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Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures

Address: Paihia Wharf, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 6194028040
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Owner description: Come sailing on Carino NZ. Help to hoist sails or sit back and...
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Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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.
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Silicon Valley
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104 reviews 104 reviews
36 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We were blessed to be in a pod of about 25 dolphins for about half an hour on the Carino, it was truly incredible. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful in every way. Seeing a three day-old baby dolphin, one about six months old and a yearling was beyond belief. I would recommend that anyone going to Pahia take... More 

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PLYMOUTH
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Originally looking to conduct a different trip, we were are so glad to get onto this delight. A smaller craft than most, the smaller number of guests made it much more relaxing and hence enjoyable. Captain Vanessa and her staff were knowledgeable, passionate and attentive, allowing easy engagement at all levels, us oldies and the kids embarked. Cruising with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The sun shone on us the day we went out on the Red Carino! Our warm, sunny time on the water included swimming with dolphins, leaping off the boat and swimming to Roberton Island, enjoyed a BBQ and sailed the afternoon away. Staff were fabulous, service top notch and scenery to photograph until you can't anymore. Highly recommended - best... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Thank you Captain Vanessa and the fabulous Carino Team! We had a fantastic day, we saw lots if Dolphins up close and had an excellent day on the sail for most of the journey. If you only do one trip this is surely the one! Our best day activity by far, soooo much better than being stuck on a bus... More 

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