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Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Get up close and personal to the largest wingspan in the world - the...

Get up close and personal to the largest wingspan in the world - the wandering albatross. Boat tours to visit the majestic pelagic birds of the Kaikoura coastline.

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An up close encounter!

If you are a bird nerd like we are, you will absolutely love the Albatross Encounter tour. Species which are rare all around the world gathered within only a few meters from our... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are a bird nerd like we are, you will absolutely love the Albatross Encounter tour. Species which are rare all around the world gathered within only a few meters from our boat. WOW! If you are not a bird nerd, you'll be entertained by the wild show beneath your eyes and get to see wild marine bird interact... More 

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a side trip to rescue a Hutton's Shearwater running down SH1, we boarded Encounter 2 at South Bay, and sped out to the Kaioura underwater canyon, liberating the Hutton's on the way. Tracy, our skipper and guide put out a bag of chum, and the birds gathered round - petrels, giant and smaller, a variety of albatrosses, buller's shearwaters... More 

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Filey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We left from South Bay that is being extensively renovated with Gary our skipper and guide for the afternoon it was amazing the birds were fantastic the wandering Albatross was really unusual, we then went near some large rocks and there 6 baby fur seals learning to swim in a pool set into the rock then the final icing on... More 

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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Kaikoura offers a unique opportunity to get up close to pelagic birds after only a short boat trip from town. Our trip this morning (at 0600) included great views of 5 albatross species and a wide assortment of skuas, gulls, petrels and shearwaters. As a bonus we got mixed up with a big pod of dusky and common dolphins and... More 

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Gairloch, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Knowledgeable skipper Boat loaded on trailer before launch -perfect. Lovely trip very exciting and soon seeing Royal and Wandering, then Bullers, Salvins, White Capped and Black-browed. Then Giant Petrels, Westland, a white chinned and lots of Cape Petrels. Shags were seen plus white front terns Good views of dusky dolphins and NZ Fur Seals. What a super day too sun... More 

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Derby uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

We are bird enthusiasts so to see these huge birds so close was an experience we will. Never forget. But even if you just like a scenic boat trip it was great we saw hector Dolphins too and seals on the big rocks. Very well organised Gary was so nice and very knowledgable. .

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I'm fortunate to be able to describe myself as a pelagic 'veteran' across four continents. Kaikoura is world famous for its sheer number of albatrosses and species diversity so close to a major landmass. Encounter Kaikoura run two different tours, one to swim with dolphins (see my five star review on Trip Adviser) and this one to see albatrosses. The... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

I booked this tour because I was curious about the albatross and giant petrels, having never seen them in real life. I am not really a huge bird watcher and do not know a lot about them, and was worried it might just be me and some hardcore bird watchers on the trip! However, I really enjoyed myself and our... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We had joined Encounters on a Dolphin Trip and found out that the boat to see the Albatross the next day, that we was booked on, might not sail due to strong winds. Helpful Encounter staff found out for us that a boat was available to sail later in the day after dolphin watching. We took the opportunity. We had... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

A great trip and our boat captain was extremely knowledgeable regarding seabird species and sub species. Great photo opportunities and I got some great shots. Not a lot about conservation of seabirds, there was some which was informative but feel there should be more.

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