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Great sailing holiday in the beautiful Bay Of Islands

We had 3 days of tution from Daryl, who was just fantastic with us he got us sailing the Noelex 25... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ian T
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Bay of islands sailing experience

We had a wonderful few days away exploring the Bay of Islands in a Nolex 25. What a way to... read more

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an exceptional experience with Great Escape when we hired a 25 foot yacht for 5 days in the Bay of Islands including 2 days hands on refresher sailing instruction. The instructor Martin was extremely knowledgeable and patient, and imparted huge amounts of information in absorbable chunks. The support from Julie and Bill was superlative. I really feel we have cracked passage plans and transit points :) and have a good foundation for future land based island sailing! Having 5 days fine weather and light seas helped, the scenery is spectacular and the wildlife also wonderful, a shoutout to Project Bird Song for the birdlife on the islands.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Julie K, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is really appreciated. We're glad you enjoyed our spectacular part of the world and benefited from the excellent work Project Island Song is doing ensuring our islands are predator-free and a safe haven for our beautiful birds. Well done on your passage planning and successful use of transit points, we wish you all the best for your next sailing adventure and hope to see you back sailing with us sometime in the future.

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Reviewed 10 February 2019

Brilliant experience with Great Escape on Carousel (Noelex 30). We had no sailing experience but within 3 days Martin managed to bring us up to speed and ready for the following 3 days solo. Our 14 and 11 year old did most of the steering leaving the adults to deal with the sails. Wonderful family experience and an amazing way to see the Bay of Islands. Thanks Julie and Bill!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Julie K, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review, it is appreciated. We're so glad you and your family had a great experience. Sailing and exploring our wonderful bay of islands is a fantastic way to spend time together as a family. We hope to see you again sometime.

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Reviewed 4 February 2019

We had an amazing time on a boat chartered through Great Escape and spent 5 days sailing in the Bay of Islands. Julie and Bill gave us lots of information and had the boat stocked with linens and supplies for our trip. They made some great suggestions on places to anchor given the wind forecast. I highly recommend them, and we will likely charter from them again next year.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Julie K, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 5 February 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review it is very much appreciated. We're glad you had such a lovely sailing holiday, we are very lucky in the Bay of Islands with so many sheltered bays and secluded coves you can pretty much find a good anchorage in any conditions. We've been sailing this area most of our lives and still find plenty to explore. We look forward to sharing it with you again next year.

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Reviewed 30 January 2019 via mobile

Very friendly, we managed to charter a small sailing boat at the last minute and with the right weather.

We spent a beautiful day sailing and wish we had more time.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Julie K, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 31 January 2019

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review, we're glad you had a great day out on the water, hopefully, we see you back here again with a few more days to spare so can really explore our beautiful Bay of Islands.

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Reviewed 26 January 2019 via mobile

Had a wonderful time aboard Kokako with Great Escapes. The boat was clean and tidy, Julie was friendly and helpful. The weather was perfect. A great way to get a sailing holiday without owning a boat! Bay of Islands is such a beautiful and safe spot. Would definitely recommend Great Escapes to others!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Julie K, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 29 January 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review we really appreciate it. We're glad you and your family had a wonderful time aboard Kokako and thank you for the recommendation.

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