We had booked a day sailing and had to be at the Abel Tasman park entrance early. We arrived in Marahau in plenty of time and were picked up by the sailing company and transferred to the catamaran.
There were 12 of us to start with but it was a fair size boat. There was not too much wind to start with so we used the motors to visit the split apple rock and the fishermans island where we saw fur seals sunning themselves on the rocks. 7 people then got off the boat leaving 5 of us. We then put up the sails as the wind was picking up and headed to Anchorage bay. We were going to have lunch but the skipper spotted a load of dolphins so we headed over to them and before long we had them all around the boat weaving in and out and jumping alongside and infront of the boat.
After lunch on the beach we carried on up to Barks bay and the dolphins followed us for a while. We sailed around an island where there was a fur seal colony and spotted a few little blue penguins. The sailing was excellent fun and the weather had held out for us.
We were dropped off at another boat in Anchorage bay where we were going to spend the night. As we were the only ones on the boat we were upgraded to a double room ! We had a lovely dinner and chatted with Laura (worked on the boat) before heading to bed.
The next morning after breakfast we were dropped on the beach and had to walk back to our car at Marahau. It took about 2.5 hours and was a scenic walk even though it was very misty and was raining a bit.
Abel Tasman Sailing - Full days sailing, night accommodation and all meals (inc lunch on second day) for $160 pp.