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Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures

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Address: Paihia Wharf, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6194028040
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Description: Come sailing on Carino NZ. Help to hoist sails or sit back and relax. We...
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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Easily the best trip for comfort and experience.

Vanessa and her crew really care to have happy clients and do all they can to give them a great experience. Its never overfull of people, very comfortable and the views of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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South England
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South England
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179 reviews 179 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Vanessa and her crew really care to have happy clients and do all they can to give them a great experience. Its never overfull of people, very comfortable and the views of wildlife are really close up because you are quite close to the water and can move around. The stopover on the beach with snorkelling, a (steepish) walk to... More 

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somerset
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Vanessa and her crew will ensure you have intimate trip on the Carino around the Bay of Islands. As a flexible smaller boat they are able to change plans to ensure you see the dolphins which we did for 40minutes. Wonderful experience. Lunch on Robinson Island, swimming in crystal clear water and even time for a leisurely walk around the... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

If you want the dolphin experience in the Bay of Islands, I absolutely recommend these guys. The crew are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and passionate about ecology. Facilities are excellent and the food, while basic, is great (if you want the tofu sausage option let them know prior!). A much better option than some of the bigger tours (the Fullers boat looked... More 

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McKinney, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

A group from our ship booked this excursion in Feb 27th 2015 and had an amazing time. I can not say enough about how nice the people are running this tour and the overall experience. We spent over 1 hour following a group of 20+ dolphins that were so close we could almost touch them. They were very informative and... More 

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Silicon Valley
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126 reviews 126 reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

The boat is very large and comfortable and can easily accommodate the number of guests onboard. It has plenty of space to spread out and relax in the sun or in the shade. We ran into a huge pod of dolphins and spent a lot of time with them although we weren't allowed to swim with them because there was... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Wife and i spent a fabulous 6 hours with the wonderful vanessa and her crew bruce and Sebastian. Cruising the bful waters on the bay of Islands. DOLPHINS OMG..... there were so many in the pods and we got to see little 'Charlie' a 1 month old pup frolicking in the water with his mum. Great day out, you def... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Had a fabulous day in the Bay of Islands with the crew aboard the Carino. We had exceptional service from Captain Vanessa who was very skilled at bringing us in close enough to be able to go swimming with the dolphins! Playful pair of them spotted several times throughout our trip. We anchored in Twin Lagoon and walked up the... More 

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Paihia, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

By far the best way of seeing the bay and the wildlife. A small tour group makes it feel more personal at the other dolphin seeking trips run in the bay. Boat isn't crowded and there's lots of space to stretch out and chill. They can't guarantee Dolphins but even if you don't see any (unlikely) it's still a brilliant... More 

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Hitchin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

A disappointingly cool and cloudy start to the day. We quickly found a large pod of bottlenose dolphins with two babies, one only a day old. Put a smile on everyone's face. We also saw the occasional little blue penguin swimming in the water. The Carino is spacious and it is easy to find a peaceful spot to watch the... More 

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Tampere, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I visited in paihia to see dolphins in wildlife and this cruise was best for that. Staff did know their doing and was overall very friendly. We actually saw alot dolphins on this cruise which was also great.

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