Join the White Island Tours crew aboard the luxury cruiser 'PeeJay' for a 6 hour adventure to explore New Zealand's only active marine volcano - White Island. Sitting 49km off the coast of New Zealand's North Island, this is one of the most accessible live volcanoes in the world. With the majority of the volcano sitting beneath the sea we are able to disembark directly into the crater complex with no mountain climbing required. Being a live volcano there is little doubt that White Island is home to New Zealand's most impressive geothermal activity. Visitors are able to get up close to roaring steam vents, bubbling pits of mud, hot volcanic streams and the amazing lake of steaming acid. The vivid hues of yellow and orange resulting from the abundant sulphur on the island make it a photographer's dream. Experienced guides will lead visitors on a two hour exploration of the inner crater, providing a fascinating commentary on the geology of the island as well as stories of attempts to mine sulphur. Along with volcanic and geothermal features, you will see the remains of the sulphur factory which has survived multiple eruptions since being abandoned in the 1930s. Once back aboard PeeJay there is time to eat your lunch and during the summer months you may like to have a swim. If sea conditions are suitable the boat will do a circumnavigation of the island to provide viewing of the outer walls of the island where Pohutukawa forests grow and large Australasian Gannet colonies are established. Our journey home often provides the opportunity to spend time viewing dolphins, other marine life and if we are very lucky, even whales. We hold the necessary government permits to provide up close viewing of these animals and it's a great way to end an already amazing day. White Island is an easy day trip from Rotorua, with an add-on shuttle bus service able to pick up from most accommodation providers.