Carino Wildlife Cruises
Carino Wildlife Cruises
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Boat ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife ToursDay Trips
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
Experience with us and help protect our wild dolphins! Surrounded by deep blue water, vivid green islands and diverse wildlife, sailing on Carino NZ our 50ft catamaran is the best way to experience the stunning bay of islands. Help to set sails or sit back and relax as the sails catch the breeze. Watch wild dolphins in their ocean habitat. We are only yacht licensed view wild dolphins in the Bay of islands. We can watch and appreciate the magic of wild dolphins. Every ticket directly contributes to marine mammal research and conservation – Protect the future. While we are sailing, watch for our local little blue penguins, the world’s smallest penguin, our crazy diving gannets, pied cormorants, shearwaters, stormy petrels and other ocean birds. An island stop is included, where you get to explore a historic scenic island with nature walks and snorkel the beach. Kiwi style bbq lunch aboard Carino NZ, with a cash bar available. Departs Paihia daily 9.00am-3.30pm
Paihia, New Zealand
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ruthieb02
Ely, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Bay of Islands is a beautiful area and what better way to see it than by boat. The 6 hours flew by as we cruised around the bay. Although we didn’t see dolphins, we saw little blue penguins, gannets and rays. It was great to see how respectful Vanessa and her crew are to the wildlife. With a stop at a beach, with an opportunity to snorkel, it really is a great way to spend the day. Good value too.
Written 19 March 2024
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Chifuyu H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We enjoyed the cruise with very friendly staff. Although we couldn't see dolphins/orcas, we enjoyed swimming/snorkeling. Thank you!
Written 14 March 2024
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Marley L
Salt Lake City, UT2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We absolutely LOVED our sailing adventure! The crew was so wonderful, personable and knowledgeable. I felt like they each took the time to have conversations with every guest. The catamaran itself is beautiful and clean. I was blown away that within the first hour of sailing we had a 50+ pod of dolphins surrounding the boat! We enjoyed chatting with other guests and got to stop at a beautiful island to adventure around and snorkel. There was a great lunch when we got back on the catamaran and toured around a bit longer. 6hrs went by so fast we wanted to continue on for another 6hrs+ ;) I would give this tour 10 stars if I could!
Written 26 February 2024
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Jennifer L
Largo, FL2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We went on an amazing island adventure with four wonderful hosts (one having four legs)!!!!! A surprise dolphin encounter for the record books!!!! Enjoyed lunch cooked to perfection with a comfortable sized group of pleasant new friends!!!! A beautiful vessel operated by Carino’s experienced staff. A “must do”!!!!!
Written 26 February 2024
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Fairalways
Notts117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It really was a lovely cruise, the crew were so friendly, relaxed and knowledgeable. It's a small boat with just 16 of us on board, plenty of space to move around, bins for everyone that wanted them was a lovely touch. We were unlucky in that all we saw were a few small penguins at sea, the dolphins had obviously heard we were arriving!

One slight negative however is that the bbq was over hyped in the description, essentially it was a hot dog with onions, more than a little underwhelming, perhaps they might consider adjusting the wording.

But, I absolutely would recommend the cruise to others, it's a beautiful area and the crew take conservation & care for the wildlife very seriously which is great to see.
Written 10 February 2024
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Martin M
Province of Malaga, Spain2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We had an absolutely wonderful day out in the Bay of Islands with the Carino team. Visiting the local islands Motuarohia a particular delight. We learned so much about the local Dolphin, bird life and a particular highlight seeing the Penguins and a Hammerhead shark.
Written 16 December 2023
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Alex W
Glasgow, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We took a brilliant day tour in December. The group size was perfect for the size of the boat. We wanted the chance to see and photograph wildlife and we couldn't believe our luck. We saw bottlenose dolphins, little blue penguins, eagle rays, and stopping on the island for a walk around also got saddlebacks and kākāriki! Special shout out to Vanessa for always making sure we were being respectful to the dolphins and Mickey for her wealth of knowledge... especially about dolphin mating!... and also for a cracking BBQ lunch. A highlight of our trip to Bay of Islands and would definitely recommend.
Written 10 December 2023
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Aileen D
Waihi, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Caterman sailing and under motor at a leisurely pace to explore the Bay of Islands from Pahia. Max 30 persons with a great crew makes for a very informative opportunity to experience the Marine reserve, and also to contribute to research and conservation. Not in a hurry to be anywhere, gentle cruising to explore and hopefully see Birdllife and marine mammals.
One moment in lovely sun enjoying both back and front of the boat, next in rain in the cabin chatting with newly made travel companions, then back into the sunshine again, as the weather goes in NZ.
The opportunity to go ashore on a island and experience the land birds is a big plus. The offer of a kiwi BBQ on board for lunch so worth taking up.
Absolutely the best option for keen conservationists ,6 hours in nature with an exceptional team on board.
Written 19 November 2023
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Stephen F
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Friendly and very knowledgable crew made this trip a real highlight. The company’s respect for the environment and wildlife was very apparent. We would recommend this trip to anyone.
Written 6 November 2023
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kwhite8206
Ascot, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Had a very special day on CARINO today with Vanessa and Mickey. We lucked out and we’re the only ones on board so felt really spoilt. Great trip. Vanessa was a great captain and has a great sense of humour. They were both really knowledgeable, we learnt a lot about the history of the Bay of Islands as well as the wildlife. Highlight was a spectacular show put on up close and personal by Dolphins and also seeing some fantastic seabirds, Gannets, Shearwaters and a Giant Northern Petrel to name but a few. This really is a must do trip if you are visiting the area and I even enjoyed my BBQ sausage ! Thanks Vanessa had a great time. Kevin and Liz
Written 9 October 2023
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