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Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures
Ranked #2 of 24 Tours in Port Macquarie
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: ** Whale watching May to November ** Port Macquarie Cruise Adventures operates several different styles of cruise boats and is one of the longest established cruise businesses in the region. Our largest boat, Discovery 2 (54 pax) was built for the Murray River. The shallow draft allows us to navigate to impossible places thru 2 national parks. See wetlands, endangered species of birds and dolphins on most trips.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“From 0 stars to 5”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

The bad news
One Monday we rang to book on the advertised Tuesday "Everglades Cruise" only to be told it had gone out Monday because some people wanted to do it, so it would not be repeated on Tuesday- not impressed. We reluctantly settled on a whale watching trip at 11 am Tuesday. On Tuesday morning we got a phone call informing us the cruise would be delayed till 12:15 pm because the previous group had been late arriving. By this time, there was no opportunity to do anything else, so we just had to accept it. We turned up at 12 and at 12:15 were told that the boat was not back because it was surrounded by four whales and could not start its engines.
The turnaround
The staff then offered us the chance to go out on an RIB (inflatable) instead. This flexibility saved the day (and their reputation). By the time we got out there, the four whales had dispersed, but a lone juvenile female breached to attract our attention and obviously found us quite interesting as she spent 40 minutes swimming around and watching us. She went under the boat and around it, rolled over, blew so close to us that we were showered with spray and lifted her head so close to the boat that she touched my outstretched hand. The crew knew a lot about whales and had been involved in whale rescues, so their information was great. They said that she might be a whale who had been rescued previously as they often return to visit their rescuers. We stayed until her interest was flagging and felt that we had had unbelievable value for money. After a bad start, we were converted and are enthusiastic fans of the company now because of their flexible approach.

Visited September 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
“enjoyable whale watching trip”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We went on an early afternoon whale watch trip on a Sunday with a group of 12 people. There were many whales around, but unfortunately none of them came up close to the boat. We had heard that on one of the morning trips that day that the boat was surrounded by whales and that they couldn't move for about 20 minutes. So it's just luck whether you get to see the whales up close or not. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the experience. The staff, including the woman who booked our tickets, were very friendly and helpful and ran the trips professionally. We would certainly recommend them. Port Macquarie is a great place to go whale watching because it doesn't take long to get out to the ocean and also the whales travel close to the coast around there. So the trip was only about 1.5 hrs and it was priced very reasonably. (BTW - there is a toilet on board)

Visited September 2013
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Adelaide, Australia
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Whale Watching Cruise”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Last week we had a very enjoyable cruise watching whales in their own environment. The staff at Cruise Adventures where extremely helpful and knowledgeable concerning whales and their habitat. The vessel was comfortable and everyone was able to view the whales easily and it was also good because only 12 people could be on the vessel at once so it was not overcrowded. We would certainly recommend Cruise Adventures to anyone wishing to do a whale watching cruise. Thankyou for a very enjoyable cruise.

Visited August 2013
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Barendrecht, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
1 review
“whale watch”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

I went with my sister, dad en mother on this whale watch trip in a rib boat for 12 people but their was nobody else so we went with the 4 of us and it was amazing! I really loved it. We saw about 8 whales and a couple of dolphins. The staff where very nice and I really recommend every one to go on this trip! It was something I will never forget.

Visited July 2013
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Brisbane
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
“Quick & considerate”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

We recently enjoyed 2 mornings of Whale Watching. The RIB's were fast and comfortable, affording more time "out" where the whales were playing. Whilst no-one could possibly guarantee sightings, they certain use everything they can to help their clients get a whale experience. Well priced and well worth it.

Visited July 2013
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