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Address: | Paihia Wharf, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6194028040
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Come sailing on Carino NZ.

Help to hoist sails or sit back and relax.

We are...

Come sailing on Carino NZ.

Help to hoist sails or sit back and relax.

We are the only yacht licensed to swim and view wild dolphins in the Bay.

Included is an island stopover for Snorkeling tours, Island walks, beach games and BBQ lunch. Depart Paihia 9.30Am-3.45Pm daily.

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Absolutely the best way to experience the Bay of Islands

What's good about this cruise is the well-thought out informality. You are not confined to a chair in a kind of bus racing around a set route, but instead you have the freedom to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What's good about this cruise is the well-thought out informality. You are not confined to a chair in a kind of bus racing around a set route, but instead you have the freedom to wander around the roomy deck of this catamaran while the wonderfully friendly and knowledgeable team take you wherever the conditions and the chance of seeing dolphins... More 

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Lilydale, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a fantastic cruise with Carino. Crew were great and we got to swim with 6 dolphins as well as view a large pod of young dolphins with their young. BBQ lunch was great as was the drinks and bar on board. Would highly recommend this small cruise company as it was a lovely environment.

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Thank Lisa D
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Saw no dolphins but a whole bunch of whales instead got to take boat through whole in rock lovely lunch provided great fun sctivith

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Carino is a medium sized catamaran, which provides a comfortable day out with the dolphins. We boarded at Russell, and were lucky enough to have perfect weather for our trip. The Carino takes up to about 30 passengers, maximum, but on our trip there were only about 15, which made the experience very uncrowded and relaxing. Her skipper is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great sailing day tour - friendly staff and wonderful views. We stopped off on a small island for a bit; they chose an island with not many tourists around, which is nice. It's a fairly small group too, which is a big plus! The day we had originally booked was forecast for bad weather but the day before was meant... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are a few dolphin cruises going around the Bay and I am so glad we picked this one. There was only 11 people on the boat (excluding crew) on the day we went out. While we weren't able to swim with the dolphins because the group we found had a baby it was totally amazing! Because the catamaran sits... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

This wasn't my first trip to Paihia, so I've been out on the bay before. Some of the other providers are a bit like a water borne coach tour. Carino with a much smaller group is more like being taken out by friends on their boat. Very much helped by the friendly hospitality offered up by Captain Vanessa and her... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I am so glad we booked this trip! Well maintained family run boat, there were only 6 guests on our trip! The other tours we saw had lots of people on their boats, all clambering for photos of the dolphins and space. We were unable to swim with dolphins (due to the presence of infant/young dolphins in the group), but... More 

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Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

An excellent day out on the catamaran, saw dolphins in the morning but unfortunately they weren't sociable enough for us to swim with them. Vanessa is a fantastic skipper with a great crew (including her lovely Dad!). Very friendly and informative. The boat was super clean and comfortable and the limited number of guests on board was appealing to us.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

What a beautiful experience! Everyone visiting Paihia or Russell should go on a boat trip through the Bay of Islands, but if you go with Carino Sailing you're guaranteed to have an unforgettable day out at sea. The boat is not very big, so you'll be with a small group of people, but it's really comfy and stable (I'm often... More 

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