Diveworks Dolphin & Seal Encounters
Beside a roundabout on the Strand is Pohaturoa, a large tapu (sacred) rock outcrop, where baptism, death, war and moko (tattoo) rites...
Right in the middle of the Strand, WhakaMax screens new-release movies. Cheaper tickets before 5pm and on Tuesdays.
Seasonal produce is transformed into excellent dishes at this cosy spot on Whakatane's main street. Begin with the duck and blueberry...
96 The Strand · interesting places nearby
Diveworks Dolphin & Seal Encounters information
This dive/ecotour company runs dolphin- and seal-swimming trips from Whakatane (cheaper if you're just watching from the boat), plus guided tours of Moutuhora (Whale Island; adult/child $120/85) and diving at Whakaari (White Island; two dives including gear $300). Fishing trips also available.
Those concerned with the welfare of dolphins and other marine mammals should be aware that swimming with them in the wild is considered by some to be disruptive to the habitat and behaviour of the animals.