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Albatross Encounter

Address: 96 Esplanade Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 319 6777
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Owner description: Get up close and personal to the largest wingspan in the world - the wandering albatross. Boat...
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Owner description: Get up close and personal to the largest wingspan in the world - the wandering albatross. Boat tours to visit the majestic pelagic birds of the Kaikoura coastline.

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Perth, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

You might think this is just for bird enthusiasts. Loved the small boat trip out, and watching 40-50 birds of several different species including albatrosses, dolphins, shark, petrels, shags, shearwaters and seals. The birds are encouraged to come close to the boat by a large block of frozen fish trailed from the boat. Recommended.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

My wife and i are touring South Island and stopped in Kiakoura for a few days. We decided to try the Albatross trip. We had been advised to take the early trip out so we reported to the office at 6am - or it may have been 6.30am. We were taken to the boat. On this trip there were only... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Close encounters of gigantic birds, boat was a little too small for my liking, but great all round tour. Pretty expensive for 2.5 hours but it was a real treat.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

If you don't like smallish boats and sharing a pitchy deck with crazy birdos, then this isn't for you. If you do like taking a single photo and having 5 species of albatross, giant petrels and a couple of Cape Petrels in it, then this is heaven. You don't have to take photos, of course, but that gives you an... More 

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cornwall
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Gigantic and magnificent birds so close, I've never been this close to a wandering albatross before, great experience. There were so many different kinds, the Royal, the southern, the northern, plus Great Petrels, I lost count and forget half the names. Names don't matter when you're so close to these beautiful wild creatures. Even got a glimpse of Dusky dolphins... More 

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Canterbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The trip takes you far out into the bay, stopping for seabirds and sea mammals of interest on the way. Then the engines are stopped, a bag of liver attached to the boat by a rope and the seabirds begin to gather. The tour guide was friendly, knowledgable and informative. I had hoped to see some of the larger seabirds... More 

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Summerland Point NSW
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Plenty of Sea birds and both Royal and Wandering Albatross where seen. The first half of the trip was great and then I got sea sick .Bugger.

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

No doubt this is the trip to take if you want to see pelagic birds off the coast of Kaikoura. With the mountains in the background and the birds used to taking advantage of the chummed fish in the basket, you'll get great views of birds on the water and on the wing - don't forget to bring your camera.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This is one of those tours that can't be captured in a photograph. Id seen the photos and vids prior to the tour, but when you see the different albatrosses so super close from the boat... they are magnificent. It's an experience to see such big birds. We're not bird nerds at all but were very happy we chose this... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This was great value for money - Gary was very knowledgeable about the birds. We got great views and great photos

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