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Address: Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
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The crew of Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours take great delight and pride...

The crew of Monarch Wildlife Cruises and Tours take great delight and pride in getting our guests closer to our unique southern ocean wildlife, and to our glorious scenery.The Otago Peninsula and harbour is renowned for it's breeding populations of Northern Royal Albatross, Yellow-Eyed Penguins, Little Blue Penguins, furseals, sealions, and many other birds and mammals.Cruising on the MV Monarch is a great way to see them.

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the albatross experience

A very interesting cruise in not too big a boat with a good skipper/guide. Seeing the majestic Northern Royal Albatrosses, with their 3 metre wingspan, in flight was a memorable... read more

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London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

A very interesting cruise in not too big a boat with a good skipper/guide. Seeing the majestic Northern Royal Albatrosses, with their 3 metre wingspan, in flight was a memorable sight, and there were lots of other things too. Plenty of seals, a little blue penguin swimming around, all-in-all a great experience and good value.

Thank nickhawkins36
Smithfield, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Whilst this cruise was quite cold the staff made sure we were all comfortable for the trip out to the end of the Otago Peninsular. The wildlife viewing was spectacular and the commentary was both informative and interesting.

Thank Simon O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic tour around the castle. Picked up from our hotel by Bruce and given background info on the castle, who built it, the family and subsequent history. Loved the commentary, the grounds and the castle. Bruce was a wonderful story teller and I liken it to a good book and was eager for the next chapter. You can visit for... More 

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Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to park beside the quay. Saw range of birds, including the Royal albatross, shags etc. Fur seals and Hector dolphins which swam in the boats wake. Very informative.

Thank Colinlynn99
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We caught a bus that took us to the boat. Next three hours we learned all about the harbor, types of wildlife, got chased by birds wanting food, and saw seals of several varieties on the way. Then a quick bus trip enabled us to see the Penguin Reserve! Amazing place with blinds that allowed us to get close to... More 

Thank Pete S
Harrogate, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Trip of a lifetime - even on a damp day we were entertained and educated by very knowledgeable staff . From a Sea Lion tossing an Octopus in the air to wondering Albatrosses on the open sea . Memorable experience - well worth it!!

Thank Sinistralian
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Monarch Wildlife Cruise was one of the highlights of the Elm Wildlife Tour my cousin and I did whilst visiting Dunedin. We were lucky that the day we did the cruise back in February there were just 7 other passengers so we had a lot of room on the boat and good panoramic views of the harbour and the... More 

Thank MitziWillow
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I thoroughly recommend this wonderful wildlife cruise to anyone who would like to see wild Albatrosses in flight over the ocean, as well as many other types of seabird. Staff were excellent as was the view of these majestic and awesome creatures soaring over the waves. Thanks Monarch.

Thank stevepaynter
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful cruise with Buddy (captain) and Jorgen (guide) lots of wildlife ( blue penguin, shags, giant petrel, fur seals and many sightings of multiple royal albatross. Jorgen was a fantastic guide full of excellent knowledge about the area and wildlife. Buddy ensured we had perfect views of the wildlife. Highly recommended

Thank Lesley K
Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ideal way to witness these birds both on land, in-flight, and in the water. The ship captain made every effort to spot the birds and to give everyone on board an opportunity to get photos.

Thank johnellisak

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