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KZN Tours - KZN Tour Guides - KZN Excursions -St Lucia Tours - St Lucia Boat Trips - St Lucia Estuary excursions, for tours of St Lucia estuary and Whale watching in Kwa Zulu Natal on the Zululand coast

ADVANTAGE TOURS

Danie, Riëtte or Joeye

McKenzie street
St Lucia
South Africa 3936

 

www.advantagetours.co.za

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advantage@zululink.co.za

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Tel: +27(0)35 590 1259
Fax: +27(0)35 590 1053
Cell : +27(0)83 487 2762

The ADVANTAGE CRUISER, custom built to venture in shallow water and environmentally friendly engines for a minimum impact on the ecology complying with EPA standards, departs from an easily accessible jetty in the heart of ST LUCIA. The boat consist of a lower covered deck, with an added sun deck upstairs for the person seeking a suntan whilst onboard.

 

The boat itself has ample walking space for the avid photographer, with intermittent stops en route next to all the highlights you will be given the opportunity to take photographs for memories to last a lifetime.

 

ADVANTAGE CRUISER has emergency toilet facilities, a cash bar as well as tea/coffee facility, a sophisticated Public Address system and comfortable upholstered seats and is wheelchair friendly. 

 

Our concession allows us to operate within a pristine part of the Wetland Park.

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The boat complies with all the Park Authorities’ regulations and Department of Transport and SAMSA Permits .

Catering can be done by prior arrangement - more and more tour groups are making use of this facility to eat onboard whilst touring ,as this allows for more time to get to the next stop on your itinerary.

 

Depending on where ''he'' is roaming around for the day , you might be fortunate enough to have a sighting of Vincent , our male hippo without the left ear ...ask your captain to tell you a little more about Vincent ...

 

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Danie's tractor Moby's Dick launching his boats Advantage Charter 1 & 11 on the beach in St Lucia.

 

Transported down to the beach with a Unimog or Blazer to go whale watching with renowned skipper/guide Danie Bennett aboard the Advantage Charter St Lucia - the only LEGAL boat based whale watching permit holder

Advantage tours - St Lucia - whale watching on Zululand coast KZN

Launching through the surf at St Lucia to go whale watching with skipper/guide Danie Bennett

 

ADVANTAGE CRUISER operates 7 days a week, the journey lasts for 2 hours, and if need be, departure times can be negotiated to suit demand .

Advantage tours - St Lucia - whale watching on Zululand coast KZN

 

Our concession allows us to operate within a pristine part of the Wetland Park, and the boat complies with all the Park Authorities’ regulations and Department of Transport and SAMSA (South African Marine Safety Authority) Permits

WHALE WATCHING

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This is something exceptionally special, and anyone that is wanting a memory to last beyond a lifetime should pay us a visit .
Our ocean going boat, the ADVANTAGE CHARTER, a 9m+ hard hulled vessel , is built eco-friendly with passenger safety and comfort in mind powered by  2 x 250HP Suzuki engines complying with EPA standards .

 

In the safe hands of experienced and renowned skipper  and specialized Marine Mammal Guide Danie Bennett, you will be taken through the waves to see the gigantic HUMPBACK WHALE.

Advantage tours - St Lucia - whale watching on Zululand coast KZN

We need about 3 hours of your time, of which the actual tour duration is approximately 2 hours on the ocean, and then 30 minutes  on either side to get you to-and from the launch site.
This in itself is an adventure, as you meet at a central booking office, from where you will be taken to the launch site with a 4 x 4 truck onto the beach.

THE WHALES migrate pass this stretch of coastline between the months of mid May to mid December annually , to calf and breed in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, moving as far as Mozambique and Madagaskar before making the journey back to the Antarctic.
You may be fortunate to witness a 40ton acrobatic HUMPBACK WHALE breaching a mere 50 meters away from the boat !!!! or maybe just swimming alongside the vessel .

