Frequently asked questions to prepare you for your day with us sailing in the Bay of Islands

Where and when do we meet? Pick up is on the Russell wharf at 9:45am, departure is at 10.00 am. If you can’t find us, the lady at the information centre at the end of the Russell wharf will gladly show you where we are.

What do I need to bring? Sunscreen, a water bottle, your swimming gear and a beach towel if you want to have a swim! We will have everything else you need for a great time sailing in the Bay of Islands, we’re ready and waiting for you on board Vigilant.

Can I bring alcohol? Our policy with beers and wine is BYO (bring your own)! We have a fridge freezer on board to keep everything nice and cool for you.

Will we see dolphins? When sailing the Bay of Islands, we see our dolphin friends more often than not. However, we don’t chase them down, nor do we hunt them out. We love having them around and we want our local Bay of Islands dolphins to be as happy as can be!

How many people will be on board? The maximum number of passengers we take sailing on Vigilant is ten. That will leave you enough room on board for everyone to be fully relaxed and comfortable, especially if you’re lucky enough to be on the beanbag!

What will we do all day? In the morning we will take our time getting to one of the many beautiful islands in the bay. Which one we choose may depend on the weather, the wind, what we want to do, or just whatever takes our fancy. (That’s one of the joys of sailing Bay of Islands style – between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula there are 144 islands to visit, although sadly we can’t show you them all.) Once we arrive, you can swim, kayak, snorkel, hike or simply lounge on the beach. After 1 to 2 hours on the island, we will have a fresh lunch on board, and then we will raise the sails and head home!

What if it rains? We have plenty of rain jackets on board for you, the joys of sailing! If we do have to cancel due to weather, you will be fully refunded.

Will this charter be the highlight of my trip? Well, of course it will. How can sailing in the Bay of Islands onboard Vigilant not be?