was immaculate and the bean bags were lovely and cosy.  Destination, tour and sights were top notch – we even saw dolphins!
Overall would definitely recommend you book with these guys.


Hard to find any negatives because there weren’t any.
Luke and Rachel were so welcoming and friendly it was almost like we had known them for years.
They each had their respective roles to play and they brought a reassuring competence to everything they did.
The lunch packs were really good as was the golden beer at the end. A thoroughly enjoyable day on the water.

Matt & Kim - Sydney, Northern Beaches

Highly recommend – a beautiful day sailing through the islands!
We had the best time with the barefoot sailing crew! Beautiful day sailing through the islands. Rachel and Luke were beyond fabulous, lunch was delicious, we got to experience snorkeling, paddle boarding and a short hike around the beautiful island to appreciate the wildlife. This was definitely a highlight  of our entire trip. If you’re in the Bay of Islands don’t miss out on this incredible excursion! Thanks Rach and Luke!

Kayla - Couple travelling with friends

Worth every cent!!
From the moment I enquired about this trip, Rachel was totally onto it great communication all the way. Luke was a super captain very knowledgeable and worked his way around each and every quest getting to know them. We sailed for 2 hours to an island where we had an awesome packed lunch, stand up paddle boards and snorkeling  where Rachel took my son under her wing. Sailed back, they gave us a nice cold beer on the way home. Kids loved it and we all had a fab time. Highly recommend. Support the local Kiwis…

Jodie - Family holiday with kids
Great Sailing
If you like a smaller boat with less people instead of the big touristy tours, go for this one! Very nice crew, with a chance to learn a thing or two about sailing also. Luke gave us a turn on the helm and we absolutely loved it! Can’t wait to sail again with the Barefoot crew.
Cameron - couple, NZ


Island Hopper Cruise


PRICE: $155 Adult – $135 Child (12 & under)

DEPARTURE TIME: 10am sharp! Please be ready to board the boat at Paihia beach by 9.45. Returns 4pm

MEETING POINT: Paihia Beach, Marsden Rd Paihia

SAILING SEASON: October to May

AVAILABILITY: Daily by demand (please ensure your booking is made in advance)

DURATION: 6 hours, with lunchtime island stopover for 2 hours

GROUP SIZE: Max 16 people

INCLUSIONS: Morning – Coffee/tea Lunch – Delicious packed picnic lunch Afternoon – refreshing cold drink

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Snorkelling, Swimming, Paddle Boarding, Island Bush Walks, Bird Watching, Beachcombing


  • The Ultimate Bay of Islands Sailing Cruise

    Experience the magic of the Bay of Islands on our premium sailing cruise, with plenty of action and loads of relaxing. We’ve taken care of the details so you can enjoy a hassle free day making the most of your holiday in the Bay of Islands.   This really is the Ultimate Bay of Islands sailing cruise!

  • No hidden costs!

    Leave your wallet at home and forget the hassle of packing a picnic lunch, we’ve done it for you! Our all inclusive price includes food, drinks and activities. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure, we’ll take care of the rest 🙂

  • Something for everyone

    Whether you are a solo traveller, a couple, family or group of friends, you will be well entertained with a range of activities to suit different interests and ages, from kids to teenagers, adults and active seniors.  There’s something for everyone on an Island Hopper Cruise.

  • A great sailing experience

    Explore the Bay of Islands under sail, cruising among the many islands we take you on a journey like no other to enjoy the stunning scenery of this sub-tropical archipelago. Enjoy an exceptional sailing experience in the Eastern Bay of Islands with the Island Hopper Cruise, which offers the most sailing of all our cruises, up to 4 hours in total. Sailing is what we are all about and we’ll do our best to make sure you get the best sailing experience we can give you.

  • Island stopover

    The jewel of this cruise is the 2 our island stopover for lunch and optional activities. Snorkel the rocky reef and sandy beaches,  have a go at paddle boarding in the sheltered bay, or take a swim. Explore the island, there are great bush walking trails, bird watching, enjoy a beach combing adventure, or simply dig your toes in the sand,  kick back and relax.

  • Wildlife sanctuary island

    Visit a wildlife sanctuary island, where you can take a walk in the native bush and experience some of New Zealand’s rare endemic bird species in regenerating native bush. Kakariki, Kiwi, Saddleback, Robin, Whitehead, Pateke, have been re-introduced here and are thriving with the protection of predator free islands, thanks to Project Island Song.

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