White Island Tours
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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.
Whakatāne, New Zealand

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Graeme B
Paraparaumu, New Zealand28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
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 😊

Written 22 October 2020
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Nicole B
Santa Barbara, CA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
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!)
Written 2 March 2020
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Hannah B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
We went on a fabulous trip to Moutohora (Whale Island) today. The crew were fantastic, very friendly and knowledgeable, the boat was great and well equipped and Moutohora itself is stunning. We saw New Zealand fur seals sunning themselves on the rocks and chilling in the water, Saddlebacks singing in the bush and native geckos hiding out from the sun. Our guide was very approachable and accommodating to the needs of everyone one in our group.
Stunning views, gorgeous beaches, geothermal features, hot water beach (where you can dig yourself a hot pool if the tide is right) and relaxing atmosphere... what more can you ask for from a day trip?!
Written 18 April 2021
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Forest-Hills-Cynic
Forest Hills, NY269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We Went. It was a once in a lifetime time adventure - standing on the crater floor of an active volcano - spewing forth sulfa, steam and other toxic gases - truly the inspiration for the fire and brimstone concept of Hell. Three days later, it erupted killing and burning many. That really shook us up. I doubt they'll ever let tourists visit again.
Written 22 January 2020
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GaryJudy G
Papamoa, New Zealand123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Today we had the most amazing boat trip to Moutuhora (Whale Island) from Whakatane .All the staff were so welcoming and so knowledgable about the Island and it's flora and furna. We would recommend this trip to all, whether local or overseas visitor. This organisation is a true advertisement for all of New Zealand and it's people.
Written 24 January 2020
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DavidFlorence
Auckland, New Zealand135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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.
Written 26 February 2020
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mickey_victoria
victoria37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Our family went on the tour in March. It was an unique experience that we got so close to a live volcano. The place was memorable and haunting. The staffs were attentive and conscientious of safety. My heart goes out to the tourists and staffs.
Written 9 December 2019
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
My wife and I visited Whie Island by helicopter from Whakatane in 2006, perhaps before it had become such a "must see" and certainly before tripadvisor. Our memories until just now were good, with White Island standing equal in our memories with helicopter flights over both Glacier Bay in Canada and the Iguasu falls in Brazil. Today, though, we remember the words of our pilot as we strapped on the vulcanised rubber overshoes before stepping out onto the surface. He pointed out the route that we would take between the little fumerols , some no more than six inches, but already letting out their sulphurous gases, and then a path slightly worn which was already pitted with some fumerols which had been the way on his previous trip. At that point the reality of the instability of the underlying surface of the island really hit home. Also his semi-facetious gallows type humour remark; "There is an eruption here on average about very four years" - pause for effect - "the last one was in 1997, so if you see me run, YOU run". The scenery was amazing and we have some great photographs of the strata with the varied colours of the minerals in the rocks which has been exposed to the elements and weathered by the acid atmosphere. The whole experience was like nowhere else on earth we have ever been, and what we imagined might be moonscape. The walk lasted, without mishap, for an hour or so, and as we left a small boat was arriving with a sea trip, with quite a walk up to the edge of the crater whereas we had landed very close.
So what happens to White Island now? I doubt that tours will be permitted in the future even for those brave enough or curious enough to want to make them with a small but significant local employment knock on effect.Commercial considerations including insurance cover will be prohibitively high , certainly in the foreseeable future. Perhaps it is time to leave White Island to the sea birds and the occasional vulcanologists doing their assessments which seem on this occasion to have been so tragically disregarded. When we visited The killing Fields just outside Pnom Penh we felt that some places just should not be for tourists. Perhaps , admittedly in a vastly different context, the same might now be true for White Island? (Date of visit was 2006, not as below)
Written 10 December 2019
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teamvargo
Niceville, Florida, United States55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
My family and I can not begin to imagine what your tightly-knit and kind team is going through right now, and we want you to know that you are all in our prayers. Every single one of your crew members was knowledgeable, compassionate, enthusiastic, and professional. My husband, our two sons, and I will treasure our memories made with your crew.
Our boat's captain, Peter, was wonderful. He gave my boys extra attention, and made our time with White Island Tours their favorite memory of our 2 weeks in New Zealand. We feel blessed that he was our skipper.
Our tour guides and boat crew (Jake, Kelsey, Calvin, and Ariana) went above and beyond for every single person on our boat. When my youngest son didn't feel well, Jake helped us to seats outside and got him cold towels for his neck. He checked on him often, and gave him words of encouragement. All the while, Calvin stood next to him, never flinching each time he got sick, and treated him gently like a family member. My son Carter (9 years old) remembers him saying, "No worries, it happens to everyone." We trusted our well-being to your team, and I know we were in the safest hands possible. Everyone put safety and well-being first both on the boat and on the island.
I am still in awe of your commitment and protection for your team, guests, and your country's wonders. My family and I will continue to hope and pray for you all, and we wish we could repay Peter's, Jake's, Kelsey's, Calvin's, and Ariana's immense generosity, compassion, and expertise.
With much love and prayers,

November 19th tour
Written 12 December 2019
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floridatraveler33
Jacksonville, FL654 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
You've seen enough photos of the island, and I have plenty, however, I don't see many of the crew that guided us through a safe and memorable experience. I don't think there were any passengers that were naïve enough to believe that landing on an active volcano didn't have inherent risks. That was part of the thrill - doing something that others are afraid to witness.

I like to capture an abundance of pictures everywhere I visit. At the time, most of them seem like meaningless photos, however, when I get home and sift through the hundreds of photos, I always find a gem. I sometimes have regrets over not having taken a photo I thought to take.

I took 311 photos while onshore. Some where of the highlight of the tour, the smoking cauldron, some where of the mining station where we heard the solemn fate of the miners, some where of the helicopter doing a crosswind pass over the cauldron, and some where of the passengers waiving their hand through the sulfur infused streams running off the mountain.

At the end of our tour, the crew lined the dock as we disembarked. I bagged my camera and scrounged through my pockets to pull out a tip as an appreciation tor the crew for having delivered a safe and amazing experience. My newly acquired Kiwi friends poked fun at me for tipping, so I completely forgot to capture my farewell. I regret not having taken photos of the full professional crew lining the dock. I thought they did a tremendous job guiding and protecting the passengers.
Written 14 December 2019
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