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“Best place to whale watch”
Review of Whale Watch

Whale Watch
Ranked #5 of 27 Tours in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: "THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine based Whale watching company offering exciting up-close encounter with the world's largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year, our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 15 August 2014

We have considered whale watching before but this company makes it very attractive. They are professional and know how to track whales. On the day we went out, we saw 7!!!!! The staff can even tell you when the whales will go underwater. They have a high success rate and will refund 80% of the tour cost if you don't see a whale. We liked that and preferred it over receiving a discount the next day because with our schedule we only had one day to whale watch. We also saw seals. It was an experience of a lifetime and we highly recommend this tour and company.

Thank HeidiM929
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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2014

Wow thank you so much for your very kind words and review. We are so glad that you choose to join us. What a great trip being able to see 7 whales... not and everyday occurrence that is for sure. Thanks again, hope that rest of your travels were just as successful.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed our trip out on this excursion. We were lucky enough to see five sperm whales and a whole host of dusky dolphins, as well as various different birds.
The staff were very knowledgeable and gave guidance which ensured that perfect photos were taken of the whales preparing to dive.
This was an awesome experience and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Thank TracyAnn143
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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2014

Kia Ora TracyAnn, thanks so much for sharing about your experience with us, it sounds like you had a great time with some fantastic sightings.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

Taking the tour was great fun. We had a funny commentary and the seats were very comfortable. From the top of the vessel we had a fine view on the ocean and we were lucky that day - we saw 3 whales and lateron had a look at fur seals as well.

Thank EMellmydear
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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2014

3 sperm whales... it sounds like your time with us was successful and memorable, thank you for taking the time to share.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

It may not been the fasted or most adrenaline filled activity however what a wonderful experience. We were lucky to see a humpback whale, a sperm whale and hector dolphins. They are amazing creatures and to learn more about them we had fantastic commentary and also a fantastic whale spotter. They worked well as a team also with our captain Rex. They knew plenty about the local area. Highly reconmend.

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2014

So glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour, what a blessing to be able to see such a wide diversity of marine life while you were with us.

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Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

The commentary given was absolutely superb! How Manu managed to spot the different whales and dolphins in the water was amazing!

On departure we saw a humpback whale, it was after about 5 minutes of leaving! Shortly after we caught a glimpse of our first sperm whale, the whales don't do much as they are taking on board oxygen for their next dive, but the sight of it breathing in and out of the blow hole is wonderful to watch! The staff have amazing knowledge to know when it is going to dive, thus allowing you to capture photos or videos! We were also lucky enough to have some hector dolphins swim alongside our boat. Overall, tremendous fun!

1  Thank Shigamm
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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2014

Thanks so much for your feedback and very kind words, I am sure that Manu will be very happy to know that he is doing a fantastic job. It really does sound like you had a 'whale of a time' with us, thanks for sharing such a beautiful photo.

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