Fishing and Diving
Diveworks. Diveworks provide diving and fishing trips on their 33-foot Sportfisher speedboat. They'll take you out fishing or diving around local reefs and bays, to the "Seafire" shipwreck, or to Whale Island for a swim with dolphins. The Strand, Whakatane, Whakatane, 3120. 07/308–5896 or 0800/308–5896. www.diveworks-charters.com. $90 half-day fishing; $115 half-day diving; $150 to swim with dolphins.
John Baker. John "Tuna" Baker is one of the area's best-known dive masters. For $1,500 (divers) or $1,800 (fishers), he'll take up to six people out to White Island and some of the smaller nearby islands for an overnight trip of fishing or diving (or both) on his 40-foot boat. Wetsuit and fishing-rod rentals are available, as are $1,500 day trips. 15A James St., Whakatane, 3084. 07/307–0015. www.divenfish.co.nz.
Val Baker. A certified diving instructor and local character with stints as a Māori All Black and a radio announcer in his past, Val Baker has been diving for more than 30 years. He can take you to some of the smaller islands in the bay in his 18-foot "fizzboat." Wetsuits and snorkels are provided, and if you want to fish off the boat, he'll provide gear for that, too. Ask him to show you the shell of a giant mussel (all that's left of a good meal) he caught in the Cook Strait. Costs begin at around $100 for a half day. Matata, Whakatane, 3168. 07/322–2340.
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