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Whale Watch

Railway Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3 319 6767
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Ranked #8 of 34 Activities in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Water sports, Adventure
Owner description: "THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine based Whale watching...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Tours, Water sports, Adventure
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 / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Typically, you get to see 1-2 whales per tour. We were fortunate and got to see 3, along with hector dolphins and seals. I was happy that we chose a 7am time because although some people got sick, the seas were calm enough to tour unlike several later in the day that were cancelled due to weather. It was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Even though the weather was not in our favour we had one of the most memorable experiences of our lives. We saw three Spurm Whales and a school of dolphins who turned up to entertain us all. Just a must if you are here!!

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

It was definitely cool to see the whales, but it was done from quite a big boat cramped with people. I had hoped that it would all feel authentic, sadly it was not.

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Blenhiem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Go for it. Barbara and I were feeling none to good after a long journey but we went for it. 07:15 schedule on the 17th Dec was iffy because of pending weather conditions but we were treated to 3 sperm whales and dusky dolphins - and albatrosses which were equally important to us north hemisphere dwellers.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

Skip this one if you're prone to sea sickness. I went with my husband on a calm morning and thought we were safe ... But once we reached the waters over the deep kaikoura canyon, the huge swells make your head and stomach churn so bad. The mad rush from one place to another to try and catch a glimpse... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The guarantee of most of your money back if you don't see a whale is reassuring, but you are still hoping for whales aplenty as you head out. I was very lucky and saw two sperm whales; including "Taiki" the largest in the area, two killer whales, a school of dusky dolphins and a playful seal who was very smug... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

$165 per pax to go out there and watch whales is exhorbitant. You get to see perhaps maximum of 3 whales . But you only see the hump Part of it . Perhaps about only 3 metres is visible And each whale eventually does go in the water and you get to see the tail . So for all that... More 

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback on your experience with us as we look to continually improve the quality of the experience we provide to all our guests. Just one small correction to your feedback for others that will be reading this is that our Adult price is $145.00. We consider it a true privilege... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We went on this tour on 14th Dec and thought it was fairly expensive but after seeing they guaranteed a sighting or 80% of your money back thought it was worth it. The whole tour was well organised and we really enjoyed it especially when managed to see 2 male sperm whales. A fantastic experience and worth the money.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Very nice experience with great explanations and knowledgeable team. Just don't forget to take anti motion sickness better be safe then sorry.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I went on this trip yesterday and we saw a couple of Sperm Whales (one was on the surface for quite a while and we managed to see the famous tail splash!), pods of Dusky dolphins and Albatross. It was an experience of a lifetime and the crew absolutely helped make it. They are so friendly and very informative on... More 

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