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2 hour Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise

St. Lucia

Activity Description

2 hour boat cruises on Lake St Lucia aboard the luxury new double deck Advantage Cruiser passenger ferry – THE most sought after – this boat has AMPLE walking space for the avid photographer – is wheelchair, baby and child friendy, has comfortable upholstered seats.

Advantage Cruiser CC operates their boat-based-whale-dolphin-watching permit in the St Lucia section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, together with their legal Hippo/Croc Boat Cruise Concession – these concessions are granted by local government , Dept of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Oceans and Coast and iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority – a huge percentage of the ticket price goes to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority per month in order for them to use it to uplift the community and for environmental reasons and training of new guides – going on one of these vessels you are assured of good quality high standard tours – as to be a legal permit holder the concession holders goes through very stringent codes of conduct and regulations – ADVANTAGE Cruiser CC has been in operation since 1998 – these amount of years also indicate for how long this CC has passionately operated these tours – whale watching from end May till end Nov annually is a highlight for anyone visiting St Lucia – and the Hippo/Croc Boat Cruise is THE most done activity in St Lucia – this is the closest you will get to the animals/mammals being on a safe permitted vessel

Arrangements

Duration2 hours
WhenAll year round excluding Christmas Day
WhereSt Lucia - Sunset Jetty - inside St Lucia Town - at the bottom end of McKenzie street - PLEASE MAKE SURE to be here in ample time PRIOR to the boat departure - the boat will depart strictly ON the hour - no refunds for late arrivals or no shows - if you are unsure of where the jetty is , please phone us WELL IN ADVANCE, not at the last minute -
WeatherThis service is weather dependant however it does operate during rainy days due to the undercover facility however it will only accommodate passengers in the lower level on rainy days. If there is gale force winds, this trip will be cancelled.
What to WearComfortable warm clothing
Things to BringWarm jacket Some cash for tuck shop/cash bar Camera Binoculars ( optional )
Guests or SpectatorsThere are several activities to participate in the town of St Lucia. Places to visit like Cape Vidal and Isimangaliso Wetland Park and Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. There is a variety of restaurants to dine at and it is a warm and friendly town to be enjoyed.

Requirements

Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsBoat Cruise, Qualified guide and skipper and lifejackets
ExclusionsMeals, drinks; however there is a snack and beverage bar on board where refreshments can be purchased.

Notes

ALSO BOOK OUR SUPER SUNDAY SPECIAL FOR 10H00 AND 12H00 TIMESLOTS @ R150/PERSON
(SEE SEPARATE SERVICE)

Please note that for the 08h00am hippo and boat trip, a minimum of 10 people is required in order for this trip to take place. The boat will not run an 08h00am trip without 10 people minimum. If you are less than 10, you will be booked for the next time slot.

Advantage Cruiser CC operates their boat-based-whale-dolphin-watching permit in the St Lucia section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, together with their legal Hippo/Croc Boat Cruise Concession – these concessions are granted by local government , Dept of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Oceans and Coast and iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority – a huge percentage of the ticket price goes to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority per month in order for them to use it to uplift the community and for environmental reasons and training of new guides – going on one of these vessels you are assured of good quality high standard tours – as to be a legal permit holder the concession holders goes through very stringent codes of conduct and regulations – ADVANTAGE Cruiser CC has been in operation since 1998 – these amount of years also indicate for how long this CC has passionately operated these tours – whale watching from end May till end Nov annually is a highlight for anyone visiting St Lucia – and the Hippo/Croc Boat Cruise is THE most done activity in St Lucia – this is the closest you will get to the animals/mammals being on a safe permitted vessel

Customer Reviews

Was a great tour with lots of sightings. Staff were really awesome in helping us get help with our vehicle which had problems...taking us to the garage and seeing to it that we had help. Great people. - Maureen Lilliecrona


Process smooth and effective. Crew friendly and approachable. Captin highly knwoledgeable and made the discussion about the trip and the enviroment very interesting. Would highly recommend. - Lyle Bond


I actually booked two - 2 hour Hippo Cruises with Advantage for the same day - the first departing at noon, the second at 1600 hrs. Both experiences were absolutely amazing in every respect. The fact that the boats have an upper viewing deck made the experience that much better (not all boats on the Estuary have this). The Boat Skipper on both occasions gave a commentary, providing information on the Hippos, the Crocodiles and the many Birds that we saw. Lots of Hippos on both cruises as well as several African Fish Eagles that obliged with some excellent 'posing' for photographs. A truly memorable day in every way. I also booked the Whale Watching experience with Advantage and that was a totally awesome experience. The Boat launched from the beach - an experience in itself - and we enjoyed many whale sightings, again, with the whales performing and showing off very close to the boat. My 150-600 lens was actually too big for some of the shots! In addition, I took a full day 'private tour' of the Game Reserve with Advantage - just myself and the driver who was an ex-Ranger and extremely knowledgeable. A very memorable day. The service provided by Advantage overall was excellent, efficient and professional - I plan to return to Saint Lucia next year and I would not consider booking excursions with anyone else. - Tom Latus


Very good and satisfying overall! - Corrado Minetti


Great value trip where we got to see plenty of hippos in and out of the water, wallowing in mud and feeding. A couple of crocs only as not a very sunny morning. Good birdlife too, in particular, seeing a giant kingfisher catch and eat a fish. Informative trip. - Claire Smith




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