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Explore the Bay of Islands - Carino Wildlife Cruises

Join Carino Wildlife Cruises for the ultimate day exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands.

Experience the Bay of Islands with Carino Wildlife Cruises 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 Wildlife Cruises 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 Wildlife Cruises 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 Wildlife Cruises 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 February 28 to March 06

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  • Child$97.00

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  • Adult$120.00 Less than 6 at this price!
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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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


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karent4 from New Zealand wrote on 04 November 2020

Sailing on the Cat

My partner and I had the most fabulous day out on the Cat and Vanessa was so full of knowledge about the wildlife at sea around the Bay of Islands. I would definitely recommend this experience.

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Dear Karent4 Thank you for your feedback. The Bay of Islands is very special to us and having a job that allows us to share that with guests, makes our day. If we can share our passion for the wildlife and area, then we have had a great day. Thank you for your recommendation. regards Team Carino

Kurt Soares from New Zealand wrote on 29 January 2021

Northland experience

We had a fantastic time with Carino! Huge thanks to Vanessa and Wayne for being so friendly and welcoming. Such a relaxing trip sailing around the bays. We had a great walk, swim, lunch and dolphin encounter. It was relaxed and fun and, with only 6 people on board, the smaller numbers allowed us to make some friends and feel like it was all about us. Thanks for an awesome day out!

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Saunak from New Zealand wrote on 13 January 2021


Great team, kind and court, beautiful vehicle...no dramas

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kellys5 from New Zealand wrote on 01 January 2021

Amazing day on the water

Thanks so much to the Carino crew for having us! We had a beautiful day, knowledgeable and passionate crew and we saw a pod of bottlenose dolphins which was amazing. An unforgettable experience. Thanks one again, I would highly recommend doing this trip if you can!

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Andrea from New Zealand wrote on 18 December 2020

Highly Recommended

Couldn't fault the experience, amazing hosts and extremely knowledgeable

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Dear Andrea Thank you for taking the time to review our cruise. We love showing our guests the bay of islands and sharing our office, Thank you for your recommendation. regards Vanessa


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