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Whale Watch

Railway Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3 319 6767
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Ranked #8 of 32 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, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Very lucky with the weather as the previous two days Whale Watch trip were cancelled resulting in huge demand for the day we wished to travel. TIP - arrive early in the morning say 8.30am to secure the time slot you require on the day as unfortuantely if you arrive adhoc you may be disappointed due to demand. A very... More

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GlobalKiwi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

As a Kiwi, I've never prioritised this experience thinking 'it's expensive' and 'there's always next time', but if you are in Kaikoura and it's nice weather, GO!! This is not to be missed, absolutely fantastic and worth it at twice the price. The whole package is done very professionally and I loved the continuous knowledgeable commentary whilst on the boat.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I had an awesome trip with Whale Watch Kaikoura. The sea was very rough and made some people ill but the crew were excellent in dealing with it. Very calm & professional. We only got to see one whale but that was still amazing! Lots of information & photo opportunities provided.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 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... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

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... More

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Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 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.

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Copenhagen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 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... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

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... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Whale Watch itself is a good business. They are well organized and the ship is world class. However, if I had known how boring sperm whales are, I would have stayed home. It's pricey to see these whales and at most, you might have two sightings. I unfortunately, had rough seas, which made it hard to be on the boat... More

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

great commentary from Teo ... saw 2 whales ... lovely morning in fab weather ... also spotted cute blue penguin (apologies if I got name wrong)

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