I had heard and read bad stories about companies offering whale viewing trips, so approached this trip with trepidation.
However, my experience of this company was very positive.
On arrival you are efficiently checked in and then enjoy cake and coffee during your briefing.
There is also a brief interesting talk about the penguins of Dyer Island - you can even buy a penguin home for just a few pounds - A bargain and well worthwhile!
You put on your safety gear then off to the boat. The boat is modern, small enough to get close to the whales and large enough to feel safe.
It was quite rough close to shore on our visit, but the crew swiftly took us through the rough sea to find a calmer spot. Some people were ill, but two of the crew were very helpful and considerate with their attention and attempts to make the people more comfortable.
The boat has a top deck and a lower deck for different perspectives - I tried both but actually preferred the lower deck (it is a lot steadier here for photography)
Very soon after leaving the immediate coast we saw Southern Right Whales both very near (next to the boat) and about 100 ft away. It was fascinating to watch the interaction between the female and the males who were trying to mate. We saw briefly a White shark as we neared a Shark Diving boat, and the Sea lions swimming around and laying on the islands.
To be honest, the day we went was not ideal conditions for whale watching - windy and wet, but the enthusiasm, knowledge and professionalism of all the crew soon made you forget the weather. They all worked hard to make sure we had a great experience seeing the whales from different angles and explaining in an interesting and fun way the behaviour and biology the whales.
Back on dry land, complimrentary hot soup and sandwiches are offered to warm you up and of course you can buy a download of the film of your drip.
Despite having wobbly legs for a few hours after arriving back on dry land, I thoroughly enjoyed the whale watching excursion and thoroughly recommend Dyer Island Cruises.
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