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Whale Swim, Fish & Dive Tours Questions & Answers

Santa Fe, New Mexico

1. Should I go if I get seasick?

2. Should I go if I’m not a swimmer and don’t snorkel? Can I stay on the boat and still enjoy seeing the whales?

over a year ago Answer

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Florida
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1 - My partner gets sea sick very easily and he was very worried about being uncomfortable during the outing however he was fine the entire time. The sea was pretty calm and we had great weather. The boat is very small and has the potential to rock around a lot but because they want to get close to the whales they don't go very fast. You should be fine if you don't have rough seas. Take a couple dramamine pills with you just in case?

2 - You could still enjoy it if you stay on the boat the entire time, it would be like a traditional whale watching excursion. However the whole point of it is to swim with them. You do have to be able to swim. You are expected to swim up to them or out of their way if necessary. Snorkeling experience would help a lot. I would practice before going if I were you

over a year ago
Auckland
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Hi, not great if you get seasick however if you can outlast the journey to when the boat stops you should be ok, there are a few breaks. Of course you can stay on board and if you don’t snorkel then just go for a swim. It is an amazing experience onboard and on the water.

over a year ago
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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1)We had GREAT weather and the sea was very calm. It depends how seasick you get, if simply being a boat makes you sick, it could be a very long day! Otherwise, there was not very much rocking on a clear sunny day, you should be fine.

2)We did get pretty close to the whales but in my opinion, the whole experience was being in the water with them! Sometimes you do have to swim quite quickly to get a good look, other times they simply sit where they are while you float next to them and you check each other out.

over a year ago
Nelson, New Zealand
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I get really sea sick, and the day we went out it was pretty rough.

I would suggest you find some medication that works and only go on a smooth sea day!

It’s amazing to see the whales from the boat, but even more special to be in the water and see them clearly. The boat crew are really good at catering for all abilities and even if you just managed to get in the water once with some help, and perhaps a life jacket on, it would be worth it.

I would say though that it’s quite a hard climb to get back onto the boat from the water. You need a certain amount of physical fitness.

over a year ago
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I went on this whale trip and did not leave the boat, due to my health. With the exception of lunch on the island. My partner did swim with the whales. I spent a wonderful day with the skipper. He was not only a delightful person but eager to give me a good experience as well. I saw many whale at close range. I don't get sea sick, it was relatively calm on my trip. I suggest if you do get sick to consider medication to help with this.

over a year ago
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