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“Bluelight Kawerau goes to Whale Island”
Review of Whale Island Tours

Whale Island Tours
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Owner description: 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.
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 releasing kiwi, the seal colony; and the swim just topped it off! Great effort :-)

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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 would certainly recommend this company to anyone wanting to experience the hospitality as given to us.

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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 people, and birds and animals of many types moved around and relaxed in their natural enviroment.

1  Thank Martin776
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Reviewed 3 February 2015

I have always wanted to go to a Pest Free Island and I am glad I finally did. Whale Island itself was amazing, so beautiful and fascinating to look at. I loved the seal colony, there were some new born babies and they were just adorable!

The crew were very friendly and informative, what a fun boat ride! Once on the Island we got a really close look at Saddlebacks who were everywhere. It was amazing to see so many in one place since they are basically wiped out on the mainland.

I met a great group of people who all shared the passion of photography and really enjoyed myself.

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Reviewed 1 February 2015

I joined ten other nature lovers and wildlife photographers for a half day trip to Whale Island and had the most amazing experience. We got up close to wild seals and getting fantastic photos was so easy - we didn't even have to get off the boat. Our awesome skipper put us right in the middle of all the action. We then landed on the island which was easy even for the three of our crew who are 70 plus who didn't even get their feet wet. We were amazed by the amount of saddlebacks on the island, a rare species in NZ. They were all around us and we were charmed by their distinctive song. The bird life is awesome and the island just beautiful. Everyone was blown away by the experience. I'm going to go back to do the swimming with the seals experience!

1  Thank mandyh712
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