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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.

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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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Dolphin/sunbathing/ sailing fun

second year in a row and again a great trip with fantastic service from Vanessa and her staff. You don't always get to swim or see the dolphins but is still a very relaxing tour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2016
Alison P

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

second year in a row and again a great trip with fantastic service from Vanessa and her staff. You don't always get to swim or see the dolphins but is still a very relaxing tour. it's worth it just for the scenery, snorkeling and lunch :) It an amazing photo opportunity and experience if you do get to see/ swim... More 

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CarinoNZ, Owner at Carino Sailing & Dolphins, responded to this review

Hi Alison P Thank you for your great review. Fantastic this was your second tour and want to come again. Relaxing around the bay is what we are all about. Bay of Islands scenery, no matter what the weather, is always a great photo opportunity. (hopefully you are better than me at wildlife photos) Cheers More 

Sydney, Australia
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

This was such a great day for us, and really fulfilled something that I have been wanting to do for a long time which is swimming with dolphins. To start with, the crew members were very friendly and informative. When they weren't doing the safety and dolphin info talks, they would chat to the various people on the trip which... More 

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CarinoNZ, Owner at Carino Sailing & Dolphins, responded to this review

Dear Kiera T Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I am glad you had a fantastic day. To be able to swim with wild dolphins, is an amazing experience and one not to be forgotten. We are all about protecting the wild dolphins and making sure they want to play with us in the water, so... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

So glad we booked the Carino instead of one of the larger boats - it may be a little more expensive but definitely worth it. Very clean and comfortable with lots of space outside and large seating area inside if you prefer the shade. There were less than 20 people on board and they were a great group of people... More 

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CarinoNZ, Owner at Carino Sailing & Dolphins, responded to this review

Dear Arlsy Thank you for sharing you amazing day with us. Any time we see the dolphins is a great day, it is always important to remember that the dolphins are wild and the behavior they display while we are with them is wild unchecked behavior, which makes it all the more special. regards More 

Royston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

We were very unsure about whether to do this trip as we had already tried to swim with dolphins in South Isand and been disappointed. We knew that the dolphins were with babies and as expected we were not able to swim with them. However the skipper of the boat was so enthusiastic about the dolphins. She knew them by... More 

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CarinoNZ, Owner at Carino Sailing & Dolphins, responded to this review

Hi mariannelaker Thank you for sailing with us. As with all wild animals you take a chance on even seeing them. Being able to swim with wild dolphins in the bay of islands, depends on DOC conditions and the dolphins themselves. We are all about looking after the dolphins and are very keen on protecting them for the future. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

Words cannot describe how fantastic this trip is - glorious sailing, scenery, Dolphins, island stop off, sausage sizzle lunch, swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing - total bliss! An absolute must.

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CarinoNZ, Owner at Carino Sailing & Dolphins, responded to this review

Dear Hokeypokey13 Thank you for your great words. I think it sums up our tour beautifully. Our tour brought to you by the letter "S" cheers More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

Myself and a friend only came to use this company as we had originally booked with another company but they cancelled our trip at the last minute so we came across this one. Well at the end we were glad the original got cancelled as we had such a fab day, the weather was beautiful and we just sailed along... More 

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CarinoNZ, Owner at Carino Sailing & Dolphins, responded to this review

Dear Kayleigh T Thank you for recommending this trip. We are glad you enjoyed your day with us. Watching dolphins in the wild is one of the best things, ever to do. Baby dolphins need all the help we can give them, and that means not swimming with them. But watching them up close is always special. regards More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

This was our last 'adventure' after five weeks in New Zealand. We delayed two days because of inclement weather, but we were rewarded with blue skies and sunshine - perfect conditions. The catamaran was larger and more roomy than we were expecting, and with no more than 25 people on board, there was space to move around freely and sit... More 

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CarinoNZ, Owner at Carino Sailing & Dolphins, responded to this review

Dear Peter G So glad you enjoyed your day with us. We are delighted that you had a remarkable day after waiting for the weather to clear. Dolphins can be tricky to find and sometimes are not found at all. We always try to sail during the day, our favorite way to travel. Thanks for taking time to write your... More 

Cornish, New Hampshire
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44 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

This was our last activity on our 3 week honeymoon in New Zealand. Vanessa was our captain, and was very informative, and really seemed to love her job and was enthusiastic when we found a pod of dolphins, with 3 young ones! Since there were babies we were unable to swim with the dolphins, but the babies put on such... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

We went sailing (and dolphin spotting) with the Carino sailing crew for a 2nd time and again we had a super day out on the sea. Vanessa & her crew (Célia & Scott) took perfect care of their guests and we saw 2 pods of dolphins, 3 babies included. That was, without any doubt, the highlight of our one week... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

Our son and his girlfriend booked this trip for the four of us and I was a little apprehensive as I had never been on a catamaran before.Well no need to worry we had the most brilliant day and enjoyed every minute. thank you to all the crew for making it a special day out.

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