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“Great 4WD tour and Cruise”

Hong Kong, China
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Great 4WD tour and Cruise”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

We just came back from our Easter visit to Monkey Mia, and took the 4WD tour and cruise from Wildsights.

We went on the 4WD tour with Harvey as our guide. Harvey was a fount of knowledge about the Park and kept us entertained and informed about everything. He also paid special attention to our two kids, 10 and 5 year olds, and made sure to include them when showing us the plants/foot prints/features of the park.. Lunch was fantastic as we were at this platform above the sea, and could enjoy the sight of lots of creatures in the sea as we ate our lunch. There was even coffee/tea, and biscuits after lunch. The park is a natural wonder, with lots of wild life and is absolutely beautiful. Going on Easter Friday meant that there was actually quite a lot of people there, but the park was so big, we didn't see many people at all. We did get an additional adventure when our 4WD truck was stuck in the sand on the beach, which Harvey says is the first time ever, until the park rangers pulled us out. The 4WD tour is highly recommended, and is suitable even for kids. However, it's pretty long so just make sure everyone has a good rest the previous night.

We went on the cruise with two of Harvey's very experienced staff. It was a slightly cloudy day, and the water was not very clear, but we still saw dugongs, nurse shark, green turtles, loggerhead turtles, cormorants, and of course, dolphins... The Shotover is a beautiful boat and extremely stable. It was easy to walk/climb all over the boat to which ever side had the sea creature.. A very enjoyable cruise for all.

Visited April 2014
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Perth, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“Definitely a must do: 4WD Tour and Catamaran Cruise”
Reviewed 25 April 2014

We booked the 4WD Tour and the Catamaran Cruise at the same time as this meant we received a discount and the free sunset cruise.
Harvey our guide for the 4WD Tour was highly entertaining and very knowledgeable on the Francois Peron National Park. Harvey definitely made our day! The views are spectacular and I hope to return in Summer to see the red sand and blue seas in full sunshine. We saw dolphins, turtles, Eagle rays, Kangaroos and an Echidna on our way home. I didn't realise how big the National Park was until we were driving through it and I am very glad we booked the 4WD Tour and didn't attempt to drive on the tracks ourselves!
The cruises were great and although we didn't see as many animals as we would have done in the height of Summer we still saw a lone Dugong and plenty of Dolphins, turtles and Rays. On the sunset cruise we saw a Manta Ray breach out of the water, which was an amazing sight! The crew again were very knowledgeable and made the cruise a great experience.

Visited April 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
431 reviews
46 attraction reviews
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“Good tour and money back guarantee”
Reviewed 24 October 2013

We did the midday wildlife catamaran tour with two very friendly and knowledgeable guides. Unfortunately the wildlife was scarce. We got a couple of glimpses of a two dugongs and a few dolphins, but that was it during three hours. When the tour ended the guides told passengers that if they'd like to do the tour again in the hope of seeing more wildlife, they could do so free of charge. What they did not mention was that there is a money-back guarantee for anyone not satisfied with the cruise, prominently stated in the cruise brochure. It is not the cruise company's fault that there was not much wildlife, but it is reasonable that they offer money back since the cost of the cruise was $178 for the two of us, and due to our travel schedule could not do the cruise again the next day. We asked for and was promptly and pleasantly refunded our money. We thought it strange that we saw no other customers requesting a refund. We saw a couple from the cruise who were staying at our motel and asked if they were requesting a refund. They must not have read the brochure because they were unaware a refund was possible. After we spoke they requested and received their money back. We would have much preferred to see wildlife than get our money back, but such was life. Full marks to the cruise company for offering the refund.

Visited September 2013
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Antananarivo, Madagascar
Level 6 Contributor
639 reviews
251 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic tour”
Reviewed 14 July 2013

This was a great tour of Francois Peron. There were just 6 of us in the 4WD so very confortable. Skye, our guide, is very knowledgeable about and interested in the ecology and taught us a lot about the plant life and its uses. She deftly drove the slippery sand and we wandered a beach, took a coastal cliff walk, lunched overlooking the bay. Skye's eye is well trained. She spotted dugongs, turtles and dolphins for us. High powered binos were provided for each of us, as well as polarized sun glasses to better see what was swimming. We toured the homestead before leaving. I highly recommend this tour as the deflating and inflating of tires is not so easily done on one's own and the skill of an interesting guide makes for a much more enjoyable trip.

Visited July 2013
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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
193 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Shotover Cruises”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

A very good three hour cruise around shark bay on a catamaran. We spotted a good selection of marine life, reef sharks, loggerhead and green turtles, dolphins but unfortunately no dugongs as when the water drops a few degrees in temperature they migrate to warmer climes.

Visited June 2013
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