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The Big Duck Boat Tours
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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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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Excellent , our ride was the 1hr 15min version and was outstanding , seals , dolphins , whales & a bit of fun with the boat itself. Be sure to do this if you get the chance.

Thank Tony W
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

A must do while at Victor! Best $60 I've spent on my travels!

It's obvious that Dan has spent the time to build a trusting relationship with the sea life. We not only saw Whales, but a calf too, and later three separate schools of dolphins which swam along side the boat and danced underneath, really putting a show on for us!! Dan could answer all of our questions and his passion for the sea really reflects in his tours.

Thank Kirstie M
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

This was our 3rd trip on the Big Duck and, as previously, it was very enjoyable and we did see whales! Dan runs a very professional and competent operation and makes sure everyone is well equipped and has a good experience. As other reviewers have commented, the boat ride itself is great fun for young (grandchildren) and old (grandparents) and the chance to surf the swells and see the coastline is worth the trip, regardless of the welcome sightings of whales, dolphins, sea lions, fur seals, and numerous species of sea birds. We highly recommend this experience and rate it the number 1 tourist attraction at Victor Harbor. Ann C.

Thank Ann C
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

Well this was a pleasant surprise, from the moment we met Dan the owner on the causeway at Victor Harbor right until the end of the tour he was professional, polite, friendly and very knowledgeable. Dan stopped on the way to Seal Island near some Dolphins for a great photo opportunity, so close that you could nearly touch them, then we went on to Seal Island for some great views of the various Seals. Dan supplies you with a great jacket so you do not get wet, for a ten seater boat the trip was surprisingly calm (and the sea was not that at all)

I would strongly recommend this attraction to anyone of any age visiting Victor Harbor, just remember to book before you go as the tours are heavily booked and you would not want to miss this opportunity.

Thank Paul D
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

First pleasant surprise was how stable such a small boat is. Expecting it to be bumpy but despite it being a windy day in Victor Harbour, the boat ride was very smooth. Second pleasant surprise was that we didn't get seasick. We were on the whale watching cruise so spent alot of time stationary drifting with the swell, waiting for whales to surface. My teen son has been prone to motion sickness in the past but neither he or I experienced any twinges of seasickness at all during our 1 1/2hrs on the water. Third surprise was that we stayed dry. Dan (owner) supplies on boarding,good quality waterproof jackets with hoods, which kept us very warm (it was a cool windy day) and dry at all times. We got a little splashed on the lower legs briefly on the way back but otherwise we & our camera stayed completely dry. Sadly, we did not see any whales (they were in the area but did not surface) and this made the cruise a little boring because of all the waiting around. No fault of the Dan at all who tried his very best - just our bad luck on the day. We did briefly see 2 dolphins and a seal. The high speed trip back to the wharf was the highlight for us and alot of fun. Dan runs a very professional operation and in the unlikely event that we were in Victor Harbour again (we are from interstate) we would definitely book another boat ride - preferably in non whale watching season.

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