We did get very close to the whales and also see the dolphins as well. The boat is small, so be prepared to endure the tough sea. I think half of the people on the boat ended up throwing up as the sea was really rough the day we went in. If you are prone to sea sickness, be warned.
However, if you are ok with rough sea, you are able to see spectacular whales, plus thousands of seals (they are stink though).
The warm soup at the end was what we needed.
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