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Bay of Islands


We arrived in the Bay of Islands to a beautiful sunrise that illuminated the dozens of small rocky islands all around us in a gorgeous orange glow. After tendering to shore and taking a bus into town, we boarded the sailing catamaran “Carino” for a full day tour of the islands and dolphin watching. We were lucky enough to find a small pod of four dolphins and we followed them around for about forty minutes. While you can certainly have a better look at dolphins while at Sea World it was pretty cool to see them out in the wild.

After leaving the dolphins we spent an hour on Robinson Island, famous because Captain Cook moored there, and hiked to the lookout about 300 feet above the water where we were rewarded with a great 360 degree view of the Bay of Islands. We could have looked for awhile, but without the necessary water from them to drink, the kids were in no mood to lounge around after the pretty strenuous stair climb. After a decent BBQ of local sausages on the boat, they raised the sails and we spent the balance of the afternoon sailing around the bay. The kids did really well for the first four hours but the small confines of the sailboat definitely got to them and we spent the last hour and a half trying to keep them physically separated so they wouldn’t disturb other guests (and injure each other). Think puppies.

1 comment

1 Erica { 02.26.10 at 4:47 pm }

Magnificent photos. Wow.

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