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Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures

Join Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures for the ultimate day exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Experience the Bay of Islands with Carino Sailing in helping to protect our wild dolphins!

A special home base for bottlenose dolphins, the best way to discover Bay of Islands is onboard the Carino NZ luxury 50ft catamaran. You'll just love exploring deep blue waters, vivid green islands and diverse wildlife.

This 6 hour expedition caters for those who know the journey is more important than the destination - we take a leisurely relaxed approach to enjoying the many activities on offer during the day.


Highlights include:

Dolphins - Observe and learn about wild dolphins. Carino NZ is the only sailing yacht licensed by Department of Conservation to interact with dolphins in the Bay of Islands. Every ticket directly contributes to marine mammal research and conservation – Protect the future.

Sailing - Experience sailing among the beautiful Bay of Islands; help the crew set and trim the sails or just sit back relax and enjoy the view and wildlife from the spacious decks of this purpose built vessel

Exploring - Your skipper will find the best suited island cove on the day where a wide range of activities are on hand, from Snorkelling (equipment provided) to scenic walking tracks, beach combing or just relaxing in the sun on the golden sands.

BBQ Lunch (optional +$8pp) - Enjoy a classic kiwi style BBQ lunch onboard Carino NZ (Vegetarian options on request). Enjoy a drink from the fully licenced cash bar, stocked with a great range of New Zealand beers wines and cool drinks.

Extras: BBQ Lunch - $8pp can be added on the way to check out

Adult $140.00
Child $97.00

What's included

  • Masks, Snorkels, Fins and Wetsuits


  • Allow approx. 6.5 hours for the whole experience.


  • Departs Paihia Wharf at 9:00 - returning 3:30pm


  • Please note: Carino NZ cannot absolutely guarantee to find dolphins, because they are wild animals in their own environment (not in an enclosure).

    You can bring your own snorkelling equipment for this experience.

Available Bookings from October 21 to October 27

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$112.00
  • Child$63.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$124.00
  • Child$97.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$128.00
  • Child$77.60

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$128.00
  • Child$73.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Peter Viesnik from New Zealand wrote on 17 October 2020


Very friendly and informative, disappointing that we were not able to see any dolphins, but not their fault.. A nice relaxed experience.

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Laurie Norton from New Zealand wrote on 09 October 2020

Awesome trip

We have done a variety of excursions in the Bay of Islands over the years and for me this one comes out as my top choice of the lot. For a number of reasons. It is a family business. Vanessa and Bruce really look after you. They are very professional and they take the time to interact personally with you and provide you with great information about the area and the wildlife of which they are passionate about. They also care about the wildlife and while it is a commercial operation they take great care not to stress out the animals and operate their tour with considered animal welfare in mind. They also look after their human charges as well as they care for the wildlife.

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From Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures

Dear Laurie Thank you for taking the time to review our tour. It is treat being able to show Kiwi's our beautiful Bay of Islands and share our passion for the welfare of the wildlife we have. Thank you for experiencing with us and know that by sailing with us you are helping to protect the marine mammals of the Bay of Islands. regards Vanessa

Andrew Hollens from New Zealand wrote on 06 October 2020

Incredible..even if the dolphins don't play ball!

This is the best boat trip we've been on in NZ! Stunning from start to finish and really lovely hosts! 10/10 :) cheers

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From Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures

Dear Andrew Thank you for your feedback and understanding that wild dolphins, are sometimes not around for us to view, but the Bay of Islands is stunning and we enjoy sharing it all with you. Well done for being the first snorkelers of the season! regards Vanessa

andyt3 from United Kingdom wrote on 12 April 2019

Epic day in the Bay of Islands!

We had the best day sailing with Vanessa and Rhonda on the Carino. We were really lucky to have a blue skies and sunshine day and the crew were fantastic at finding and telling us about the local wildlife! We saw heaps of dolphins and some little blue penguins. We really enjoyed their sustainable approach to this beautiful area and would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is passionate about sustainable dolphins. We didn’t swim with the dolphins but the crew clearly explained that there are rules that regulate this (i.e. presence of babies, knowledge of dolphin behaviour) but we weren’t disappointed one bit. Lunch was ideal and $6 was very reasonable.

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aj pratt from New Zealand wrote on 25 January 2016


great ride,good swim ,great lunch

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From Carino Sailing & Dolphin Adventures

Dear AJ Thank you for the great feedback. The water temperature in the bay of islands is fantastic for swimming at present, and we are all loving it at lunchtime. Regards Carino Crew


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