A great way to see the best of the bay
Join the Albatross V for a laid back, relaxing 2 ½ hour cruise around the pristine waters of the Bay of Islands. Enjoy being invigorated by the light sea breezes and entertained with a lighthearted commentary about our marine life and the local area. Passing picturesque bays and rocky outcrops as well as islands alive with lush, green native bush, we’ll meander our way around the bay. We often encounter gannets diving, penguins and various bird life along the way so have your camera ready. You may even be privileged enough to get up close and personal with the local dolphins if they decide to ride the Albatross’s bow wave. Soak up the scenery as you enjoy a complimentary tea, coffee or something from our on board cafe.
Departs Russell wharf; 8.00am Returns; 10.30am
Departs Russell wharf; 3.30pm Returns; 6.00pm
Complimentary return ferry transfer between Paihia and Russell for the day of travel
Use code: BOI at checkout to receive your online discount.
Ticket PricesAdult: $85Child: $45Senior (65+): $80Infant (up to 5 years): Free
If you’re more of an activity seeker, this one’s for you…
Jump on-board for a true kiwi experience!
Get amongst the underwater world in some of the best locations in the Bay of Islands with experienced guides who aim to get you up close and personal with the local marine life. Discover a lush, picturesque island with stunning views or relax on the white sandy shores. You may even decide to just chill out, lie back and soak up the beauty while enjoying a complimentary mouth watering muffin or a selection from our cafe.
Our experienced crew are always near to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable, relaxed experience while sharing their knowledge and passion for the natural environment.
Take the plunge and get amongst it with Albatross V Expeditions today. We have a basic range of wetsuits/masks/snorkels/hire towels available but you are most welcome to bring your own.
Departs Russell wharf; 11.00am Returns; 3.00pm
Ticket PricesAdult: $115Child: $60Senior (65+): $107.50Infant (up to 5 years): Free
Boarding at Russell we will head out through the Bay towards Urapukapuka Island where we will anchor and enjoy a leisurely lunch along with some activities such as swimming, paddle boarding, snorkelling, or simply relaxing on the white sandy shore of the appropriately named 'Paradise Bay'. You may even wish to explore the island and take a walk up the headland where you can enjoy one of the best views of the Bay. Once everyone's back onboard, we will then depart and continue our journey to our overnight anchorage at Whangamumu (site of the historic whaling station). While our crew cook up a good kiwi BBQ dinner, you can explore beautiful Whangamumu and the whaling station, swim, snorkel, paddle board, or relax with a good book.
After an adventure packed day a cosy bunk will be welcome for a peaceful night’s sleep. Next morning after a good hearty brekkie we will head out around Cape Brett towards the remotely beautiful Deep Water Cove. Here we will stop for lunch and if you wish, enjoy some more water activities in the deep, blue, crystal clear water or maybe take a guided hike up the beautifully rugged headland to Cape Brett lighthouse where you can indulge yourself with the spectacular 360' views. Once everyone's back onboard we will make our way back to Russell for disembarking. Locations may vary slightly due to changing weather.
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If you have specific destinations you wish to visit, a custom expedition may be a better alternative than one of our pre determined tours. You may be a hiker, tramper, fisher, geographer, or just a group of explorers wanting to go somewhere unique. There are many spectacular destinations, accessible only by boat.
We have facilities to cater for conservation work, to onsite remote filming (part of the TV series Our Big Blue Back Yard was filmed on location from Albatross V).
Contact our friendly team here at Albatross V Expeditions to see where we can take you...
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