 
Advantage tours - St Lucia - whale watching on Zululand coast KZN

SHARING TIME WITH THESE PLAYFUL GENTLE GIANTS OF THE OCEAN IS A SOUL –STIRRING EXPERIENCE, AN  INVESTMENT YOU MAKE IN YOUR OWN LIFE, AND SOMETHING NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN.

You may also see a variety of pelagic bird life, dolphin frolicking alongside the bow of the boat, sea turtles in season, shark, marlin,whale shark and other interesting marine mammals and cetacea .

Advantage tours - St Lucia - whale watching on Zululand coast KZN
 

 It is advisable to bring ::an extra warm jacket, although we issue lifejackets and raincoats always dress in warm comfortable quick drying clothes, bring along a towel, bottle of water, packet of biscuits , seasick tablet if need be , rubber / plastic shoes that you won't mind walking into the sea with.

From the time that you meet at the office till 3 hours later when you return from your trip , cameramen will be taking video footage of yourself and your sightings and a personalized DVD of yourself aboard the Advantage Charter can be bought at the WHALE SHOP about an hour after your return

 

ADVANTAGE has a legal filming permit from Marine and Coastal Management allowing then to film and photograph whales . It's worth investing in this personalized DVD, as we cannot always guarantee that your own camera equipment is not going to be water damaged when we have seaspray on the boat . If you do however bring your own camera ,wrap it in an extra plastic bag .

Danie , Bien and Berno has a treasure - house full of knowledge about the Whales, and will give a full educational talk of- for instance : what part of the whale was used decades ago to make a ladies’ corset ? etc, and then a hydrophone on board will allow you to on occasion listen to the whales singing which can bring a tear to your eyes.

 

If you have been out at sea with Danie for the entire 2 hours and you have NOT seen any whale , you will get 40% of your money refunded the moment you return to the office.

 

Please do make sure that you go with a legal operator like ADVANTAGE, South Africa only DOES have 9 legal Boat Based Whale Watching permit holders, of which Advantage is currently still the only in KwaZulu Natal, it is the clients obligation to ensure their operator has the legal permit from Marine and Coastal Management . Don't hesitate to ask your operator for his permit.

ST LUCIA ESTUARY - HIPPOS AND CROCS ...... BIRDLIFE GALORE!

Advantage tours - St Lucia Estuary - crocodiles and hippos

En route the 2 hour cruise we will show you some of the largest vegetated dunes in the world, a variety of prolific bird life can be viewed, oyster banks which was once part of the ocean are passed at the islands at Honeymoon Bend.

At this point crocodiles basking in the sun is one of the main attractions.  Then for the main highlight we turn and venture north towards "The Narrows" for the Hippo’s!  Riëtte Bennett, co-owner of ADVANTAGE CRUISER, is also on occasion your lady "captain" or her relief skippers, these qualified Theta guides will enthusiastically give you a full educational talk on the Mangrove swamps, the Hippo’s, Crocs, the eco systems, the Wetland Park and what she has to offer.

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TOURS AND TARIFFS

 

Description

Cost

 

(departure times to be confirmed with the office,but mostly early morning)

WHALE  and DOLPHIN WATCHING

2 hours aboard the ADVANTAGE CHARTER with renowned skipper and specialized Marine Mammal Guide ,Danie Bennett to see whales from as close as 50m! Danie is the only LEGAL permit holder to take you boat based whale watching in St Lucia. The most fun you will have with your clothes on!

(** a certain percentage of your rate will be refunded in cash straight after the trip if you haven't seen a whale after 2 hours on the ocean **)

R660-00(**)
 (** a certain percentage refunded if you have NOT seen any whale after 2 hours on the ocean**)

Departure to confirm at the office

Marine Mammal Experience
An approximate 2 hour trip aboard the ADVANTAGE Charter with qualified marine Mammal guide and skipper DANIE  , Bien or Berno,  to experience the thrill of surf launching with the possibility of seeing turtles, sharks, dolphins, pelagic sea birds, flying fish. Depending on wind conditions we will visit the Jolly Rubino shipwreck. An educational  talk on the 2nd highest vegetated dunes in the World.

