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The Big Duck Boat Tours
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Wildlife Whale Discovery Tour from Victor Harbor
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Big Duck Boat Tours is South Australia's ocean adventure tour. See wildlife such as seals, sea lions, dolphins, sea birds and whales up close within minutes of leaving the dock. Our specially designed, purpose build rigid inflatable boat provides a fast, fun, safe ride so you can relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Experience the Southern Ocean and learn about our history, geography and wildlife through an informative commentary provided by a friendly, knowledgeable local guide.
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“Great fun !”
Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

I took my two kids aged 12 and 15. We did the 1hour tour and we loved it. Dan is skilled with the boat and backs this up with a deep knowledge of the sights and wildlife. We will be back in winter for some whale spotting.

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“Excellent experience”
Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

Fantastic experience and Dan was absolutely wonderful!

Only downside is the 30min seal tour is expensive for such a short time as you are paying more than a $1 per minute for it! Would be more worth the full $35 if it went for 45minutes.

Overall wonderful though and Dan is very informative and charming guide who makes you feel very safe!

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Reviewed December 3, 2012

me and my wife did a one hour tour with dan and we were amazed at the knowledge he new about the area for such a young man ,i have been on many tours around australia and this is one of the best i have ever been on ,i highly recommend it to any one young or old a must do in victor harbour . kevndi clifton springs vic.

Visited November 2012
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“So awesome we did the one hour tour twice in three days.”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

Dan, you're the man! The owner/operator of The Big Duck boat tour has certainly found a niche and filled it. Victor Harbor has been crying out for something like this for years. We both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves when we were in Victor Harbor this past week. We went out on the one hour tour on Sunday afternoon and were lucky enough to be the only two people on the boat! It was like having our own private charter. My friend urged Dan to go as fast as he liked. The whole experience was exhilarating. However, don't believe the blurb on the advertising flyer. I was led to believe we would be traveling slowly along the shoreline. Before venturing out to a couple of nearby islands. No, we didn't. Right from the get-go, we travelled incredibly quickly in the 10 seater boat. Quite a ride, seeing as we sat on the two front seats! We wondered why there was so much padding on the seats. We soon found out! It was like being on a very bumpy roller coaster.
But it was all worthwhile when we eventually found ourselves surrounded by dolphins. Dan slowed the boat right down and we travelled parralel with them for quite some time before Dan throttled up again to take us out to a couple of offshore islands to see sea-lions, seals and an assortment of bird-life. He then travelled to Waitpinga cliffs for a close up view of a sperm whale's head that had been washed up on inaccessible shore-line. We then turned for home for another white-knuckle ride. The whole trip takes an hour and 15 minutes. The time passed incredibly quickly as we were enjoying ourselves so much. Dan's commentary was fantastic and we felt like we had made a new friend. On our return, we immediately booked on the following Wednesday's long tour, preferring to do that rather than the 30 minute tour that is also on offer. Wednesday's tour was just as good even though the boat was full this time (we managed to get the front seats again). We again saw the dolphins, which alone, was worth the ticket price.
As we enjoyed it so much, we are shouting a couple of friends a ride as a Christmas gift for them and yes, you guessed it, we will be going along for the ride as well!
The only thing I had a bit of trouble with, because I am on the larger side and the wrong side of 50, I had a bit of difficulty boarding and alighting from the boat the first time I did it. But apart from that, I loved it!
Would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a fast boat ride and wants to get amongst the dolphins.

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“Wonderful Trip - A must-do in Victor Harbor!”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Loved this one hour on the water!
Dan the guide was so knowledgable and we saw some amazing dolphins, seals, birds and other wildlife. The scenery is gorgeous as well.
My tip is to do the one hour tour as you see a lot more than the 30 minute tour and is well worth the extra dollars.
Highly recommended, and the best thing we did whilst in Victor Harbor.
Do it!

Visited October 2012
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