Like every other year I’ll try and keep in touch throughout the season about our sightings, but as always there are times that it is so hectic that I just don’t get the time.
This year we’ve made our web page much more user friendly, there is 3D picture gallery showing your client exactly what they can expect and what it is all about – so if your client is still hesitant in going , please let them browse the web page www.advantagetours.co.za
All the conditions of admission is also again on the web page and a clear description of what the client should bring along.
The rate for the 2009 season will be R770-00p.p – yes, it is costly, but it is an extreme costly operation, and like you all know Danie, he believes in operating with high standards, and to keep those high standards it obviously costs to maintain.....but like one of our visitors of last year said – R700-00 – wow – a lot of money, but he will gladly pay if a million times over for the same experience! The educational information given throughout the two hours on board will leave the client with much more knowledge about the whales.
Throughout the 2 hours on the water whilst ‘looking’ at the whales your clients will also be part of our research, if a whale breaches we go closer to the spot where they’ve breached to pick up slooth skin which we then send off to MCM to DNA purposes, and obviously do a lot of photo id’ing. We are also part of the South African Whale Disentanglement Unit but this won’t be done with clients on board, as it is a very risky business, and if there is ever a whale to be disentangled we will go out on a separate trip with only qualified trained staff members on board.
Comparing our rate to our Cape colleagues we are still much below, and in the area of St Lucia you have so much more to keep you busy after the whale trip –
As always please make sure that your client is on a legal boat based whale watching trip – all the legal operators in the country is mentioned on the SOUTH AFRICAN BOAT BASED WHALE WATCHING web page www.sabbwwa.org.za
You all know how I excitedly e-mail you throughout the season to say we have seen the most awesome sight on a specific day, and then my finger b.u.r.n.s. in the office to attach a photo, but not all of you want to receive photos on e-mail as it takes too long for your mail to download, so we’ve started an Advantage Tours St Lucia page on Facebook where we will be adding the best photos regularly.
Please make use of the special offer that we put out to you which is valid till the end of JUNE 2009 – if your client goes whale watching, they can have a free early morning or mid-day Hippo / Croc cruise ( not sunset cruise ). This offer only valid from the 1st of June until the 30th of June – the free trip can only be claimed after the client has already gone on a whale watching trip – not before -
Please keep in touch with the office re the times of departure.
Herewith wishing you all a great season and hoping for us all to have a whale of a time!