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Address: 1 McKenzie Street | Dolphin Centre, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 35 590 1259
08:00 - 13:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 13:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

From end May till December the mighty 40ton Humpback Whales migrate alongs...

From end May till December the mighty 40ton Humpback Whales migrate alongs the KwaZulu Natal coastline to breed and calf, this is where legal permit holder, Advantage charter operates their boat based whale watching operation since 1998! Our staff is highly trained as qualified marine skippers, they will handle the boat with care, being a surf launch there is always a safety issue, so please do not be upset if the captain is very strict. The Captain's word is law!! This trip is a direct high energy surf launch and we need 3 hours of your time to complete the tour - within season you are Guaranteed to see a Humpback Whale, if you do not see a whale you get 40% refund after the trip - In case of bad weather, rough sea, Sandbanks or tidal issues trips can be cancelled at the last minute - we will not cancel a trip just for no reason, so please respect our decision if we cancel a trip - your R$'s is our income, so obviously we prefer to do the tour and take you out and let you see those magnificent whales and other ocean mammals, but sometimes we do have to cancel trips - we will not tolerate people fiddling around with cameras and backpacks if we have to launch and give our safety briefing - and our captain will have to be strict - IF there is any concern about an equipment issue, my competent staff will deal with it there and then, fixing everything before we head out to sea - and if this results in a delay , please just bare with us - this is not an easy operation as we have a surf launch and no harbor, so we will sometimes encounter hassles on the each, but we have done this since 1998 so we know what we are doing - it is also a very expensive operation, so in the beginning of the season if we do find we have only limited clients we will make the decision to cancel the trip as it might not be financially viable - we appreciate you using our web page to have all your questions answered and do a direct online booking - We also have the legal iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority concessions for 2hour hippo/croc boat cruises and deep sea Game Fishing - find much more daily pics and description on FB under St Lucia Tours

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Hippo & Croc Cruise - Relax & Enjoy the View

The St Lucia Estuary is a world heritage site and shows off an abundance of wildlife on any given day. We found a great way to see it was from the river estuary itself with an... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 January 2017
Jonathan D
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

The St Lucia Estuary is a world heritage site and shows off an abundance of wildlife on any given day. We found a great way to see it was from the river estuary itself with an approximate 6km/2hr boat cruise - a great way to see out 2016. The boat captain/guide was knowledgeable about the area and wildlife and was... More 

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Holon, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

"Advantage" tour's boat was for some 10 peoples ,we embarked on boat ,then tractor push it on the water,and there was very bumpy start on ocean's waves.Then we sail some few kilometers engine was off ,and captain began look for whales,and waves rocked our boat. We spot few whales far enough,and waves did their work so two kids and their... More 

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Leipzig, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

You will be experience a lot of hippos on fairly close range. Great trip on a sunny day, best avoided on a cold/rainy day as lack of shelter. Bar onboard for drinks. 2 hours boat trip which is enough to experience the river and animals.

Thank Philiph S
Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Recommended by the hotel as the best way to see the wild life on Lake St Lucia, this was a bit special. They were past masters at finding the hippos, plus crocodiles and dozens of different kinds of bird life. We've been game viewing many times in the past 20 years but never have we seen hippos so close or... More 

Thank John F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We have seen whales and dolphins. It was very nice. We went in the morning. After 1 hour we saw a lot of whales, also little ones.

Thank Dieuwertje O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have always wanted to go whale watching and when we were in st lucia in september we decided to go with advantage safaris.the Ladys at reception were so helpful and friendly.we then decided to go on the hippo and croc cruise that afternoon aswell as the whale watching the next day.one word "AMAZING" the guides are... More 

Thank Jacquelene P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We were on the same trip as Mr. Don from birmingham! Well it was an awesome experience I am terrified of the ocean and the captain made me feel so safe, I even walked around on the boat apon asking all the guests to rotate to be on the upper deck (where you could see whales) he said no.. well... More 

Thank Zander007
rixx, Manager at St Lucia Tours & Charters, responded to this review

Dear Zander, thanks very much for your kind review, it is greatly appreciated . It is always important for us to know what our clients think not only of what they SAW on their trip/cruise/safari, but also how our staff handled our guests. Hope to see you back in St Lucia soon - More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Not a good trip - Especially in October! We had a horrendous 'Whale wishing' trip! The weather was changeable but they said the tour was going ahead so obviously we trusted their judgment ...... DONT! The weather was awful and I would say that 40per cent of people on the boat were being sick - we felt very unsafe. We... More 

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rixx, Manager at St Lucia Tours & Charters, responded to this review

Dear Don, sad to hear that you found the trip horrible, from the 30 other people that were onboard the vessel the rest of the people were very happy about the cruise - and yes, although there WAS Humpback whales spotted, it was not VERY god sightings and we did proceed to give you 40% of your money back as... More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I am aways grateful when an online prebooking/payment service is avaliable - one less thing to worry about when I am on holiday. Tour was reasonably priced, the skipper/tourguide was professional and interesting and the boat was clean and in good condition. Will go again!

Thank Carla G
Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The "ballet dance" performed by a group of five to six humpback whales for about 45 minutes whas stunning and breath taking. The best whale watching we ever encountered from this perspective. The boat was bit big for out taste, and the service was good but nothing special. The mini bus trip from St Lucia was ok, yet we were... More 

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