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Whale Island Tours

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Whakatane, New Zealand
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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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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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Kit H wrote a review Mar 2020
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Great tour by White Island Tours to this beautiful Moutohora / Whale Island. Restored with forest and rare saddlebacks. Great guide. Congratulations Ngati Awa and DoC
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Lisa S wrote a review Feb 2020
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Loved our tour of Whale Island! We were a family group ranging in age from 7 to 70 and everyone really enjoyed the experience. It was a beautiful day and we enjoyed a lovely scenic boat ride out to the island. The tour guides were very informative and knowledgeable and we saw lots of saddleback and Tui. The kids (and the adults) really enjoyed digging up the hot sand at sulphur bay. Highly recommend this tour to all.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Gill wrote a review Jan 2020
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Only 15 mins by boat to great island sanctuary with tui, kakariki, saddleback, grey petrel, skink and tuatara and kiwi (didn't see last 2 but was assured they were there). We were very well looked after by our knowledgeable guides. The 1 hour walk is fairly easy but some uphill and a small part close to cliff edge. I'm not fit but managed it ok. The island's whale shape is due to 3 volcanic cones - now bush clad and extinct. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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