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Whale Watch Kaikoura

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
About Whale Watch Kaikoura
"THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch® is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale all year round. A 95% success rate means a guaranteed 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. The Giant Sperm Whales share these waters with up to 14 other different species of whales and dolphins that migrate past at different times of the year. At times you may also see NZ Fur Seals, rare & endangered Hector’s Dolphins & a wide variety of marine birds including the wandering albatross. Designed for whale watching, the company operates a fleet of modern catamarans equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise &toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and large outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating while large plasma screens display award-winning marine wildlife animations.
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Kaikoura is renowned for its amazing marine life, and you’ll discover why on this whale watching tour. From your catamaran boat you’ll get up close to whales, seals, and dolphins in the deep waters off shore, as well as albatross. Learn about the animals and their habitat from live commentary on board. You are almost guaranteed to spot a whale, as you’ll receive most of your ticket price back if you don’t.
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Jen E wrote a review 16 Jan
Hamilton, New Zealand8 contributions7 helpful votes
Such a fun and amazing experience. We saw a whale vey quickly into the trip. The amount of dolphins we saw exceeded our expectations. Hectors and Dusky dolphins spotted today. The Dusky dolphins were flipping and jumping. Seals as well. Such a wonderful trip. Kids went free with paying adults which was a bonus.
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Rachel B wrote a review 16 Jan
Auckland, New Zealand9 contributions3 helpful votes
Fabulous experience! We had a wonderful time this morning in the Captains Cabin. Very professionally run, our guide was well spoken and knowledgeable. Nice complementary snacks and drinks in the captains area. Saw one whale, lots of dolphins, sea birds and seals.
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Alipa50 wrote a review 13 Jan
Wellington, New Zealand1530 contributions210 helpful votes
This is something I had always wanted to do so I booked a ticket in the captains captain which was worth the extra money as the views were better and we got a roped off area at the top of the boat as our viewing platform. The sperm whale we saw was large and majestic. The crew were professional and informative too.
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Evy Coke wrote a review 4 Jan
Wellington, New Zealand70 contributions11 helpful votes
I was a bit hesitant to take this trip as I have been on unsuccessful or underwhelming tours in other places, but this trip was the real deal. We spent quite a bit of time near sperm whale Holy Moley while he 'refueled' with oxygen, before seeing two impressive views of his tail when he dived. It was a very special experience. We also enjoyed being able to see some other wildlife from the boat such as seals, dolphins, albatrosses, mollymawks and petrels. The commentary was excellent – not only educational and interesting, but the guide Eru was entertaining and funny. We recommend paying the extra for a seat in the Captain’s cabin, as the higher view from inside is good and there is dedicated space at the outside railing. This whale watching operation runs very well. The refund was prompt when our first attempt was cancelled due to unsuitable weather, and the crew went to some effort to successfully net a random disposable face mask spotted in the ocean. Good to see kaitiakitanga in action.
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Date of experience: January 2022
ElleHenry wrote a review 3 Jan
Wellington, New Zealand35 contributions16 helpful votes
Such an amazing must do experience. Our guide and the crew were friendly, really informative and made sure saw as many whales as possible. Totally worth it. Magical!
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