White Island in the Bay of Plenty
After leaving Tauranga and Mt Maunganui we cruise along the beach resorts coastline before setting course for White Island… 2.5 hrs. During this time, relax and enjoy drinks and refreshments. If time allows, we will troll through one of the most productive gamefishing areas of the world.
White Island can first be seen from quite a distance away, with it’s almost always present plume of escaping gases showing on the horizon. Enjoy the spectacle of a quietly active, volcano, with perhaps the added thrill of landing a 30kg kingfish, as we circumnavigate the island, giving us glimpses into the crater.
Our overnight anchorage will be in the sheltered bays of Whale Island, only 9km off the coast of Whakatane. Another option, is to overnight in the small coastal port of Whakatane
Dinner can be enjoyed either inside, or on the deck, with the stars above, and the whisper of a soft sea breeze. Be pampered with the best of New Zealand’s cuisine.
Next morning, after breakfast aboard Mission, we depart for Tauranga cruising along the coastline, viewing Plate and Motiti Islands.
Dolphins frolicking in Mission’s bow waves are a common sight, and whales breaching in the distance are a sight to be enjoyed. Baleen whales and their calves visit this area regularly.
Bring the fishing lines out while we lunch anchored at Motiti Island, also renown for the large fish caught there.
Throughout the day, snacks, tea/coffee and fruit juices, are there for your enjoyment at all times, as part of the cruise package.
There are always opportunities to take advantage of the clear blue water, for swimming, and snorkeling, when we are anchored in the bays of the islands.