Eye to Eye Marine Encounters

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Eye to Eye Marine Encounters

Eye to Eye Marine Encounters
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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LumiePerez
Dublin, OH108 contributions
May 2016 • Business
A great way for having an adventure, visit the GBR and learn about conservation. John Rumney and the rest of the team were very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable.

Few things: Most of my interactions with "Eye to eye" were associated to a study abroad program, so we spent more than 3 hours with them (and on several days). However, after the academic activities some of us enjoyed diving and other excursions as well. Very professional people.
Written 29 March 2017
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IndependentIan
Reno, NV12 contributions
Jan. 2016 • Couples
This is the most... picturesque, beautiful and astounding Great Barrier Reef experiences I could imagine. Our trip was a lifelong highlight.
Written 10 January 2016
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mak_jeng_12
Mudgeeraba, Australia209 contributions
Jul. 2015 • Friends
We signed on a the dwarf Minke whale expedition and it was was a seriously good 5 days. Plenty of whales, great mix of guests, researchers and staff, good food, adequate cabin with ensuite. Overall top marks to John Rumney and his team.
The balance between research and guest requirements was finely balanced. The whales were the focus and snorkeling and diving came next. Researcher presentations were interesting and informative ... what a dedicated group!
Places are limited with only 6 licensed operators and a short season so book early.
Written 22 July 2015
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Miriam H
Sutton Australia48 contributions
Jul. 2015 • Solo
This is not a cheap trip but worth every cent. The experience of being in the water with the whales is indescribable. The whales come to you and are extremely inquisitive. They will come to within a couple of meters or less and swim past looking you straight in the eye. If you are planning a trip to the Great Barrier Reef you should plan it around this. You can be assured of the most amazing experience in you life. To top it off the food on-board is fabulous and there was always some hot soup ready to warm you up after a few hours in the water with the whales. The crew were knowledgeable and always ready to help or answer questions. One of the great aspects of the crew was their respect for the environment and the whales. They are intent on keeping this encounter a positive experience for all concerned - especially the whales.
Written 16 July 2015
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Jan O
1 contribution
Jun. 2015 • Friends
We went diving with Minke Whales off the Coast of North Qld for 4 nights/5 days and was a fabulous once in a lifetime experience. You don't have to be a scuba diver as you snorkel with the whales only and they come up to you as you are holding onto a line out the back of the boat. They swim up to check you out and cannot describe how you feel looking into their eye as they swim past and never felt intimated at any stage. Just amazing and the owners and crew of Eye to Eye Encounters are absolutely marvellous, so friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. A MUST DO ATTRACTION!!!
Written 8 July 2015
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packedandready2go
California783 contributions
Jul. 2015 • Friends
I just completed a 6 day cruise in the Great Barrier Reef with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters. We had several opportunities to snorkel with mninke whales. Some of the encounters lasted for hours. The minkes occassionally came very close -within 2 meters. Little is know about the minke whales which is why it was fantastic to have the world's top minke whale experts onboard. Additionally a marine biologist tagged two minkes during our cruise, the first time minkes were tagged aboard a tourist ship. We then got to monitor the travels of the two tagged minkes. The encounters are very special because they appear driven by the minkes curiosity of human beings.

We also managed to get in 2 dives per day. The diving was better than expected. Cod Hole was of course fun with the huge potato cod coming right up to our faces. Lighthouse was another excellent dive site.

The crew from Eye to Eye were fantastic particularly John and Linda Rumney, the founders, and Dean a marine biologist dive guide. Those booking should be aware that the boat is not purpose built for scubadiving so the dive deck is very small and a bit inconvenient. The cabins are also small for two people but were fine for singles. These minor inconveniences are worth it as the experience is fantastic. Your participation in an Eye to Eye minke cruise also helps fund needed minke research. BTW, the food onboard was very good and very plentiful.
Written 3 July 2015
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Joan G
Portola Valley, CA8 contributions
Jul. 2014 • Friends
This trip far exceeded my expectations on every level and provided one of the best weeks of my life; six days way off shore on the Great Barrier Reef at some of the world heritage snorkeling sites like Pixie and Princess. John Rumney and his entire dive and boat team and the research team are smart, organized, passionate and provide a great environment for learning about and experiencing the Minke Whales up close. The research team provided updates on their activities every evening and the boat team ensured we could all participate. Beside the whales, the boat was well appointed, the meals healthy, balanced, excellent, the cappachino machine was always on. The dive staff was supportive and helpful, even to someone like me without too much snorkeling experience. Where else can you get help with your mask from an M.D. who is a divemaster or be guided out to new vistas by Captain Courtney? The fellow passengers were part of the experience, and had great experience. I was the only American on our trip and the Aussies made me feel so welcome. this truly is the trip of a lifetime.
Written 14 August 2014
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Boof-di-ay
13 contributions
Jul. 2013 • Friends
I've have done the Eye to Eye Minke Whale trips for the past three years and have absolutely loved every trip. Words can't describe how incredible it is to literally come eye to eye with a minke whale in the wild. There is nothing on earth quite like it! The trips were extremely well organised and run by the Rumney family. There were even chocolates on my pillow when I arrived! The food on board is exceptional, dive gear is modern and well maintained and the crew are incredibly friendly, experienced, approachable and are the absolute experts in their field. I am a nervous beginnner diver and not very intrepid and I felt very at home on these trips. There is no pressure to dive or even get in the water if you don't feel like it. There is plenty of time to relax and chat with the other awesome characters on board. I can't recommend this experience more highly. The minke whale trip with Eye to Eye is an experience that will change your life and a decision you won't regret!
Written 6 January 2014
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Bruce P
Canmore, Canada14 contributions
Jul. 2013 • Solo
For the past 22 years I have been involved in whale research with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and have experienced many wonderful encounters with killer whales, humpbacks, sperm whales, fin whales, blue whales, gray whales, minke whales.

However nothing has equalled being in the water with dwarf minke whales on the Great Barrier Reef. I have done several trips with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters and each one has been memorable. That's why I keep returning! As well as the dwarf minke trips i have also done several Far Northern Trips and these have also been truly wonderful experiences.

This company is run very professionally while at the same time the Rumney family have been fantastic hosts, making guests feel like one of the family.

As my photos show there is also lots of fun to be had on these trips.

I can thoroughly recommend Eye to eye to anyone with an ounce of adventure in their soul.
Written 25 October 2013
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David H
Melbourne, Australia1 contribution
Jun. 2013 • Solo
I had looked forward to being able to go on this trip for years, and it still totally exceeded my expectations. The crew were amazing and personable, the diving, snorkelling and whale watching is the best in the world, food was great, fellow passengers fun, and the organisation flawless. I couldn't recommend this experience more enthusiastically - if you have the opportunity, just go!
Written 23 October 2013
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  • Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm