White Island – Part 1

Our visit to White Island was certainly the highlight of the tour. White Island is an active volcano 50km off the coast, in the middle of the Bay of Plenty. There’s not that many places on earth where you can step into the crater of a live volcano so everyone on the tour was excited.

It was an early, pre-dawn start, with breakfast at 5.15am so we could reach the Bay of Plenty town of Whakatane, our departure point. The sun was just rising when the boat passed the sandbar.

Day trip to White Island

Day trip to White Island

The coast was soon behind us as we cruised into the middle of the bay.

Day trip to White Island

Day trip to White Island

It was a bit chilly on deck, but being very prone to seasickness, I’d rather be there than indoors. Luckily the weather was good and the water was quite calm.

Day trip to White Island

We first caught sight of the island about an hour or so into the journey. And the volcano was steaming!

Day trip to White Island

Day trip to White Island

Day trip to White Island

We arrived at the hour-and-a-half mark. With some trepidation, we boarded the rubber zodiacs and approached the island.

Day trip to White Island

What did we find?

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