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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.
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Elsie T
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
I would like to say a special thank you to our Captain Dave for his manaaki and aroha towards my Mum on our recent trip to Moutohora. My Mum is no longer as active as she use to be, and Mum decided she wanted to stay on the boat- she said she had a lovely time- explaining you were "old friends" thank you Captain for your kindness and care. It meant we were able to go for a walk over the island, swin and relax. Thank you to Guide Rameka and Guide Janet (Hope I got your names right) for keeping up with my nephew Sydney and answering his many questions! We loved the korero, love and respect you shared with us of this sea, land and ngahere and those within it. We were moved by the respect and aroha for Whakaari.

Outstanding and beautiful manaakitanga that went to a whole new level! We and the others on the tour all felt well cared for and had a lovely day

This has been a lovely memory.
Written 30 January 2023
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Hannah B
2 contributions
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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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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Paul A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
There are not many places you can visit the mouth of an active volcano so easily. As long as your aware of the risks (remote as they are) this is an experience that will stay with you forever.
Written 2 May 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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DavidFlorence
Auckland, New Zealand141 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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Kyrithys
Langholm, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I came here on my last day before heading back to the UK after finishing my work placement. It's not too pricey and a really nice way to spend a few hours. It was wonderful to see this beautiful island and it's amazing wildlife.

After check-in - which involves a short risk assessment form and then a brief checkover of bags and shoes for insects and seeds (very reasonable given the islands protected status) - the trip begins with a comfortable boat ride towards Moutohora.

First our group were taken to see a cute colony of New Zealand fur seals. The boat then headed round to a small beach where we were transported onto the island by rubber dinghy.

The tour guides were great - so friendly, and taught us so much about the island, the wildlife and also about the kiwi programme, as they led us on a walk up to a dip between the two hights points of the island, from which was an amazing view of the ocean and Whakaari.

We saw lots of amazing wildlife including a kingfisher, kakariki, grey petrel, saddlebacks, pied shags, fantails, tui, black backed gulls, and even some geckos. I also learned some interesting facts about the plantlife, for example the medicinal properties kawakawa leaves (and got to try one).

After this, we headed down to Sulfur Bay, an area of lots of mild geothermal activity just off the beach. We were given the chance to have a swim in the sea here where apparently there is a warm current from the geothermal activity, but sadly I'm not a very confident swimmer and it was a bit too choppy for me. Would be brilliant for a more confident swimmer as the guides and other tourists were enjoying it. It's apparently usually calmer than that though, so possibly a nice place for non-confident swimmers on a calm day?

Finally we headed back to the starting point where we were brought back to the boat by dinghy and then given a ride around the island before heading back to Whakatane.

Back on shore, what I can only describe to be an intense tropical monsoon had arrived, so I decided to check out the cafe. The staff here were lovely too. It was a bit too late for hot food, but the ginger slice I got was delicious and I also tried some kawakawa and ginger tea which was lovely. There are also some lovely gifts in the souvenir shop - my daughters love the kiwi and tuatara cuddly toys I brought back for them.

Would definitely recommend this trip although it's perhaps not that suitable for people with mobility difficulties as it does involve being able to get on and off a dinghy, some walking through woodland, and climbing some steep steps. For these reasons, and also due to nesting birds in the dunes and the geothermal spots, it's probably not best suited to young children.
Written 31 January 2020
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GaryJudy G
Papamoa, New Zealand124 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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Forest-Hills-Cynic
Forest Hills, NY298 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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slonichek
Los Angeles, CA994 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I would leave questions about island access to Health and Safety Department. It is an active volcano that is almost impossible to predict. It was surprised that we could walk that close to the main vent, but scenery is so unreal that I was simply fascinated by the landscape and activity of fumaroles. This place is one hell of a beauty, deadly, but magnificent. Two weeks ago it was quiet and let us out safely. The team was great, everyone from the tour company did their job quite well and chatting with them was such a pleasure. My heart is aching for those whom I've met and they are lost, and for those who are injured. I am praying you all be well, and thanks for a good memories.
Written 17 December 2019
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