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White Island Tours ‑ CLOSED

Whakatane, New Zealand
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All tours to Whakaari / White Island have been cancelled. Moutohora / Whale Island tours have resumed. Information on this tour can be found via the separate TripAdvisor page: Moutohora Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) - Day Tour. In a country bursting with natural wonders, Whakaari/White Island is a standout. Located 49km off the coast of Whakatane, in the pristine waters of the Bay of Plenty, it is one of the world’s most accessible volcanoes. With the majority of the volcano sitting beneath the sea, visitors to the island disembark directly onto the crater, where the vivid hues of yellow and orange, resulting from the abundant sulphur on the island, make it a photographer’s dream.
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Graeme B wrote a review Oct 2020
Paraparaumu, New Zealand24 contributions6 helpful votes
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Our Pilot was Joana we had a perfect flight and views of the island with a number of circuits at different altitudes. Great commentary and knowledge. With views of whale 🐳island and the coastline. Smooth take off and landing. Thank you 😊
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Paul A wrote a review May 2020
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There are not many places you can visit the mouth of an active volcano so easily. As long as your aware of the risks (remote as they are) this is an experience that will stay with you forever.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Nicole B wrote a review Mar 2020
Santa Barbara, California, United States6 contributions2 helpful votes
The Bay of Plenty certainly meets up to its name. One of the best things to do in Whakatane is the Moutohorā Island Sanctuary (Whale Island) trip. The crew is phenomenal and the scenery is idyllic. There is a hike involved, and the views from the top blew me away. The care that is taken to preserve the natural habitat of the island is incredible. After hiking and sitting on the beach to eat lunch, with a quick dip in the ocean the boat goes around the entire island. If the front was interesting, the back side of the island looked like a movie set. Things to remember, bring your towel and bathing suit and lots of water. There are restrooms on the island. And fear not, if you forget your towel they will borrow you one for a nominal fee. Book early! This tour sells out (and it’s worth every penny!)
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Date of experience: February 2020
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DavidFlorence wrote a review Feb 2020
Auckland, New Zealand133 contributions35 helpful votes
We went on their tour to Whale Island. It was great, crew were fantastic & whole tour was so friendly & professional. All the knowledge given & the Sulphur Beach experience with the hot water coming out of the sand. A wonderful 4.5hours experience from Whakatane. Not to be missed.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Kyrithys wrote a review Jan 2020
Langholm, United Kingdom44 contributions19 helpful votes
I came here on my last day before heading back to the UK after finishing my work placement. It's not too pricey and a really nice way to spend a few hours. It was wonderful to see this beautiful island and it's amazing wildlife. After check-in - which involves a short risk assessment form and then a brief checkover of bags and shoes for insects and seeds (very reasonable given the islands protected status) - the trip begins with a comfortable boat ride towards Moutohora. First our group were taken to see a cute colony of New Zealand fur seals. The boat then headed round to a small beach where we were transported onto the island by rubber dinghy. The tour guides were great - so friendly, and taught us so much about the island, the wildlife and also about the kiwi programme, as they led us on a walk up to a dip between the two hights points of the island, from which was an amazing view of the ocean and Whakaari. We saw lots of amazing wildlife including a kingfisher, kakariki, grey petrel, saddlebacks, pied shags, fantails, tui, black backed gulls, and even some geckos. I also learned some interesting facts about the plantlife, for example the medicinal properties kawakawa leaves (and got to try one). After this, we headed down to Sulfur Bay, an area of lots of mild geothermal activity just off the beach. We were given the chance to have a swim in the sea here where apparently there is a warm current from the geothermal activity, but sadly I'm not a very confident swimmer and it was a bit too choppy for me. Would be brilliant for a more confident swimmer as the guides and other tourists were enjoying it. It's apparently usually calmer than that though, so possibly a nice place for non-confident swimmers on a calm day? Finally we headed back to the starting point where we were brought back to the boat by dinghy and then given a ride around the island before heading back to Whakatane. Back on shore, what I can only describe to be an intense tropical monsoon had arrived, so I decided to check out the cafe. The staff here were lovely too. It was a bit too late for hot food, but the ginger slice I got was delicious and I also tried some kawakawa and ginger tea which was lovely. There are also some lovely gifts in the souvenir shop - my daughters love the kiwi and tuatara cuddly toys I brought back for them. Would definitely recommend this trip although it's perhaps not that suitable for people with mobility difficulties as it does involve being able to get on and off a dinghy, some walking through woodland, and climbing some steep steps. For these reasons, and also due to nesting birds in the dunes and the geothermal spots, it's probably not best suited to young children.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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