Boat Tours & water sports in Whakatane

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Boat Tours & Water Sports in Whakatane

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  • Casey Davis-Lamb
    2 contributions
    We did a freedom kayak but we were well set up with a map and route where we would see the best wee views and potentially see some marine life! Was such a cool experience. These guys were great at helping us get into the water, and super easy to deal with. Wicked area, wicked people. Thanks so much
    Written 5 March 2021
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  • 764delwynb
    Papamoa Beach22 contributions
    What a wonderful trip - lucky to have perfect blue skies and a calm sea. Our two guides were so friendly, helpful and knowledgable, Over an hour to enjoy a picnic lunch and swim - sea so warm.
    The rock formations on the other side of the island were awesome
    Written 26 February 2022
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  • Lauren
    1 contribution
    I've been a few times up the river with the Kiwi Jet boat tour family and each time has been unique and exciting. The crew are amazing people that make you laugh and share their love for adventure and the trip up the river never gets old as it is truly beautiful. Great for all the family and friends. A must do around Whakatane !
    Written 29 April 2020
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  • David
    Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
    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.
    Written 14 November 2021
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  • Hayley5
    Palmerston North, New Zealand5 contributions
    We did the seal and dolphin encounter yesterday with our three children. It was such an amazing experience. The Captain was very knowledgable and we felt very safe. The crew were some of the nicest and most helpful people we have come across. One of the girls took my daughter swimming on her back to see the seals, it was so magical for my daughter and very special. Thank you for an amazing trip. We are going to book again for next year
    Written 3 January 2022
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  • Terence G
    Whanganui, New Zealand210 contributions
    Great communications with Mick and Erin. We had to cancel first charter as weather was not good but the second day there was no wind and the sea was calm. arriving on our fishing spot near White Island we were given a lesson on electric reels and then it was time to fish. Within minutes all 5 rods had fish on. Myself and 6 friends had a fabulous day and for me it was the best fishing in 60 years. Thanks Mick
    Written 8 April 2022
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  • Emily D
    4 contributions
    IF YOU WANT AMAZING MEMORIES CHECK THIS OUT!!
    Lately went out to Whale island on Wildside Adventures snorkeling trip.
    This was a fantastic day out on the water! We traveled by Catamaran, chilling on the deck in the sunshine.
    Then - my favorite part- exploring the world beneath the water!! Beautiful abundance of Native fish and lush seaweed forests, not to mention happening upon some SEALS!!! eeek I love these playful creatures!
    The tour guides were very knowledgeable, always happy to answer our various questions and help us when we need it (I'm a little new to snorkeling) what an experience! see you soon Wildside!!
    Written 30 November 2017
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  • Flyingstary
    Hangzhou, China2 contributions
    We choose the half day inshore fishing, four hours, about 5 km from the sea shore. The captain was very kind and helpful. However we spent almost one hour to find the fish. Every one of us got his or her fish, some of it was too big to catch it. It's really interesting and enjoyable, and the price is reasonable. Whakatane is a good place for fishing. If you have time, the White Island is a better place for visiting and fishing.
    Written 20 February 2014
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  • Sn0wman
    Cannock106 contributions
    I've heard from many people that swimming with dolphins is a wonderful experience. Likewise I've heard that the warm, calm and clear waters off the North Island's east coast is the place to do it.

    However, my track record on whale and dolphin trips was 0 for 2. Apparently there was even a pod of dolphins in Milford Sound - the day before we were there.

    So, it was with mixed optimism that I booked on this trip to swim with dolphins. Apparently the hit rate was 95% - pretty good odds, with December being a favourable time.

    At the base we were kitted out in wet suits and flippers, before slapping on a load of sun tan oil. The morning conditions had been perfect, but by the afternoon the wind and swell had picked up a bit.

    Our party consisted of around 10 people which allowed the company to take out their high-speed boat. The boat was in good condition and the crew were very competent. Combining a high-speed boat with a bit of swell makes for a very exciting ride and we were soon out into the known dolphin areas.

    However, the dolphins had other ideas. Despite the best efforts of the crew, the nearest we got was a fleeting glimpse of an dorsal fin. What we did see was lots of diving birds, a spectacle by itself.

    Whilst it was disappointing to be part of that 5%, and going 0 for 3, the companies policy for not inducing dolphin encounters and minimising interference has to be applauded. We were offered a voucher for another trip the next day - but it was time to catch a plane home. Maybe next time...
    Written 31 January 2008
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