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Address: Railway Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 319 6767
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Description: "THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine...
"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.
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We set off on our whale watching trip despite rough seas.All later trips were cancelled, but I'm so glad ours wasn't. We saw a sperm whale, lots of dusky dolphins, some seals and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

We set off on our whale watching trip despite rough seas.All later trips were cancelled, but I'm so glad ours wasn't. We saw a sperm whale, lots of dusky dolphins, some seals and an albatross. One of the crew gave an excellent PowerPoint presentation on the marine life we could expect to see.The trip not only satisfied our long held... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

On our trip we seen a sperm whale, sharks, albatrosses, dolphins and seals.... Which are all wonderful to see... This is a brilliant activity to do especially if ur not the best swimmer...

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Liverpool
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Got to go if in Kaikoura. Very well organised, fairly expensive but well worth it. Went out on Sunday 1 March on a beautiful clear sunny day. captain of our boat located three seperate whales for us, great views watching them basking on the suface then diving with tail fins in the air. Memorable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our whale watching tour and were most impressed that we would get an 80% refund if we didn't see whales. We saw 2 sperm whales and the staff on the boat were excellent. We even were able to briefly chat with the captain of the boat.

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Guyancourt, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We were really disappointed with this tour. It is way too expensive for what it is. You only see the back and tail of a sperm whale. The nicest thing was to see funny dusky dolphins doing backflips. We would have preferred not to see the whale and be refunded of 80% of the price ticket. It is a nice... More 

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spokane, wa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Had a wonderful morning saw whales, several species of dolphins and much more. This is a very efficient operation, the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The boat is clean and very stable. At the time we went it was not overcrowded so everyone was able to have space to view. All in all a great morning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We got to see 2 sperm whales and dusky dolphins! Its such a memorable trip for my husband and I!:) The waters can get quite choppy though. Remember your sea sick pills:)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We were lucky enough to see both a blue whale, sperm whale and a huge pod of fantastically fun dusky dolphins!! Despite my wife suffering with seasickness (after taking anti-sickness pills!) we both had a great time and would recommend as an absolute must to anyone visiting the area.

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and is great to hear that you had a "Whale" of a time with us. I hope the rest of your journeys around NZ are successful. More 

shrewsbury, england
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I was unsure whether to rate this as a poor or an average. We didn't see any whales at all on the tour that we went on at 7.15am. The company cancelled the tours following this as the whales were outside of their operating area. Although disappointing it is completely down to nature on the day and there can be... More 

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your detailed feedback on your experience with us which is appreciated as we constantly look to improve the standard of service provided to all our customers, please rest assured that your comments are taken very seriously and have been forwarded to the appropriate individuals within our organisation so your views can be shared with our team, in... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The company itself comes across as very professional with a lovely check-in base and purpose-built, comfortable vessels. We only managed to see one sperm whale on our tour but it was still worth it (it fulfilled a childhood dream of seeing a big sperm whale tail!). Afterwards we were taken to see dusky dolphins and fur seals. The tour before... More 

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and its great to hear you enjoyed your time with us. Also thanks for the words of wisdom around sea sickness it always pays to be prepared when going out on the open ocean. We hope the rest of your travels around NZ are successful. More 

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