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Carino Sailing & Dolphins

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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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A day not to be missed

Booked this trip last minute after reading rave reviews. Was not disappointed. In fact it exceeded our expectations. The catamaran was clean and roomy. There was plenty of space... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked this trip last minute after reading rave reviews. Was not disappointed. In fact it exceeded our expectations. The catamaran was clean and roomy. There was plenty of space to move around in and out of the sun. Vanessa was friendly and informative and it was obvious that she enjoyed her work. We were fortunate to observe a pod of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a days sailing and had a beautiful time. Vanessa and her crew are lovely and very friendly people and although we didn't have much luck with dolphins or wildlife we still had a super day! We stopped at a beautiful beach with great views over the Bay of Islands and after that had a nice wee lunch... More 

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Thank Tildyboo
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great day out causing the Bay of Islands with Vanessa and her team. The boat had plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy the sunshine and the crew were informative about the local wildlife. They made it very clear that there were no guarantees about whether we would see Dolphins, but we were lucky and managed... More 

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Thank Eleanor B
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose Carino Sailing because we wanted a more relaxed and intimate experience than the standard big operator boat tours. The boat wasn't crowded and you could easily move around. It was a really relaxed day cruising around with no prescribed agenda. Skipper Vanessa decided where to go and the best place to stop off for lunch and stretch our... More 

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Thank Jeni B
Auckland, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was an amazing experience sailing with Carino Sailing & Dolphins. Vanessa and her Dad were very welcoming, friendly and lovely. We sailed all day through lovely Bay of Island. We got to see 2 wonderful dolphins and got a chance to swim with them. Venessa and her crew worked very hard to make sure we get chance to swim... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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112 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

First off, Vanessa runs this outfit and her father Bruce helps her. She has an interesting career history, but in the end it led her back to NZ to own and run this tour. She knows so much about the history of the area, the wildlife, marine life, and geography. Plus Bruce grills a mean tofu hotdog!! We saw so... More 

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Thank Ken H
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We had a fabulous day with Carino sailing. A bit chilly on our day out and we were hoping for dolfins. Instead we got 2 hours of watching orcas play just a few meters from our boat...even better! The day was incredible! We were very lucky! Staff was excellent. The atmosphere was casual and relaxed. The boat did not feel... More 

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Thank Lsipelis
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

An exceptional trip from start to finish with friendly, knowledgeable and professional crew. Up close dolphin watching was spectacular as were the incredible views of the islands and vistas. Vanessa and Bruce provided expert commentary along the way and found a superb place for a swim and short trek. BBQ lunch was lovely. A must do trip for those who... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Fantastic trip, awesome hosts, don't miss it! We had perfect weather and enjoyed every minute of it!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

From the moment we got on board the boat we knew we were in for something special. The Carino is a small boat, very stable with few customers on board making this for us a perfect day out on the water. The crew and captain were simply the best, their attention to details and our well being was beyond our... More 

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