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“Whale watching: excellent!”
Review of Rottnest Express

Rottnest Express
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$101.58*
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Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle including Adventure Speed Boat Ride
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$88.63*
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Rottnest Island Tour from Perth or Fremantle
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$73.25*
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Rottnest Island Bike and Snorkel Tour from Perth or Fremantle
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Rottnest Express has been serving the Island for 50 years now and knows it better than most. If you’re a visitor to Perth, Rottnest is the must see destination and we’d love to take you there. If you’re a local and haven’t been to Rotto for a while — it’s time to rediscover Rotto — it’s easier than you think.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 2, 2012

We booked a whale watching tour in the knowledge that if we did not see any whales we could re-book for free. I had lived in Fremantle for 50 years and had no idea that these whales migrated between the mainland and Rottnest twice a year on their way to and from Antarctica.

It was a two hour tour and we didn't see any whales for the first hour and were beginning to think we never would. Suddenly a passenger spotted a whale, alerted the staff and we raced off towards it. The first humpback whale and calf we saw was a bout 400 metres away, but later we saw lots much closer. They are spectacular as they raise their enormous tails before diving. They are the size of a bus! The commentary and information sheets were excellent.

FInally, as we were watching another a whale 100 metres away, another whale surfaced just in front of the boat . Absolutely spectacular. Much to our delight the boat stayed an extra 20 minutes as towards the end of our scheduled tour the whales seemed to be coming thick and fast.

The boat trip itself was very pretty anyway, even without the whales. Strongly recommended.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Rottnest Espress staff were fantastic in helping us make our booking. Ensure that you check the specials as there are currently very cheap rates one day a week. The Island was stunning even in poor weather, and if you are reasonably fit, a lot of the island is easily accesable by foot, rather than having to hire the bike transport. The Quokkas were prolific and absolutely gorgeous and the Lighthouses were breathtaking. Would love to come and stay!

Thank 76JUK
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Was quite a good journey there and back, if a little expensive. Rottnest itself was an interesting and relatively fun place however.

Thank TambonzRobertson
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Booked a whale-watching tour to rottnest island with Rottnest Express. It was on time, smoothly run, knowledgable and enthusiastic staff. Highly recommend to use it.

Thank pinkchouchong
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We travel to and from Rotto at least twice a year and have done for many years. Last Tues, 25 Sept was the worst crossing we have ever had - very windy and rough. Multiple people on the top deck were sick, probably on the other decks as well. The particular crew member on the top outside deck who looked after us - young man, had worked for them about 5 years - couldnt have been more helpful (unless he could've stopped the wind!!). He got us sick bags (which we used!!) ice cold bottles of water (free) and told us to use them around our faces and necks to help with the nausea. He also provided constant reassurance about the distance left to travel. Usually I get off the ferry without thinking anything much about it at all, but I thought this was exceptional service.

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