Carino Wildlife Cruises

Carino Wildlife Cruises operate a one-day Bay of Islands Marine Explorer Program for schools, which includes a floating classroom workshop. We are dedicated to creating responsible marine wildlife watching in the Bay of islands and New Zealand. Sail with us on Carino NZ, a 50ft catamaran, and discover the stunning scenery and amazing wildlife of the beautiful Bay of Islands.

As the only yacht licensed to view and research dolphins, this is your chance to learn and be inspired by our local wildlife and crew.
•Become a dolphin-watch master and record your sightings of whales, dolphins, and other wildlife, helping Carino Wildlife Cruises to learn more about these amazing animals.
•Students will gain a better understanding of the Bay of Islands environment inclusive of human activities and the potential impacts they impose.
•This activity will introduce the local Bottlenose dolphins and how the environment they live in shapes their biology and ecology. There is a focus on species interdependencies which exist in the area and how both anthropogenic and natural changes have impacted the dolphins and their local marine environment.
Our interaction with dolphins is totally dependent on dolphin behaviour. All interactions are governed by the Department of Conservations rules and regulations. Skippers and crew are trained in recognising signs of avoidance or non-interest by dolphins.
Every ticket directly contributes to marine mammal research and conservation. While we are sailing, watch for our local little blue penguins, the world’s smallest penguin, our crazy diving gannets, pied cormorants, shearwaters, stormy petrels and other ocean birds. Help us gather information about seabird populations. The Bay of Islands is a regionally significant area for seabirds. Help us understand these seabirds, while learning more about them.

Carino Penguin Patrols – Future of the Little Blue
NZ is often referred to as the penguin capital of the world because we have more penguin species on our shores than any other country.
Theme: Animals are affected by human activities.
Objective: To learn about the daily life of a Little Blue Penguin and understand how human activities are affecting them and what we can do to reduce our impact.
Focus Question: Penguins are a non-threatened species so do we need to manage them? If they stop nesting at our local beach because of human disturbance do, we need to worry – or will they just move somewhere else? Umbrella species? What does this mean and how can it help?
An island stop is included, where you can
• explore a historic scenic island with conservation nature walks, native bird spotting
• snorkel at the reef beside the beach. (shallow and safe snorkelling). Find underwater species and treasures.
• Beach fun and swimming
• Kiwi style bbq lunch back aboard Carino NZ, optional.
By attending the Marine Explorer Program students will learn how to identify different kinds of dolphin species in their area, all about their biology and ecology, their environment, and threats to their survival.
Key Learning Areas: Social Sciences and Environment, Science, Technology, Mathematics, English and Visual Arts.
Key competencies: Thinking, using language, symbols, texts, managing self to others participating and contributing
Level: Year 7-13 (age 7-17)
Learning Outcomes:
• Conservation issues/ impacts in Bay of Islands and New Zealand
• Wildlife management, and what can we do to stop endangering our native species
• Dolphin SAFE program – how should we educate boat users
• Ecology/biology awareness/understanding
• Threat management
• What a biologist and marine biologist look like for a career/ future study

The Full Day Tour (6 hours) begins at 9am from the Paihia Wharf, returning between 3-3.30pm. It includes the sailing experience, island stopover, snorkelling gear, morning tea and coffee, dolphin watching and seabird sightings (no guarantees and subject to conditions).

Back to top