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“Had a whale of a time”

Whale Watching Danushka
Fremantle, Australia
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“Had a whale of a time”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

After reading some of the earlier reviews it shows you need to do your research before you book. Firstly you need to make sure that you're going to whale watching when the weather is best suited for sea travel. Don't book in the middle of the year when the weather is bound to be rough and then blame the operators. Secondly if you're prone to sea sickness then either take precautions or don't go - don't blame the operators they can't control the ocean. Thirdly whales and dolphins are wild animals there are no guarantees that you will see them in the wild don't blame the operators they try their best.
Now Danushka's operation uses the most modern boat in the Mirissa fleet - it's a trimaran and is designed for cruising on the ocean. Most of the other boats are converted fishing boats and therefore no where near as stable. Because its new it has more powerful engines than the others - so when all the other boats leave the harbour don't stress as Danushka's boat will overtake them and reach the whale watching area ahead of most of the fleet. It should only cost you Rs6,000 per person (don't forget as a foreigner you'll also have to pay Rs25 to get into the Mirissa fishing boat harbour), which is more than some of the others but you are paying for a smoother quicker safer ride than the other boats.
As soon as you leave they provide you with a hot cuppa of tea and sea sickness pills for those who need it. Later on the trip out they provide a breakfast box, with a sandwich/roll, short eat and juice box - there is also bottled water available. The boat also has on board toilets.
The boat has two decks, the lower decks has seats and the upper deck has none (don't forget to take your shoes off if you're going upstairs - bin provided at the bottom of the stairs).
We were lucky in that while we were out we managed to see about 10 blue whales and a manta ray. The crew is very professional and generally able to answer most of your questions. They are also very good at spotting whale signs and getting the boat in a good position to view these amazing creatures. Because they don't chase the whales like some of the other boats you are not always as close but the point is not to disturb them in their natural habitat - they are performing animals.
My only criticism is that once we had seen what the captain thought was enough whales we turned around and headed back to the harbour - I would have loved to stay longer and tried to see if there were any other species of whales or dolphins or turtles around. I'm guessing the captain wanted to conserve fuel - that or he knew the seas would get rougher later in the day.
All in all it was amazing experience - well worth the money.

Visited February 2014
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Snekkersten, Denmark
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“Great trip and lots of whales.”
Reviewed 18 February 2014

Our family of four had a great experience on this recommendable boat trip. The boat was new and felt very safe, every one had to keep life jackets on and even the ones the try to "escape" the vest was told to put it on. Even though the boat was full, everyone could see the whales. The crew was very professional and was good whale spotters. We had more than twenty encounters and around five tail flips. We also saw spinning dolphins, whale shark and some normal dolphins playing. It was just a great trip and very recommendable company. We book at The Point in Merissa.
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Visited February 2014
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Cesenatico, Italy
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“great crew!”
Reviewed 17 February 2014

Boat brand new and comfortable, very pleasant and helpful crew, attentive to every need, to ensure that the customer was satisfied. That day the sea was a bit 'rough and it was windy, so not ideal conditions for whale watching, but despite this we were able to see them in 3 different occasions, and even some dolphin.
Exciting experience, which I highly recommend to do with Whale watching with Danushka.

Visited February 2014
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Hambantota, Sri Lanka
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“It was Awesome experiance...:)”
Reviewed 13 February 2014

Danushka & his crew are excellent & very friendly with the guest.they did good job..they saw to us so many whales...they gave information about the whales..his boat also very comfortable,safety & clean..any guest didn't get a sea sick. Danushka's crew very carefully about all guest..we had a nice & memorable experience...it was awesome..i loved it. thank you for ur good job Danushka & his crew..plz keep ur excellent job...!!! :)

Visited February 2014
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Holland
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“Dolphins, whales, seaturtles and service on 5 hrs trip.”
Reviewed 24 January 2014

Leaving the harbour at 7 am on a nice, new and safe boat. Upperdeck (no shoes) sitting on the floor matrasses. Chairs on the deck and lots of space around. Tea was served from the moment we went on board and after leaving the harbour a breakfastbox and a bottle of water for every passenger. Soon after we saw lots of dolphins swimming with us.
And then on a distance the first fountains of water from the whales. Whales coming to the surface and diving back as much as we liked. The last one we saw, showed his tail as a goodbye.
On the way back we saw a couple of drifting seaturtles making love. Turning on the current of the ocean. A beautiful view and hope for the turtle-future.
All 8 young children on board got seasick, so not a trip for too young children. We loved it. Cees and Theo

Visited January 2014
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