New Zealand’s most active volcano is a world of its own. An early start to the day and a cloudless sky were the perfect conditions for a trip to the island. On board and on route towards the steaming land mass we were even lucky enough to be greeted by two Bryde’s whales. We were fitted with the appropriate gear which included a helmet and a gas mask. The vapours themselves are not dangerous, the mask was simply distributed to soften the blow of the smell of sulphur, in addition to sweets to distract from the smell and taste of it. After making it to shore, we saw countless beautiful colours and formations that Mother Nature has created - as well as some residual signs of human inhabitation from when the island was mined for sulphur up until 1914. Visiting White Island has been on my bucket list since 2007 and I am thrilled to have seen it and would recommend it to anyone considering the venture.
by Julia Laporte October. 18, 2018 405 views
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