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Whale Watch

Railway Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3 319 6767
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Ranked #8 of 33 Activities in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Water sports
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... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
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Baltimore, Maryland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you want to go on a boat ride or you want to check off Sperm Whales on your life list then this trip is for you. If you are interested in other marine life than forget it. The guides are not interested In showing or explaining about anything else.

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. The crew on-board do plan to view as much marine life as possible on each tour, the main focus however for the crew is to locate and view Sperm Whales which at times can be a long process, depending on the time it takes to satisfy this aspect the crew will then search for other... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

Enjoyed my whale watch experience this weekend. My first trip was cancelled due to rough seas but the staff happily rescheduled me for the following day. The boat crew were really friendly and helpful, particularly with the people who were seasick. There were quite a few so a tip - take motion sickness tablets! We got to see a sperm... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. Whale Watching can definitely be a game of patience as locating and viewing Sperm Whales in their natural environment on occasions can take sometime. We hope the rest of your journeys around NZ were successful. More

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

I had been looking forward to Whale watching for a long time and the wait was well worth it I saw a Sperm Whale Albatross Dolphins and Seals The boat ride out was rough but this for me made it all the more exciting The staff were friendly and informative Do this trip if you are in Kaikoura it is... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and Its great to hear that you enjoyed your time with us. (even the bumpy conditions) We hope the rest of your travels around NZ were successful. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

The good part is that we saw a sperm whale and a group of dusky dolphins during the tour, which was what we came for. On the other hand you better not be at all prone to sea sickness because the driving is rough and there's no fresh air coming in the boat while traveling. You get warned when you... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. As we operate in the open ocean sea sickness can become a reality at times with the changeability of the sea and weather conditions, we do our utmost to notify our guests at check-in of the conditions we are currently experiencing so they can decide whether or not to travel or change their booking. We... More

Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Great photo opportunities, a whale who obligingly waited for us, hung around showing us his best profile and then with a slow wave of his fluke slid gracefully away. We saw Dolphins and seals too who all seemed to enjoy playing round the boat. Excellent staff, informative and helpful. The icing on the cake would have been a little more... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The staff who run these trips were helpful, entertaining and made the trip very memorable. We saw a sperm and humpback whale, dolphins, albatross and seals - a fantastic experience!

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AlAin UAE
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

What can I say fantastic scenery coupled with fabulous weather,and the Sight of Whales what more could you want.

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London, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Wow! Three whale sightings made my family's day. The friendly and knowledgable crew made this experience special. Comfortable and speedy catamaran whisks us out into the ocean where we got soooo close to three magnificent sperm whales. We bought a cuddly sperm whale and squid at the shop, regrettable someone stole the squid later at Auckland airport from my eight... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Really enjoyed the whale watching,seeing them was breathtaking and also the albatrosses :) I get seasick, but took the medication, and managed to hold out! Our guide was fantastic, funny and taught us alot about whales and other wildlife. Ignore the poor reviews on here... Everything is laid out to you before you leave, including the fact you may only... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Booked a morning cruise and found the staff to be extremely helpful and professional. The crew on the boat were excellent and made sure we had every opportunity to see humpback whales up close! We saw 4 during our trip which was apparently good for the start of September. Commentary and knowledge of the whales and the environment was exceptional.... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing about your time with us, how wonderful being able to see 4 whales during your tour. More

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