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Carino Sailing & Dolphins

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Address: | Paihia Wharf, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 6194028040
07:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 20:00

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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Great crew, great day!

We chose this company over the others because of the much smaller groups that go out and weren't disappointed! There was more than enough space for everyone to get a great view of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Kirsty Y
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We chose this company over the others because of the much smaller groups that go out and weren't disappointed! There was more than enough space for everyone to get a great view of the dolphins and just to chill. Unfortunately we couldn't swim with the dolphins as they were acting a bit strange and they thought one of the dolphins... More 

Thank Kirsty Y
Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a beautiful day. Probably one of the best days of our life! Beautiful sunny sailing day, picture perfect. If we are lucky, we would see dolphins! And if we were really lucky, we would be able to swim with them! Well, we were really lucky!!! This was amazing, wild dolphins and you just jump in with them. Amazing experience!... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my family last Wednesday when it was sunny. We had a great day . Vanessa and Scott were perfect hosts showing us the islands and penguins and finding a pod of dolphins close up. It was amazing. At lunch we moored off Robertson island and my family swam from the boat to the beach while I went... More 

Thank tassels5
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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Booked this on line a few months before, very simple. Day was very enjoyable, Leslie and Vanessa our crew were great, knowledgeable and friendly. We saw dolphins but weren't able to swim with them due to their being a baby in the pod. They came up to boat and we were able to get great photos. We still got to... More 

Thank Lisa W
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful experience on the water today with Carino's crew, Captain Vanessa and 1st mate Lesley. We were picked up from the jetty at Russell by a nice big catamaran and welcoming smiles. Out from 9.40 til about 3pm we were blessed with near perfect weather, plenty of dolphins, snorkeling (all equipment supplied) and a beautiful location for... More 

Thank craig h
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

This was pretty much a whole day activity going from 9am-3:30pm but was definitely worth it. I went with a bunch of people from my Contiki tour and we all had a fun day out. We saw lots of Dolphins and the staff were so knowledgeable about the Marine life. Unfortunately we couldn't go swimming with the Dolphins due to... More 

Thank StephB1995
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

This was just a fantastic day out. The best way to see the bay, the boat was beautiful and the crew were so friendly and welcoming. Snorkeling was great as was the bbq!! And of course, getting to see the dolphins was just amazing. The crew and captain Vanessa knew so much about them and could identify individuals, it was... More 

Thank Samantha A
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

Saw large pod of dolphins who provided a spectacular display right beside the catamaran. Not able to swim with them as there were babies among the pod, but didn't matter. We saw these dolphins in the wild, doing what they do best. We also saw a little blue penguin which the crew quickly spotted and pointed out to us. A... More 

Thank Dominique S
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We booked the Carino Sailing and Dolphins excursion in the hope of seeing and possibly swimming with dolphins as this company has a swimming licence. Whilst we were lucky enough to be entertained by a pod of 25 or so of these wonderful creatures, the presence of an 8 week old baby dolphin meant that we were not permitted to... More 

Thank juliaskerridge
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Shown onto the boat by Captain Vanessa and her friendly crew and after a quick safety chat we were sailing out into the beautiful bay of islands. The boat was more than spacious enough for the c. 30 passengers with room to move around. The crew were quick to explain that a sighting of dolphins was not guaranteed but how... More 

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