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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.
Whakatane, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From start to finish, this tour of Whale Island was incredible. We were a party of 10 of mixed ages - from 9 to 83. Steph, Phil and their daughter Karly showed us a really good time and were true professionals. Our trip was well...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 15 December 2018 via mobile

Had a wonderful tour today. Gaia was very knowledgeable and Jess super friendly. Saw so much wildlife some we've never seen here. Very relaxed so good for younger kids. Was such a beautiful day and pahutekawas were in bloom.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 27 January 2018

A fantastic trip on the PEEJAY 1V remember to bring suntan lotion and something if you get sea sick , also good footwear and a must a camera to get those fantastic pictures .The staff at White Island Tours from the ladies at the booking...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank KimDeve
Reviewed 10 January 2018

This is a unique day out if your interested in wildlife eg birds, lizards and the local seal population. Be prepared for a not to lengthy walk where the guides will provide a great narrative of the history and current happenings. Take your bathers, water...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank graham19582015
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Whale Island Tours is a very professional group. We booked online. They do not take payment because the trips are weather depend. You get a phone call the night before confirming the trip. In the morning you check in at their office then go down...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Ian58_12
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Thanks Phil and team for making this a wonderful experience for us. We enjoyed every bit of this tour - listening to the birds and seeing a few of them, exploring the island and learning more about its past, the electrifying views from the Saddle,...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Mariarun2015
Reviewed 29 March 2015

What an amazing tour to take - Phil and the crew were so informative and helpful, it was a great value for money trip. It was so beautiful to land on the island and see the work that Doc has done in making this island...More

Date of experience: February 2015
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Reviewed 25 March 2015

Thanks Phil, Steph and team for the amazing day out you provided for 22 of our young ones. It was a beautiful day on the water; and our young ones came home excited at the chance to experience a natural wildlife reserve, to learn about...More

Date of experience: March 2015
2  Thank TrudiPhillips
Reviewed 7 March 2015

We had a great afternoon with Whale Island Tours seeing nature untouched. The crew went out of their way to accommodate us. Being a small operator was a plus as they did not have to work to a script, we were accommodated as individuals. I...More

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank Bjrchain
Reviewed 4 February 2015

The team at Whale Island Tours were all fantastic, welcoming, friendly and helpful throughout the afternoon. Flexible to our needs and wants as well, and full of information and points of interest and history. The island itself had the look of being relatively undistrurbed by...More

Date of experience: February 2015
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