International +64 9 522 1717
NZ Freephone 0800 58 1717
Australia 1800 584 869

If you’re a first time visitor, you might be asking; What is Island Escape?  We are a small-ship, niche adventure cruise company operating wildlife, wilderness, and scenic small ship cruises within the most beautiful regions of New Zealand during the southern hemisphere summer months, from November through April. For the southern hemisphere winter months, from May to October, we call Tahiti and these beautiful islands our home.  

Our passenger vessel is the 140 foot - 42metre purpose built steel catamaran, Island Passage. We accommodate just 24 guests onboard who are served by our 10 professional crew. With 40 voyages we carry a mere 960 passengers each year. Our guests generally are active adventurers, independent travellers, photographers, families and corporate groups. Many of our guests are multi-repeat travellers and their continual support is not easily won. We provide an absolutely unique experience, in a child-free environment, that simply is not available on larger vessels. Our inclusions cover luxury cabins and suites, superb cuisine, a full complimentary bar with wine, spirits and beers, airport transfers, all shore excursions, helicopter flights, kayaks, paddle boards, motor boats, snorkel and fishing gear to name a few on our list. 

Our environmental policy is in line with the pristine Tahitian and New Zealand regions where we are privileged to operate cruises. The ship has onboard systems to minimise effects on these natural environments together with strict onboard policies that are rigidly enforced.

Peter Bissett
Managing Director



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