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“More for the guides than the visitors”

That's Awesome Dusk Patrol Whale Watching
Sydney, Australia
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25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“More for the guides than the visitors”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

I was quite unhappy about the trip with Thats Awesome. The driver was driving the boat as if she believed the passengers loved to be smashed. I have driven boats a lot myself and I know you don't have to meet the waved the way she did. Also when we saw whales the help onboard time after time put himself in the best position to take pictures, which made that the rest of us (the paying guests) missed a lot of opportunities.

Visited August 2012
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English first
Queensland, Australia
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73 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Name says it all”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

We did the dawn patrol, leaving at 7am. We were out there in no time and saw some very curious whales who spent time coming right up beside the boat out of the water ('mugging'). In August the mothers and their calves are still up north, but the teenagers were in the bay and we saw 7 or 8 all up. Best part about this boat is its size - only seats about 35 and on this trip there were only 13 of us, so no crowds! There are drinks and chocolates etc. available for purchase onboard and the boat also has a toilet below deck. Does get VERY cold at high speed so take a windproof jacket - they do have a few spare jackets on the boat but you'll need to be quick. Brian and Vanessa were great - very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. The high speed 'jet boat' style entry back into the harbour was fantastic fun, definitely a highlight of the trip after you've seen the whales. That's Awesome stays out in the bay for the same amount of time as the large boats, it just takes less time to get there. Would highly recommend if you want a quick and fun trip out and back without the crowds. Teenagers will LOVE this boat!

Visited August 2012
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Auckland
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Dawn Patrol on Awesome was awesome!”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

It was awesome! We were out very early and there were only five of us on board. The boat was fast and being low in the water we felt a lot closer to the whales. We were fortunate to see the first baby of the season! It was a fabulous experience.

Visited August 2012
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Thank JulianaNZ
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing whale watching and fantastic crew”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

My wife and I went on an afternoon whale watching tour on board of That's Awesome and had a fantastic time. From the moment we were picked up from our accommodation the staff were very friendly to us. The boat's crew were very knowledgeable and extremely professional. As far as our trip was concerned they always kept a distance with the whales and allowed the mammals to get close to us (and not the other way around). After having been to whale watching tours in Iceland and New Zealand this has been the best experience we've ever had. We saw plenty of whales, often very playful and curious towards us, and the fact that it was a small boat (fewer than 20 people when we went) made it much more enjoyable. I would definitely recommend That's awesome for an unforgettable experience.

Visited August 2012
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Fantastic way to see whales”
Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

We chose That's Awesome because of the passenger limit (34?) and it proved to be the best decision. The whales came right up to the side, and one even lifted its tail over the rail. There was plenty of room for all of us to move about and see as much as we wanted. The crew were lovely, friendly and knowledgable, the speed is fun (but cold - take a jacket or they have spares!) and we were able to zip around the bay to catch up with the whales once we spotted them. What a fantastic trip, finished off with a gorgeous sunset and a thrilling ride into the harbour. A definite recommendation.

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Thank Sarah T
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