My teenage daughter and I had gone to look for Whale Adventure. On reaching the harbour we were mobbed by people selling trips, the first one we actually spoke to said Whale Adventure wasn't running anymore but he could get us on another boat that was just about to leave. It had been windy previous days but wasn't windy on land on the day we travelled. The lady at the gate said they were fully booked but might get us on as a cancellation might arise and (unluckily for us) this seemed to happen. We didn't have to travel that day as we had nearly another week of holiday left. We did feel a bit pressurised to go there and then.
Once we had paid up and the boat had cast off, it was announced that as it was rough out to sea the chances of us seeing anything was slim. I know people have to make a living, but I do think , bearing in mind there were old people and children on the boat, that they should have been told before embarking and given the choice of another day. Probably 20% to 25% of the people on the boat were physically sick. A lot of the others, my daughter included, felt sick , and people vomiting all around her did not help. We did not see any whales or dolphins. One of the crew said he saw a dolphin. The trip was less than two hours and we were not offered a refund or a free trip - not that my daughter (who sails) would have taken them up on the offer in case everyone threw up again.
I asked, after returning to shore, how it worked with the trips that offer a refund if whales/ dolphins aren't seen. Apparently only one person on the boat has to see a whale or a dolphin . Which presumably includes a crew member.
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