Explore the Bay of Islands - Carino Wildlife Cruises

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


  • Get up-close views of dolphins and other marine life
  • Island stopover for snorkelling, walking or relaxing
  • We are the only yacht licensed by the Department of Conservation to interact with wild dolphins in the Bay of Islands!
  • A unique sailing, wildlife watching and island hopping adventure - the best activities in the 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 the 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 enjoy the many activities on offer during the day.

Tour Includes:

Dolphins - Observe and learn about wild dolphins. Carino Wildlife Cruises is the only sailing yacht licensed by the 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, beachcombing or just relaxing in the sun on the golden sands.

Adult $140.00 (Aged 15+)
Child $97.00 (Aged 4-14 years)

What's included

  • Masks, Snorkels, Fins and Wetsuits


  • Allow approximately 6 hours for the whole experience


  • Boarding at 8:45am at Paihia Wharf.


  • Minimum age: 4

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.


  • 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.

    Important: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for our guests.

  • Optional Extras:

    BBQ Lunch- Enjoy a classic kiwi style BBQ lunch onboard Carino NZ (vegetarian and gluten-free options available) - $8 per person, can be purchased at checkout.

    Drinks - Enjoy a drink from the fully licenced cash bar, stocked with a great range of New Zealand beers wines and cool drinks.

Available Bookings from November 30 to December 06

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Tue 30 Nov
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Mon 6 Dec

  • Adult$125.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$97.00

  • Adult$125.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$80.00

  • Adult$125.00 Less than 6 at this price!
  • Child$80.00

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

Jessica Woods from New Zealand wrote on 19 April 2021

Awesome Experience from Start to Finish!

We had the most awesome day trip on the catamaran. Everything about the day was special, we were looked after by Vanessa and Wayne who were experienced, kind, and such a friendly crew. There isn't anything these people don't know about the area and the sea, they dropped us off by boat to an island so we could snorkel (supplied by them) after a walk and some relaxation they picked us up from the island, and back at the boat had lunch waiting onboard. The smell of onions (we love) greeted us as we tucked into our sausages (veggie for me) and salad. We were the only people on the trip that day, very unexpected and we were totally spoilt, the catamaran is beautiful and you can get so close to the marine life. My dream has always been to get up close and personal with the dolphins...we didn't swim with them but Vanessa "found them" and we had the most wonderful display from them as they spent a lot of time playing with us. One of the babies was showing off, rolling on its back and then mum and baby cuddled...you could feel the love! They stayed with us for a long time, one of them giving the most spectacular display by leaping 15 foot into the air before diving back down to play with the pod. If you want a more personalised service, I would go with Carina, unlike larger companies, they offer the personal touch. You won't be disappointed!

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edwinh from New Zealand wrote on 17 March 2021

Heaps of fun

Very enjoyable day under sail around the Bay of Islands.

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Dear Edwinh Thank you for taking the time to give feedback on our cruise. We love sharing the Bay with our guests and are very happy that you enjoyed the sailing and had fun with us. Cheers Vanessa

megans3 from New Zealand wrote on 01 March 2021


No brainer to support a DOC tour, professional and friendly team that wants you to have a great day without compromising the safety of the dolphins. We saw dolphins twice in the day and they swam up to the boat. Snorkel lunch stop allowed for a walk up to a look out as well. Incredible day - highly recommend.

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Dear Megans3 Thank you for taking the time to review our cruise. Thank you for understanding that the wild dolphins need to be looked after and permitted vessels are the way to go. Your day with us sounds incredible and thank you for high recommendation of our cruise Cheers Vanessa

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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Dear Kurt Thank you for your review. What a great day you had with us! Right now is a great time to explore the Bay with us, as most days have small numbers on board. Sailing is so relaxing and a great way to see the bay, and meet new friends, I an glad you experienced this with us. I love the photos, thanks for sharing. Cheers Vanessa


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