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 29 to November 04

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Thu 29 Oct
Fri 30 Oct
Sat 31 Oct
Sun 1 Nov
Mon 2 Nov
Tue 3 Nov
Wed 4 Nov

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$119.00
  • Child$97.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$126.00
  • Child$77.60

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$126.00
  • 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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Sean Davies from New Zealand wrote on 28 October 2020

Great experience!

Was a beautiful sailing trip. With amazing views lots of activities and crew that shared all there knowledge with us. Would highly recommend to anyone and would sail with them again in a heartbeat!

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orianne from France wrote on 27 October 2020

Amazing sailing day !

I had a really good day on the Carino. Vanessa is really amazing and passionate, she explained everything about the bay of islands and marine animals. it was really interesting ! I cannot expected better. Good day, good team and good dolphins show ! Thank you so much and continue like this :)

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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


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