"Thar she blows!-Whale watching at Kaikora" Kaikoura Tip by mad4travel

Kaikoura, New Zealand: 19 reviews and 39 photos

  Thar she blows!
by mad4travel

Kaikora is a funky little fishing town whose main claim to fame is whale watching.

You can book Whale watching or Dolphin watching from just about anywhere in the town. There a loads of trendy cafes and interesting shops to keep you occupied too.

The trip takes about an hour to get out to where the whales are and there are several boats in the area relaying sightings to each other. You are not guaranteed to see whales but you do have a fairly good chance and you do get discount on another trip if they don't show.

The whales are sperm whales. They can dive for up to 45 mins to feed in the plankton rich waters. When they surface they send up a huge spout of water and rest for a few minutes before diving again. Once you have seen one and it has dived you race off at madcap speed to another location - warning it can be a bit rough, take your seasickness pills!

We were not dissapointed. I have a whole roll of film with bits of whale on and managed to get a couple of shots of the tail but notihng worthy of National Geographic!

We also had the bonus of seeing some dolphins and seals on the way back.

It was a fab experience and I would do it again in a shot!

Website: http://www.whalewatch.co.nz/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 21, 2005
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