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bottlenose dolphin trip
  • By Vanessa McKay
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  • 24 Nov 2021 06 jun 2018

Why do we support a marine mammal sanctuary in the Bay of Islands!

Last week the minister of conservation declared the Bay of Islands Marine mammal sanctuary and we broke out the bubbles! We have been operating with a DOC (Department of Conservation) marine mammal permit for over 26 years, in the Bay of Islands and during this time we have watched the behaviours of dolphins change and Read more…

award winning day cruise from paihia
  • By Vanessa McKay
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  • 19 Oct 2021 06 jun 2018

Carino Wildlife Cruises wins tourism award

On Wednesday 28 July 2021 in Christchurch we were one of 12 winners of the Qualmark 100% Pure NZ Experience 2021 award. “It was a complete surprise for us, and an honor to be included amongst with the amazing finalists” The judges said “A small, dedicated team focused on responsible and sustainable tourism with a Read more…

Wildlife Cruises Dolphin Facts
  • By Vanessa McKay
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  • 25 Aug 2021 06 jun 2018

10 Weird Dolphin Facts

Surprising facts about dolphins, that you might not know. Our crew love to share, here are some of the more surprising facts about bottlenose dolphins, we share on our island and wildlife day cruise, 1. When humans take a breath, they replace only 15% of the air in their lungs with fresh air. When dolphins Read more…

eco tourism day cruise
  • By Vanessa McKay
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  • 18 Feb 2021 06 jun 2018

Local Children learn about endangered wildlife in the Bay of Islands, on tours donated by Carino Wildlife Cruises

MEDIA RELEASE About 40 children from the Bay of Islands are scheduled and 12 children have already completed the Carino marine explorer activity, that promotes hands on learning about the critically endangered bottlenose dolphins in the Bay of Islands. Organiser Carino Wildlife Cruises is a wildlife and sailing tourism business in the Bay of Islands. Read more…

day sailing on a dolphin cruise
  • By Vanessa McKay
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  • 24 Jan 2021 06 jun 2018

Covid-19 and how we decided this was a chance to give back! – Carino Marine Explorer Activity

When Covid hit in March 2020 everything in the business of tourism changed. Our cruise and business relied on 85% of international tourism with borders closed and no idea when they would be open again, we took the time to look at our business and where we wanted to go. Early on I made the Read more…

eco tourism and responsible dolphin watchingday cruise
  • By Vanessa McKay
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  • 14 Jul 2020 06 jun 2018

Carino Wildlife Cruises receives International Recognition

  Here’s the kind of news I’d love to share everyday:   Carino wildlife cruises is Internationally certified, as a responsible whale and dolphin watching operator, the only one in the Bay of Islands and one of 23 worldwide Carino wildlife cruises is one of a special group of the world’s leading responsible whale and Read more…

local family business dolphin watching in the bay of islands
  • By Vanessa McKay
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  • 22 May 2020 06 jun 2018

Coronavirus: What we are doing to protecting our passengers & crew

Kia ora from team Carino, Vanessa and Bruce We hope this finds you all well and stretching your legs a little, in Level 2. After spending time in lockdown 4 and 3 and now 2, we are ready to be back out on the water. But We need to keep our crew safe, and our Read more…

  • By Vanessa McKay
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  • 26 Apr 2019 06 jun 2018

Our commitment is to the future of wild dolphins in the Bay of Islands

A Massey University report, commissioned by the Department Of Conservation, indicates a very high level of correlation between boat-dolphin interaction and an ongoing drop in the local bottlenose dolphin population within the Bay of Islands. Carino Sailing and Dolphins was privileged to have had a direct involvement in the production of this report, hosting a Read more…

Family dolphin in the Bay of Islands
  • By Vanessa McKay
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  • 17 Aug 2018 06 jun 2018

How do We know the Dolphins by name?

  How can you tell which dolphin is that? Is a question at is often asked by our guests. Just like parents can pick their child out in the playground, we can look at our wild bottlenose dolphins and know them by name. Names we have chosen, usually by association to their mother, location at Read more…

  • By Vanessa McKay
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  • 11 Nov 2016 06 jun 2018

Wild Dolphins – To Swim or Not to Swim?

For many people, the opportunity to swim with wild dolphins is at the very top of their bucket list. However, in our modern tech heavy world, an augmented reality of what swimming with wild dolphins is like seems to have taken hold. At Carino Sailing and Dolphin Adventures we believe that it is important to Read more…