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Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures

67 School Rd, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
619 4028040
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Ranked #11 of 38 activities in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Owner description: 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.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Queenstown, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We went on this trip recently as it was a bucket list item of mine to swim with dolphins. It was gorgeous weather and the trip was lovely and relaxing. We were originally looking at a slightly cheaper cruise option with another company but I was so glad they were full and we booked this one, and after the seeing... More

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CarinoNZ, Owner at Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures, responded to this review

Dear hc_206 Thank you for your feedback, we do try to provide a great trip for all our guest and if we we fail, we do like to be informed. I am sorry for the vibe the crew was giving off and have spoken to the person concerned about providing a better and friendlier experience for our guests. Regards Vanessa... More

Blenheim, New Zealand
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

- Great value for your money! - Friendly staff - Clean boat - Small organization - Nice break at the island - Lunch(basic salad, sausage with unions, buns) can be better but it's just 6 dollar - Lovely swim with the dolphins, we were lucky

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CarinoNZ, Owner at Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures, responded to this review

Dear Jur25 Thank you for your review of our tour. To be able to swim with wild dolphins is very lucky, just the fact they find us as interesting as we find them, keeps this from being just a job. What ever the dolphins mood it is an amazing experience. We keep our lunch basic to keep the cost down... More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

A fantastic, very personal cruise. Got to swim with Dolphins and view then up close and personal. Very relaxing and the boat was not so packed like the other cruises going out, so it was a pleasure. Crew were really good.

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CarinoNZ, Owner at Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures, responded to this review

Dear FamilyMum2014 Thank you for your lovey comments on you day on Carino. It is an amazing experience to be able to swim with wild dolphins, and if they come back around to swim with you in the water, it is a very personal experience with bottle nose dolphins, you don't often get to see many, but one may decide... More

Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Carino Sailing and dolphin adventures is a trip on a sailing catamaran which gets you out on the bay without having to share with a huge crowd like some of the other trips. Flippers and snorkel & mask were provided on board. We had a superb day, managed to swim with the dolphins twice (!) what an unforgettable experience. We... More

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Phoenix Arizona
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25 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We had a great group onboard the Carino catamaran - people from Switzerland, France and Holland. The boat was roomy and the staff was super informative (thanks Scott) and friendly. We also had a researcher onboard so we got an extra lesson in dolphin observation. Unfortunately we didn't get to swim with them. It doesn't seem it was even a... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Since we had some bad experience with tour operators down south, I put some time into researching for the best cruise/sail in the Bay of Islands. What I came up with was the Carino. The perfect mixture for us: -spacious boat (even though it was more or less fully booked there was PLENTY of room for everyone) so no "fighting"... More

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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is the second time I have sailed on the carino and I loved it last time. This time I still loved the boat, the spots we visited the penguins and many many dolphins. It was all great except the service we received on boarding the boat. On boarding I was told to hurry up and pay because we were... More

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CarinoNZ, Owner at Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures, responded to this review

Dear Livesinnz Thank you for your feedback, we do appreciate all comments on our tour. Yes we were late for the Russell pickup and we do apologize for this. We had been waiting in Paihia for a booking that not reconfirmed. We ask that all guests call and reconfirm their booking for weather, lunch and departure port updates. When we... More

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

What a great day! Wonderful. friendly, highly skilled and informative crew, who really semed to care about what they were doing and were keen to share their knowledge. The Carino herself was a lovely boat and it was great to travel under sail. The trip consisted of us sailing around the bay on th lookout for wildlife, plenty of seabirds... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Brilliant attraction, sailing (i.e. with the wind as well as an engine) around the islands, saw dolphins really close up. Informative and attentive crew. I saw another boat and thought wow, there are a lot of people on taht boat, we had a handful, perhaps 20 and it was superb as there was space to move around, no crowding and... More

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Haywards Heath, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We took this tour on 15 December 2013. We spent the day sailing and motoring around the bay and only saw a few penguins, which was a disappointment. As this operator doesn't have a guarantee on seeing dolphins we were left with no refund or alternative day offered. The boat was clean, well maintained; the crew friendly; there were plenty... More

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