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St Lucia Tours & Charters

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1 McKenzie Street | Dolphin Centre, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
+27 35 590 1259
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Hippo Tour

I did a Hippo Tour on the Advantage Boat.The tour was excellent because the tour guide was very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Durban, South Africa
Close Encounters of the Hippo Kind

We had a wonderful sunset cruise on the estuary with Advantage Tours on 30 December 2017. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
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1 McKenzie Street | Dolphin Centre, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did a Hippo Tour on the Advantage Boat.The tour was excellent because the tour guide was very informative,refreshments on board was good,the boat was safe.

Thank shamamanbundoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful sunset cruise on the estuary with Advantage Tours on 30 December 2017. The skipper shared many interesting facts about the estuary and wildlife and made an effort to get us as close to the hippo as possible without disturbing them. We...More

Thank EandRtravels
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

N fault of the tour company, but was cool and windy and then halfway through trip it poured and due to lack of covers, got very uncomfortable.I am sure on a warm sunny day would be excellent. The cruise is two hours and you go...More

Thank David G
Reviewed 8 December 2017

This was a really excellent 2 hour tour along the river to see the Hippos, Crocs and birdlife. The captain/guide managed to sound spontaneous and interested in her commentary on what could have been one of many tours she lead on that day. She spoke...More

Thank AndrewgPandrew
Reviewed 21 October 2017

We booked a whale watching tour and were not disappointed at all! The tour started a bit slow (as they checked the engine before leaving) but once we headed up to the sea, the trip was great. We were lucky to spot a group of...More

1  Thank Nadine H
Reviewed 6 October 2017

My rating of this tour as "very good" refers only to the company rep's inability to clearly state the meeting place. Otherwise, I would have rated it 'excellent'. The company has two offices in St. Lucia. When booking, please make sure whether the tour meeting...More

2  Thank specas
Reviewed 5 October 2017

we enjoyed an educative two hour tour cruise on Lake Lucia on which we were able to see many pods of hippopotamus and a few crocodiles lying on the banks and swimming in the lake. There was also a pair of eagles sitting on a...More

1  Thank peripatus333
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We had a great time. We booked over the phone with only a days notice. Finding the location is fairly easy. Our guide was very professional and knowledgeable. He clearly enjoyed his job. He even went out of the way to look for a specific...More

1  Thank Mckenzie727
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

A wonderful two-hour cruise during which we saw crocodile, hippopotamus, and birds. The Advantage II boat had an open upper deck and covered lower deck from which the viewing was great. The boat has a bathroom and bar. The female Captain was wonderful. She got...More

1  Thank william s
Reviewed 1 September 2017

My husband and I recently went on a whale watching trip with Advantage, launching from Richard's Bay, and we had a great time. We saw lots of whales throughout the 2-3 hours of the trip, and found the commentary from the guide informative. It was...More

1  Thank Helen M
rixx, Owner at St Lucia Tours & Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Dear Helen, it was great having you and so grateful that you send us such a good review. if our customers are happy then we are happy - hope to see you back again -

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10 December 2017|
Response from william s | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there were children on our tour. I do not know their age, but some were small. Enjoy. It was great!