Whale Island is 9km off the coast from Whakatane and it’s a kayaking paradise. We meet at the Whakatane Yacht Club Wharf, close to the i- Site and check you on board the boat, Centaurus, a well appointed sailing catamaran. After a safety briefing from Baz the skipper and with kayaks loaded, we head down the Whakatane River and out on to the ocean for the 25 minute trip to Whale Island. En route we’ll give you a little history of the area and of Whale Island itself and discuss 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 NZ fur seals, little blue penguins or gannets plunging into the ocean around us are common and the scenery is always breath taking. When the conditions are right we are able to explore the sea caves on the North West corner.
After two hours of paddling, we return to the boat for a home baked morning tea, perhaps a swim and a few yarns from the boat skipper before the return trip to Whakatane. You’ll love it ! We do !