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 November 24 to November 30

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Wed 25 Nov
Thu 26 Nov
Fri 27 Nov
Sat 28 Nov
Sun 29 Nov
Mon 30 Nov

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$140.00
  • Child$97.00

7spaces priced from:

  • Adult$121.00
  • Child$80.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$122.00
  • Child$97.00

9spaces priced from:

  • Adult$126.00
  • Child$80.00

10spaces priced from:

  • Adult$126.00
  • Child$80.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$140.00
  • Child$97.00

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

hanhh from New Zealand wrote on 02 November 2020

Nice relaxing experience

The trip was relaxing. Wetsuit is not provided for snorkeling, please update description of the experience.

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Dear hanhh Thank you for your feedback. I am glad you found the trip relaxing. We do provide wetsuits for adults, just not in child size. I will update description, thank your for letting us know. regards Team Carino

Tanaji from New Zealand wrote on 30 October 2020

The Best cruising experience

We really enjoyed cruising with Carino sailing and Dolphin adventure. Captain is really cool of this cruise and really informative. She made sure we get to enjoy every seconds on that cruise and also she was making sure to give us little bit history around the islands. we got a chance to see dolphins for almost 15-20 minutes and our captain followed the dolphins with the safe distance and we really enjoyed the experience of watching dolphins.

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Dear Tanaji Thank you for your review. we love being able to share our knowledge and passion of the bay of islands. being a responsible dolphin watching operator is very important to us and all our interaction is done with the welfare of the dolphins in mind. Thank you for understanding. regards Team Carino

Kirsten duerkop from New Zealand wrote on 30 October 2020

beatiful day

Great day, 10 out of 5 stars : Crew, sailing, dolphins and the bay

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Dear Kirsten Thank you for your review, it means a lot to us. we do try to meet expectations and are extra happy when we get it right. Thank you regards Team Carino

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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Dear Sean Thank you for your feedback, we do appreciate it. Sailing is a great way to explore the Bay of Islands and we love to share our experience with all our guests. Hope to see you in the bay again one day. regards Team Carino


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