Come aboard a 49-foot (15-meter) catamaran and get ready for an activity-packed cruise. As the yacht leaves the wharf, feel free to help the crew set sail or to take a turn at the helm. Or just relax and keep an eye out for the local bird and sea life, such as penguins, gannets, petrels, kingfish—and, of course, wild dolphins. The Carino is the only yacht that the Department of Conservation has licensed for interaction with dolphins in their natural habitat. Keep in mind, however, that any interaction—especially swimming—is dependent on the dolphins' willingness to participate, so be ready to enjoy them from a slight distance. |
An island stopover provides opportunities to snorkel (instruction and equipment are provided); take nature walks; play beach games, including Frisbee, volleyball, and boules; or just relax in the sun. Lunch is a Kiwi-style barbecue accompanied by a full cash bar. Once lunch is over, it's back to the yacht for more sailing, accompanied by an informal commentary on historical and geographical points of interest in the Bay of Islands.
- Admission to cruise
- Barbecue lunch (vegetarian options on request) with tea and coffee
- Use of snorkeling and sport equipment
Approximately 6 hours and 15 minutes
Daily, weather permitting
Departure time and location:
9:30 AM, Paihia Wharf
9:45 AM, Russell Wharf
Return time and location:
3:45 PM, Paihia Wharf
4:00 PM, Russell Wharf
Children age 3 or younger are admitted free of charge. Swimming with dolphins is not a guaranteed part of this cruise. Participants may not interact with dolphins without approval and appropriate supervision by the crew. In compliance with the Marine Mammals Act, swimming with the dolphins is expressly forbidden if dolphins are feeding or resting or if the pod contains juveniles or calves. Sailings may be canceled in the event of bad weather. The Bay of Islands, New Zealand is approx. 4 hours from Auckland, New Zealand. You are responsible for your own transportation to the departure location.
|After you book your activity, follow these 3 easy steps:|
1. Print your voucher; locate the voucher in your travel confirmation e-mail or in the My Trips/My Itineraries link on the site.
2. Follow the redemption instructions on your voucher; it iscritical to do this before you depart.
3. Take all vouchers with you; you must redeem one voucher per person.
Exchange your voucher for activity:
Confirmation is required. Contact Carino Sailing at least 24 hours before your trip date to ensure your reservation and to confirm departure time for tour selected. Upon arrival, present your voucher and photo ID in exchange for service.