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Carino Sailing & Dolphins

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Address: | Paihia Wharf, Paihia 0247, New Zealand
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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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Great day out

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

We were welcomed on board by the very friendly all-female crew of the Carino. We had a fabulous, relaxed day out on the boat, seeing a large pod of dolphins who swam around the boat, including a delightful young baby dolphin trying to jump out the of water. We stopped for lunch at a nice island and were able to... More 

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

This has been one of my favourite days in NZ. We didn't get to swim with the dolphins as they had a baby with them, but the dolphins were amazing coming around the boat and playing at the front. The crew were helpful and informative, we had a nice stop at an island with a little lagoon which was great... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

This was by far the best thing we have done in New Zealand! Not only is Paihia absolutely beautiful but this sailing trip made it that much better. We saw a pod of dolphins very early on in our trip and the captain and crew were so knowledgable with the dolphins while still respecting them and their environment. They brought... More 

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