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“Joy of nature, I guess”

Carino Sailing & Dolphins
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 January 2014

We took this tour on 15 December 2013. We spent the day sailing and motoring around the bay and only saw a few penguins, which was a disappointment. As this operator doesn't have a guarantee on seeing dolphins we were left with no refund or alternative day offered. The boat was clean, well maintained; the crew friendly; there were plenty of snorkels etc. and the lunch tasty, healthy and filling. Overall though a disappointing day out.

Thank tonyofnapiernz
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Reviewed 17 January 2014

This was one of the best trips of our whole holiday. The crew were friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Most importantly for me, they really cared about the wildlife and the dolphins. We came across one pod with a 17 day old baby - a lot of the dolphins came really close to the boat, which was amazing to see. We didn't swim with this pod, quite rightly so, due to the baby. We got some great photos though. A little further on we came across a teenage pod, which put on a display of acrobatics that was second to none. We had the opportunity to swim with this pod - they weren't very interested in us though :) I would never have dreamt that I could have got so close to this magnificent wild animal, and it was a pleasure to do so. The on board barbecue was lovely, and the vegan meal was really tasty. All in all, this was a fantastic trip - the dolphins are respected and happy, and the staff are caring and friendly. When we go back to New Zealand, we will be sailing with the Carino again.

Thank Claudia H
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our day sailing/cruising with Carino - the crew were friendly and helpful, a commentary around the islands was informative. Unfortunately we didn't get to swim with the dolphins as there was a baby in the pod but there were lots of dolphins to ooh and aah over. We found this trip to be very good value for money as was the BBQ lunch which was very tasty. Would highly recommend and would do again!! Thanks Carino crew.

Thank Cheryl K
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Having done most of the other Bay of Island boat trips we decided to try a day sailing on Carino in the hope of finding some dolphins and the chance to swim with them. The day was breezy with a bit of chop and after a brief pause for a glimpse of a small pod of dolphins chasing a boat in it was out into the bay where we hoisted the sails. Cruising up through the islands we moored in a bay on Urupukapuka Island and while the crew got cracking with the Barbie we went ashore for a bit of a poke around and a swim. Back on board for BBQ Lunch (The guys even made sure they had vege sausages for the vegetarian) Fed and watered it was back out into the bay looking for any sign of dolphins and soon enough we found a pod of 6 juvenile bottle nose dolphins. They were a little too rowdy for the Carino crew to allow us into the water but we were treated to some great in close viewing of the dolphins. There was also plenty of room for everyone on board, the crew kept us well informed, so a really good day out.

Thank DandJWright
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Reviewed 14 January 2014

We had a great day in the Bay of Islands with the Carino crew! Very early we saw a group of dolphins. Unfortunately we didn't have the chance to swim with them because they had a baby dolphin with them. It was a pity but the crew explained to us that a baby dolphin has to eat every 10 minutes and it would be to much stress for the mother when we swim with them. We understood that it would harm the dolphins to go into the warer. And seeing a baby dolphin was a good compensation. It was so cute!
After we watched the dolphins for a while we continued our trip through the bay. Later on we went to a small island where we were able to swim, snorkel or do a short walk. After that we had a BBQ on the boat (thanks for the vegetarian alternative :-) ). After lunch we sailed for a while and went back to Paihia harbour.
It was an amazing experience to see dolphins in the wild and learn something about these beautiful animals. I think that I will never be able to visit a dolphinarium or a show with dolphins. This is such a torture to the animals!
Many thanks to the Carino crew for the tour and the professional operation.

Thank Marigold1205
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