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Cancellations must be received by us 24hrs before day of departure, for 100% refund. Passengers who have not cancelled before this are considered “no shows” and no refunds are available. If we cancel, we will either reschedule or you will be refunded in full. Our first concern is for passenger and vessel safety. Please see our booking conditions.

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The day sailing adventure is 6hrs. (9.30am – 3.45pm) daily.

Carino NZ departs from Paihia wharf at 9.30am. You need to be on the wharf at 9.15am for check in. The wharf is situated on the waterfront in Paihia Township. How to find us

You can book on the website now or email carinonz@gmail.com or phone +64 9 4028040

You will need a swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, warm jacket just in case, camera, money for drinks, heaps of enthusiasm and a smile. We provide masks, snorkels, fins and wetsuits (seasonal). Its fine to bring your own equipment. Bay of Islands weather is sub-tropical (temp 18C – 30C)

We have a solid boarding ladder at the back of the yacht for easy access in and out on the water.

The day sailing adventure is suitable for families with older children. We find that children under 5 years find the sailing tour a too long and young children are not really suitable for the sailing catamaran. Children under 8 years old are unable to swim with the dolphins and 8-12 year old must have a adult in the water with them, one on one.

Our tours normally operate in the sheltered waters of the Bay of Islands and seasickness is rarely an issue. However, because this can be an open ocean experience at times venturing into the Pacific Ocean, it is subject to a variety of sea conditions and sea sickness may be a problem for some of our guests. If you are prone to motion sickness, we advise that you take preventative measures before departing Paihia or Russell. Be advised that seasickness during the tour is not grounds for a refund and we are not able to cancel the tour for the others if you become sick.

There is no age limit for the day sailing and island explore.

Swimming with dolphins however we do have restrictions. New regulations from Maritime New Zealand regarding swimming with dolphins state “Swimming is not to be make available to children under 8 years old” and “Children between 8 and 12 year old need to be very confident in the water and supervised in the water by a parent or guardian at all times”

Sailing experience is not necessary. Sailing under the guidance of professional crew is a relaxed way to explore the bay. You can lend a hand to hoist the mainsail and jib or Sit back and relax as the sails catch the breeze.

The BBQ lunch is held aboard CARINO NZ. It is a kiwi style BBQ, Beef sausages, onions, bread rolls and salad. Vegetarians are also catered for on request. CARINO NZ has a fully licensed bar, with a range of New Zealand beers, wines and cool drinks.

Due to the spontaneous nature of sailing, there are several favourite islands that CARINO NZ can stop at. Your skipper will find a suitable calm cove to enjoy. These include Ururpukapuka Island, Roberton Islands and Motorua Island.

The Bay of Islands region has the finest maritime park in New Zealand with the 144 Islands and secluded bays. The Bay has an abundance of marine life, including the big marlin, whales, penguins, dolphins, gannets and many other species. The Bay of Islands is a unique location for bottlenose dolphins, as it provides the dolphins with abundant food and security for resting and breeding. The maritime and historic park is the original cradle of European civilization and has fine examples of Maori culture.

Yes! The idea of our tours is to hopefully encounter all forms of marine life, either in the water or in the sky. ( Blue penguins, Australasian Gannets, Orcas, maybe a whale, schooling fish – not all are seen every day)

It is breathing through a tube while on the surface. When you dive under the water you still need to hold your breath.

Some degree of swimming experience is required as the depth of the water is at least 40 metres. Although snorkelling experience is not essential, you’ll be able to swim with more confidence if you have snorkelled before.

Swimming and snorkelling with marine mammals can be a strenuous physical activity which may increase health and safety risk for persons suffering from medical conditions – stress from sudden exposure to cold water, panic or strenuous activity can aggravate some medical conditions, and certain medical condition such as heart disease may result in cardiac arrest and death. Please ask clients to advise us of any medical conditions and to have any medication with them on the tour.

No. There is no guarantee for finding wild dolphins.

Our tour is about the whole bay of islands and the marine environment (not just about dolphins).

We are a sailing tour that actively seeks dolphins, with the intent to swim ( conditions permitting), while also experiencing the beauty of the Bay of Islands.

We run our tours to respect and appreciate the habitat  and behavior of wild dolphins  and sometimes this means, not seeing them or not being able to swim with them.

Swimmers are not allowed to touch the dolphins in any way. Physical contact (touching or grabbing) with wild dolphins is not permitted under any New Zealand DOC permit.

We are the only yacht licensed by Department of Conservation to interact and swim with dolphins in the Bay of islands. We provide a unique dolphin tour that will take you up close with wild dolphins and you will also get to experience the joy of sailing, an island stopover where you can snorkel and a bbq lunch. This is the total bay of islands experience, all on one yacht.

We find dolphins approximately 80% of the time.

We cannot guarantee to find the dolphins, as they are wild animals in their own environment, not in an enclosure.

Our tour is about the whole bay of islands and the marine environment (not just about dolphins).

We run our tours to respect and appreciate the habitat  and behavior of wild dolphins  and sometimes this means, not seeing them or not being able to swim with them.

It should be noted that open water dolphin swimming operations are not like that of an aquarium type atmosphere.

Dolphins are generally very interested in swimmers, however, these are wild animals that are in total control of the situation and we are simply guests in their world. If the dolphins are not in the mood to interact with people, they may simply move on and swimmers should be aware there is the chance that they will not interact with them in the water. If that is the case, we will bring the swimmers back onboard for some awesome viewing from the boat. Please understand that it is the dolphins choice whether to interact with the swimmers and refunds can not be given if the dolphins are “not interested” for whatever reason.

Our Guides will give you instructions on how to behave when in the water with the dolphins. See our swim with dolphin guidelines. This swimming with dolphin’s tour is strictly on the dolphins terms. We will cruise with a potential dolphin group and determine if swimming will be allowed based on the group composition and behaviour. Our goal is to provide you with the experience of a lifetime – up close and personal with wild dolphins. It should be noted that open water dolphin swimming is not like that of an aquarium type atmosphere. Although several dolphins generally seem quite interested people, these are wild animals that are in total control of the situation and may decide to simply pass you by. It’s an incredible experience just to be in the water with them and you shouldn’t be discouraged if the dolphins are not interested in you.

Please keep in mind that our job is to put you in the water with the dolphins, whether they interact with you in the water is their choice.

All dolphin swimming commercial operators in New Zealand are subject to a permit system administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC). DOC regulations state that we are not allowed to swim with dolphins if they are feeding resting or have baby dolphins. This would then be a view only, all tour depart with the intent to swim with dolphins.

If sea conditions are deemed too severe, all dolphin swimming tours will be cancelled for matters of passenger safety. Your safety is paramount to us and we will not put swimmers in the water if the conditions are unsafe for you to disembark or climb back aboard the vessel. All tours depart with the intent to swim with dolphins.