Moutohorā /Whale Island, 9km off the Whakatane coast is a kayaking paradise. We sail to the island by catamaran, enjoy two hours of paddling and visit the hot water beach and geothermal area before home baked morning tea is served on board the yacht.

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The trip begins with a biosecurity check at the Whakatane Yacht Club Wharf, close to the isite followed by checking you on board the boat, Centaurus, a well appointed sailing catamaran. After a safety briefing from Baz, the skipper & with kayaks loaded, we head down the Whakatane River & out on to the ocean for the 50 minute trip to Whale Island. En-route we’ll give you a little history of the area and of Whale Island itself and brief you on kayak safety. We usually start at the most sheltered corner of the Island and give everyone an opportunity to become accustomed to kayaking on the ocean, before heading off on our tour. Wildlife encounters, whether New Zealand fur seals, little blue penguins or gannets plunging into the ocean are common


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Business Hours:
8am- 8pm

Months of Operation:
All months of the year


Proximity to town:
Close to Whakatane town centre and site.

Proximity to airport:
10km to Whakatane Airport.

Proximity to bus:
130 metres.


Weather Considerations:
Subject to weather.



Adult $250

Minimum Age:

Activity Duration:
5.5 hours approximately (may vary slightly due to sea/wind conditions)

This trip is suitable for children who are experienced in outdoor activity. Children aged 8 -12 may share a double kayak with an adult.
Under 8's can travel as non kayaking passengers if accompanied by an adult.
All trips are weather dependent.
Minimum numbers apply.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations with less than 24 hour notice may be charged full price.