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RICHARDS BAY - Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Trip- Kwazulu Natal South Africa

St. Lucia

Activity Description

!?!?!?!? – PHONE us, or come see us at our offices – 24 hours before the booking, as we do sometimes change our departure times with one hour, if you don’t contact us, you won’t know about it – please – * WE NEED 5(five ) HOURS OF YOUR TIME IF YOU DO SLEEP in St Lucia Town the night before – IF you sleep IN Richardsbay, we will need 3 hours of your time – PLEASE ** Our popular whale and dolphin watching boat trip is now available in Richard’s bay, under legal permit W04, and our very own Advantage Cruiser 11. Richard’s Bay whale or dolphin trips give you 2 hours ON the OPEN ocean – if you have not seen a whale after 2 hours on our ocean trip we will refund you 40% straight after the cruise. From the end of May till the beginning of December the Humpback Whales migrate past the Kwazulu Natal Coastline , and our legal permit allows us to go as close as 50m’s from these gentle giants of the ocean. Bonus sightings of shark, flying fish, turtles and various species of dolphin is a possibility.
!!!!!!!! CHILDREN UNDER the age of 12yrs will pay R700-00 per child – no toddlers UNDER 5 ( five ) years unless we have not had a chance to look at the weather/ocean conditions – we depart from a safe jetty in the Tuzi Gazi small craft harbor of the Port of Richardsbay -it will take 15-20minute to get permission from Port Control to leave the harbor and go into the open ocean – please keep this in mind – we will be on the open ocean for 2hours – or closest to 2hours – IF the weather turns bad, we will cancel the cruise, and you will get a full refund – see our professionally made VIDEO to get a view of what you can expect – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKm-at2So2s

Arrangements

Duration3 hours
WhenBeginning of June to beginning of December is whale watching season
WhereTUZI GAZI WATERFRONT , 1 Pioneer Road
WeatherThis service is weather dependent. If the seas are rough, the trip will be postponed or client will receive full refund. *** WE NEED 3 HOURS OF YOUR TIME PLEASE IF you are IN Richardsbay - IF you are with us, with our bus from St Lucia Town, we need 5 hours of your time -
What to Wearcomfortable though warm clothing - bring an extra set of dry clothes - make sure your backpack is not too large - FLAT rubber shoes - a RAIN jacket , a small face towels, some tissues and sea sick tablet -
Things to BringAn extra warm jacket , although we issue life jackets always dress in warm comfortable quick drying clothes , bring along a Drimac rain jacket , towel , bottle of water , packet of biscuits , seasick tablet if need be , rubber / plastic shoes
Guests or SpectatorsThere is a variety of restaurants to dine at and it is a warm and friendly town to be enjoyed. !?!?!?!? - PHONE us, or come see us at our offices - 24 hours before the booking, as we do sometimes change our departure times with one hour, if you don't contact us, you won't know about it - please

Requirements

Minimum Age5 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

Inclusions

Some snack and a drink to all our guests who travel WITH OUR TRANSPORT from ST LUCIA to RICHARDS BAY
Boat Cruise
Qualified SAMSA skipper and guide
Lifejackets
rain poncho

Exclusions

extra meals
RAIN jackets !
sea sick tablets – !

Notes

Most tours are weather permitting and can be cancelled at the last minute by the skipper if he/she decides there is a safety factor at risk. If the operator cancels the tour due to unpleasant/unsafe weather conditions, you will be given a full refund.

Most tours have a minimum number of passengers before it is viable to go out to sea, please ask about this in good time.

Advantage Cruiser CC and its skippers, staff and guides will not accept any responsibility for any deaths, injury, or illness sustained or suffered by any person, or theft, loss or damage to any person or property whatsoever occurring within or from the use of the charterers vessels, vehicles or part thereof.

A much more convenient departure especially for people with kids, and more elderly people, as it is a ‘smoother’ harbor departure, and not a high energy surf launch.

For those people who LIVE in or around Richardsbay and want to be at the departure point themselves, it is at the TUZI GAZI WATERFRONT – directly in front of PORKY’s RESTAURANT

For the guests that reside IN ST LUCIA TOWN and have to join our shuttle service bus taking you to Richardsbay, ( ST LUCIARICHARDSBAY 80km’s ) you have to meet at our WHALE OFFICE in St Lucia 1 FULL HOUR prior to the trip booked, as it is a ONE HOUR by-road shuttle to get to Richardsbay Harbor. Your shuttle service from ST LUCIA TOWN is INCLUDED in your ticket rate.

PLEASE ALWAYS REMEMBER, on an ocean excursion, you might get wet, you might get seasick, so PLEASE take precautions , dress comfortably but warm , and always bring an extra set of dry clothes and w towel, packet of biscuits, and bottle of water.

AND then the worst thing that can happen – is the weather turning bad from ONE MOMENT to THE NEXT, and our captain having to make the safety decision to cancel the tour – PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR MONEY is OUR INCOME, we D.O ( ! ) want to be on the ocean and earn that R$’s and satisfy your family’s experience, but we will NOT go out in dangerous seas, and although we know that you will be disappointed if we cancel, we are not in charge of nature, and please respect us to make the right decision.
If WE cancel the trip due to bad weather OR a last minute engine issue, which we need time for to fix, we will give you a full refund –

ANY electronic equipment you take on the ocean will be on your own risk.

If you are unsure of anything, PLEASE give us a call, or email us on advantage@zululink.co.za – PLEASE ALWAYS give us a follow-up email with the details which guesthouse/lodge you are staying at, and your mobile nr etc -

Customer Reviews

Loved it! Crew was friendly and knowledgeable and did not threaten the whales by getting to close. Will do this again! - Teresa Botes


The best trip one could ever have. All the staff is amazing, boat very comfortable, and we saw lots of whales. - Mieke Bulk


Awesome float, highly recommended. - John Arneson


Tour was Canceled ( weather conditions) Pay back was no problem at all. - Gerard Franken


Our trip was canceled due to bad weather conditions. Communication about the cancellation could have been better and faster. However, we did get a refund within reasonable time. - Marjolein de Jonge




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