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Whale Island Tours

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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About Whale Island Tours
Guided walking tours of Whale (Moutohora) island sanctuary, a pristine wildlife reserve 9kms from Whakatane. The tour includes boat trip to the island, circumnavigation, walking on island to saddle lookout. Your skipper and guide Phil with Diveworks has 23 years of involvement with regeneration and restocking of native flora and fauna, he has been involved with the introduction of endangered Saddleback, most of the Kiwi, Tuatara lizard and the many Scientific monitoring, Firewatch and Cultural expeditions during the Islands establishment period. In 2009 he concluded a 3 year DOC concession to monitor and study the newly establishing seal colony which later resulted in a permit to swim with them. Phil has extensive information and records of the pest eradication program and the introduction and monitoring of Kiwi and Tuatara. He will tell you how Kakariki were introduced and then recaptured and will proudly show you trees he himself planted now exceeding 10 meters in height. The whole trip is exciting, informative and culminates with a Hot water beach swim.
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David wrote a review Nov 2021
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
What made this trip so special was the friendliness and care taken by our guides. We were a charter group of walkers with a wide range of ability. What impressed me most was the patience of the guides in dealing with some of the elderly members of the group. It was a great day out and to see and hear so many saddlebacks was a huge surprise.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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AliSin01 wrote a review Mar 2021
Lower Hutt, New Zealand33 contributions8 helpful votes
Had a great day out. The staff were so friendly and helpful and did a great job of giving us they information and stories without over doing it. Saw lots of birds and enjoyed the relaxing time on the beach in the warm water. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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RachaelR17 wrote a review Mar 2021
Wellington, New Zealand261 contributions65 helpful votes
I enjoyed the trip out to Motohoura Island, there are beautiful views and if you're lucky you'll spot some wildlife. My lower rating is because I think the current 4 hour trip could be done in about 2.5 hours and you would still get the opportunity to sight see the island etc.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Kaitlin Blackwood wrote a review Jan 2021
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Awesome trip loved the knowledge of our guide Malia, she was able to answer all of our questions and was very friendly to all, swim at the hot water beach was our highlight, we are locals and have never been before so this was a great experience for my family and I
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Cjm2511 wrote a review Dec 2020
Whakatane, New Zealand20 contributions14 helpful votes
Three generations loved this tour today - great guides, safety paramount, and a walk spotting even Tuatara, and Kiwi Prints among many birds. A swim for all, a spectacular cruise around our own tropical isle, and then a large pod of Dolphins to escort us homewards. Doesn’t get any better, anywhere in the world. And it’s right here. Do it! Thanks Phil, Steph, and the team.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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