Watch these gigantic mammals in action
Boat-based Whale Watching with Advantage Tours | Advantage Cruiser Passenger Ferry for an Estuary Cruise | The St Lucia Adventure Experience
This is something exceptionally special, and anyone that is wanting a memory to last a lifetime should pay us a visit. Our ocean-going boat, the ADVANTAGE CHARTER, is built eco-friendly with passenger safety and comfort in mind and engines complying with EPA standards. In the safe hands of the experienced and renowned skipper, Danie Bennett, you will be taken through the waves to see the gigantic HUMPBACK WHALE. THE WHALES migrate past this stretch of coastline between the months of mid-May to end of November, to calf and breed in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. You may be fortunate to witness a mother feeding a new born calf, or a male breaching, lifting a body mass of about 40 tons clear out of the ocean a mere 50 meters away from the boat !!!! or maybe just swimming alongside the vessel. SHARING TIME WITH THESE PLAYFUL GENTLE GIANTS OF THE OCEAN IS A SOUL –STIRRING EXPERIENCE, AN INVESTMENT YOU MAKE IN YOUR OWN LIFE, AND SOMETHING NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN. You may also see a variety of pelagic bird life, dolphins frolicking alongside the bow of the boat, sea turtles in season, shark, marlin and other interesting marine mammals. We need about 3 hours of your time, of which the actual tour duration is approximately 2 hours on the ocean, and then 30 minutes on either side to get you to and from the launch site. This in itself is an adventure, as you meet at a central booking office, from where you will be taken to the launch site with a 4 x 4 truck onto the beach. From the time that you meet at the office till 3 hours later when you return from your trip, cameramen will be taking video footage of yourself and your sightings, and a personalized DVD of yourself aboard the Advantage Charter can be bought at the WHALE SHOP about an hour after your return! Danie Bennett has a treasure house full of knowledge about the whales, and will give a full educational talk of, for instance: what part of the whale was used decades ago to make a ladies’ corset? etc, and then a hydrophone on board will allow you to on occasion listen to the whales singing which can bring a tear to your eyes. If you have been out at sea with Danie for the entire 2 hours and you have NOT seen any whale, you will get 50% of your money refunded the moment you return to the office. Please do make sure that you go with a legal operator like Danie, ask us for a list of all the legal permit holders in South Africa, as we do have illegal operators that will offer you a ”2-hour deep-sea trip” and try to take you whale watching under the pretext that it is a sightseeing trip. These operators might not be insured, make sure you are on a legal, permitted and fully insured vessel before you go out to sea.
Vital Information: Danie is the only LEGAL permit holder to take you boat-based whale watching in St Lucia. Please note, it is an offence to approach a whale within 300m without having a permit. From mid-Autumn until Spring our last Hippo Tour departs at 15h00 so we can return before dark!
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- Disabled Friendly: Yes
- Family Friendly: Yes
- Team Building Facilities: Yes