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The 'Island Passage'

Private Yacht-style Cruising with Friends! Our cruises do not cover large ocean distances. Instead, we explore inside the magnificent sheltered coastlines, inlets and lagoons where the larger ships simply cannot attempt to enter. Cruising is limited to approximately 3-hours per day which allows guests to enjoy full days at play and relaxing full nights at anchor.

Island Passage is very large for just 24 passengers in a child free environment. With very spacious cabins all with en-suites, an enormous interior dining and saloon area plus an expansive covered aft deck. The result is feeling more like being on-board a luxury private yacht. She is a 42-metre catamaran that boasts stability, safety, space and comfort. A professional crew of 10 pamper guests over three decks. Staterooms all feature individual air conditioning and a TV with on-demand movies. All beverages including full bar service is included on our cruises.

We have a range of included activities available such as snorkelling, kayaks, paddle boards, fishing equipment and tenders, landing craft, hand chosen shore excursions and even a helicopter pad for those more adventurous who wish to explore further afield. In stateroom movies and a well-stocked library is also available.

Helicopters

‘Island Passage' was designed to accommodate a 6-seater helicopter on the top deck. Our itineraries, and prices, include the helicopter flights. We made a very thorough evaluation of the helicopter companies that we engage for these flights. Only the very best are selected for their safety record, helicopter types, local flying knowledge and with a personality. We are totally committed to giving you the very best experience that is available.

In Tahiti, we include a scenic helicopter transfer from Bora Bora airport directly onto the ship with our 7 night cruises. This allows guests to have a wonderful view of Bora Bora and her stunning lagoon from the air. There is also an optional helicopter transfer from the ship to Bora Bora airport on the conclusion of our 10 night Tahitian Affair cruises. 

Bay of Islands cruises include a 10 minutes scenic helicopter flight that departs from, and returns, to the ship. This allows guests to not only experience the thrill but also to open up a totally new perspective of the areas where we are cruising. The helicopter is also available on a charter basis for groups of guests who wish to venture further away from the ship. This allows them to comfortably visit a staggering selection of world-famous golf courses, vineyards and boutique seaside restaurants which are all within only a short flying distance from the ship. 

Our Fiordland cruises are operating in the midst of extremely remote fiords. We are totally reliant on helicopters for transporting guests onto the ship at the start of these cruises. This spectacular 25-minute flight, that only a very select few will ever experience, begins at Lake Te Anau and winds a well proven route through the Southern divide. Grand waterfalls, hidden valleys, lakes and untouched landscapes are crossed before our highly experienced pilots bring you in for a soft landing on the ‘Island Passage’ heli-deck in the midst of this World Heritage National Park. It is a helicopter trip that you will always fondly remember.

Fixed Wing Aircraft

In Fiordland we use fixed wing aircraft for flights back to Queenstown after the cruise. These are either our price included flight from Te Anau or the optional priced flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown. The company that we selected operate turbine-powered Cessna Caravans which accommodate 12 guests. They are a long established Queenstown operator with a 100% safety record, new airplanes and professional pilots who know the local area and weather conditions. They also have a real love of the region and will show you some of the most awesome landmarks, sights and highlights on these 30-minute scenic flights back to Queenstown.

 

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Welcome Onboard

Welcome Onboard

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Tahitian Affair

Tahitian Affair

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Fiordland / Queenstown

Fiordland / Queenstown

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Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

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