White Island Tours gives you an in-depth guided tour of one of the world’s most interesting volcanoes. The island’s history is related in an informative way, with scientific information explained in an easy-to-understand manner. Shortly after check-in at the White Island Rendezvous, the tour departs from the Whakatane Wharf. You will find yourself aboard PeeJay, a luxury launch specifically built for the tours to White Island.
The trip out to the island is approximately 80 minutes, depending on conditions, so there is plenty of time to take in the scenery and marine life and enjoy our commentary through the excellent microphone system on board.
On the way out to the island our crew will issue everyone with safety gear, consisting of a hard hat and gas mask. Upon arrival at White Island, we anchor PeeJay and ferry everyone over to the island via inflatable boat to an existing concrete jetty. There is a short ladder to climb, a steel planking system to cross, and some boulders to negotiate before reaching the shore. Then it is time to start your exploration of New Zealand’s only live marine volcano.
Trained tour guides will take you through the remains of the old sulphur mining factory and up close and personal with the bright yellow sulphur crystals. Just to top it all off, venture right up to the main crater’s edge. It’s all here, the hissing, roaring, eerie steam rising from the crater lake. After feeling the awesome power of Mother Nature, sit back, relax and enjoy the included packed lunch before we head for home. On our trip home we might even be lucky enough to spend some time with dolphins, whales or the NZ Fur Seal.