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Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures

Address: 67 School Rd, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
Phone Number: 619 4028040
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Ranked #10 of 40 Activities in Paihia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Come sailing on Carino NZ. Help to hoist sails or sit back and...
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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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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

Had a wonderful time today on the Carino, viewed a pod with baby playing close to the boat. Unable to swim with them but were well aware prior that could happen. Also very acomodating for my girlfriend who is coeliac, preparing gluten free sausages and cooking separate on the BBQ.

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Uckfield, United Kingdom
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10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

my wife and myself went on this excellent cruise yesterday, we found the staff to be very knowledgeable very friendly and the enthusiastic lady captain who kept us all on our toes....we spotted many dolphins over the course of the day....after a swim which was very bracing for the time of year the water temperature was 17 degrees and with... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We went last year for my partners birthday on the Dolphin trip with Carino sailing and it was fantastic! Amazing time on the boat, friendly and knowledgable crew and wonderful experience with the Dolphins, apart from snorkling around the beautiful Bays of Island. Definitely something I would recommend to everyone!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A brilliant day out , crew very welcoming and informative from when you step on board. You get a fantastic days sailing , interesting commentary , Dolphins that come up close and play with the boat because they are so used to it , time on an island beach a bbq lunch and plenty of room for everyone on board-... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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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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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 

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