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Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura
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Reviewed 22 July 2021

We went on this flight as the boat trip we were booked on was cancelled due to rough seas. All the staff were great and once in the plane we soon found a sperm whale on the surface. We found 3 sperm whales and 2 humpback whales along with loads of seals. Definitely the best way to see whales.
We rebooked the boat trip for the day after, we saw 2 sperm whales and nothing else apart from sea birds.
To me the plane trip was 10 times better than the boat trip.

Date of experience: July 2021
Thank Simon071
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Reviewed 20 July 2021

Great flight with a knowledgeable pilot and spotted 3 whales all of which hung around for their allotted time. Took many photos, with the pilot offering everyone plenty of opportunity to get good shots in. Other aircraft and a helo in the mix was interesting too . Whilst the experience was really neat just made me feel that I wanted to get even closer, so hopefully our Whale Watch will provide that opportunity.

Date of experience: July 2021
Thank PaulD17230
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Reviewed 17 July 2021

We were hoping to see whales and we were lucky enough to see 4 sperm whales for up to 1 minute each before they dive into the deep. The pilot was very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. After we saw the whales we had a tour around the peninsula.

Main thing to note for future travelers is to manage your expectations, the advertising is a bit misleading in what your experience will be. I’ve seen the big whale posters and was hoping to see exactly the same thing. What I didn’t realize is:
- A 10-20 meter whale seen from 300 meters above will still seem like a small fish, so don’t expect to see too many details except the whale’s back and tail as they dive
- Sperm whales dive for 45mins (according to our pilot guide) and surface for air, then they go down again. So you’ll get to see them for a short time before they go down. It’s quite amazing that the whale watching boat tours even see anything.

I wouldn’t opt to do it again if I had a choice to be honest.

Date of experience: July 2021
Thank horatiup275
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Reviewed 17 July 2021

We saw 5 whales!! Our pilot Mike was excellent, very knowledgeable and with good sense of humor. Can't be happier with our trip!

Date of experience: July 2021
Thank VivienneL164
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Reviewed 14 July 2021 via mobile

Excellent professional service
Our pilot Emily was full of information throughout the experience spotting 2 whales and sharing her knowledge
Memorable experience, do it

Thank brentb757
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