R350.00 pp

+/-6h00

Deep-sea Fishing - Advantage Charter
(32ft Yeld cat)(2x250HP Suzuki engins)
(A full day of game, bill and bottom fishing with experienced skipper Danie - all bait and tackle supplied - just bring own food & drinks) WHAT YOU CATCH IS YOURS TO KEEP !!!!

R550.00 p/p

 

+/-05h00

Umfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserve
(A full day of game viewing the Big 5 in two of the oldest Game Reserves in Africa - price includes a full lunch , tea/coffee/juice & rusks at breakfast time, soft drinks throughout the day , entrance fees ,and a qualified guide )

R685.00 p/p

08H00

Cape Vidal Snorkel Safari
(A full day of snorkeling at one of  the most beautiful beaches on the North Coast - view stops en route - walking trails etc. Prices includes tea/coffee & rusks at breakfast time , soft drinks throughout the day , a full lunch , snorkels equipment , a qualified guide , gate entrance fees .)

R425.00 p/p

+/-9h00

**departure times can change according to demand/tide/season or weather -please check with the office**

Hippo & Croc Tour - Advantage Cruiser
(2 Hours to explore the St Lucia Estuary with skipper Riëtte, Dave or Berno for hippos, crocs, fish-eagle, heron, mangroves, kingfishers, mud skippers etc.A fulfilling educational relaxing trip) Bar & toilet facilities on board

R140.00 p/p Children under 10years half price/under 2years no charge

+/-12h00

Hippo & Croc Tour - Advantage Cruiser
(2 Hours to explore the St Lucia Estuary with qualified skipper Riëtte/Berno or Dave for hippos, crocs, fish eagle, heron, mangroves, kingfishers, mud skippers etc. Bar & toilet facilities on board

R140.00 p/p Children under 10 years half price /under 2years no charge

+/-15h00

Hippo & Croc Tour - Advantage Cruiser (Winter)(mid Apr-mid Sept)
(2 Hours to explore the St Lucia Estuary with skipper Riëtte, Dave or Berno  for hippos, crocs, fish eagle, heron, mangroves, kingfishers, mud skippers etc. Relax and hear about the Wetland Park and what she has to offer .

R140.00 p/p

+/-16h00

Hippo & Croc Tour - Advantage Cruiser (Summer)(mid Sept-mid Apr)
(2 Hours to explore the St Lucia Estuary with skipper Riëtte , Berno or Dave  for hippos, crocs, fish eagle, heron, mangroves, kingfishers, mud skippers etc.The boat has bar and toilet facility

R140.00 p/p

20H00

Night Drive
+ 3 Hours(within the Eastern Shores to view nocturnal animals with a qualified guide)

R285-00p/p

Midnight

Turtle Tours(seasonal)
(Nov - March) - Enquire at office

R660.00 p/p for 2007  (rates will increase according to consession)

Saturday
15H00

Crocodile feeding
At the Croc Centre

R30.00 p/p

Wed
18H30

Crocodile feeding
At the Croc Centre (Summers only - the crocs don't feed well at night in Winter

R30.00 p/p

Every day

Khula Cultural Tour

R180.00 p/p

Every day

(weather and tide permitting)

Horse Riding   - 

Enjoy the beach on horseback accompanied by a qualified guide and rider or into the Eastern Shores of St Lucia.                                 

 

R170p/p(1 hour on the beach)

R280p/p(2 hours on the beach)

R170p/p(1 hour Game Ride)

R340-p/p(2 hours Game Ride)

Every day

Birdwatching Walking trail

(+/-3 hours)

from R120-00.00p/p

A minimum number of passengers necessary before a tour will commence.

MAP

Map of St Lucia Wetland Park
 

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