Advantage Cruises

Come and enjoy Whale Watching aboard Advantage Cruiser (est. 1991 in St Lucia, KZN), and get as close as 50 meters from these gentle ocean giants, the humpback whales. St Lucia Tours and Charters acquired our legal Boat Based Whale Watching Permit (a much sought after permit) and have been operating ever since. We operate within the “Greater St Lucia Wetland Park” (renamed in Nov 2007 to the “iSimangaliso Wetland Park”) which is located on the southern-most tip of the Elephant Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Operator Details

St Lucia Tours

Physical Address:
1 McKenzie Street, Lucia Estuary

Permit Area:
St Lucia & Richardsbay

Date Formed:

Operator Contact

Tel (Office):
+27 35 590 1259

Tel (Mobile):
+27 83 487 2762

Website Address:

Email Address:
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Permit Details

Vessel Name:
Advantage Charter

Departure Area:
St Lucia Beach

Passenger Capacity:

Boat Type:

About US

Although we mostly prefer to launch in the early mornings, we DO some days have a WHOLE day of awesome weather and calm seas. This means we CAN continue doing the whale watching tours if the demand is there for trips and/or it is peak season. So please don’t think there are ONLY whale watching tours in the morning – the whales have nowhere to go. The whales are on this migratory route for 6 months, and if we do book you on a later trip, you WILL see whales. It is a St Lucian misconception that you only see whales IN the morning; they are here the WHOLE day. Obviously some trips are better than others, you sometimes have breaches and splashes, sometimes just pairs of whales swimming alongside the vessel…it is not a circus, we can’t make them jump . For your time at sea we PROMISE you a whale in season, a wonderful high energy boat ride and loads of educational information about the whales and dolphins from your qualified captain.

Advantage Cruiser was successful in acquiring the Boat Based Whale and Dolphin Watching permit for the St Lucia section of the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park in 1998. Our experience since then has left us with a few pointers we would like to impart with you.

  • It is a rough ride out to sea and you are guaranteed to get wet, please DRESS ACCORDINGLY.
  • Please no YOUNG KIDS or people with serious NECK or BACK INJURIES.
  • Please no PREGNANT ladies or FRAIL ELDERLY people.

We DO now also book for Richards Bay Whale and Dolphin Watching Tours. Richards Bay is a much smoother harbor launch, but this city is 82km’s from St Lucia Town. Here we CAN assist pregnant ladies, frail elderly people and toddlers due to not having to deal with the hectic surf launch.

Operator Reviews

Happy humpbacks!

5 5 1
“We took the two hour early morning whale tour and had a wonderful experience. Going out on a fast boat through the surf was exhilarating and took my breath away. The captain manoeuvred the waves like a total pro and I felt safe in his capable hands. The swell was big and the boat rocking but that made it fun and going up on the higher deck to search for whales on the horizon was brilliant. We were not disappointed by the giants of the sea who came and swam next to our boat, flapped their powerful tails and jumped in the air for us, filling me and the other punters with glee. I managed to get a couple of great pictures then found myself putting my camera away to just enjoy the experience fully. The Dutch captain was an interesting guy with an absolute passion for the sea and the whales and I enjoyed learning more from him and thank him for getting a great picture of me and a whale tail which I will look at and smile at for many years to come :-)”

Whale watching tour not to be missed

4 5 1
As a visiting group of 4 friends from the UK,we booked this excursion on the recommendation of our very helpful host June at the lovely Zulani Guest House and whilst we soon became aware there are several competing tour companies offering similar at varying prices,on attending the Whale Watching Booking Office in St Lucia we were fully informed of the details of Advantage Tours Whale Watching as well as more excursion options by the very friendly Chantel and we were not to be disappointed in any way at 8am next morning 26th Sept as we set off on what was to be a most memorable 2 1/2 hour trip skippered by The Dutchman who gave us a safety briefing once seated and kept us fully informed of all sightings as well as many amusing stories along the way.We sighted and sailed alongside several "pods" of humpback whales offering great photo opportunities and even saw a large yellow leatherback sea turtle and shark fins at a comfortable distance! The journey to and from the shore was bumpy but nevertheless exhilarating and always skillfully and reassuringly managed at all times by the 2 man crew.A highpoint of our 2 weeks holiday in SA.”

Amazing experience

5 5 1
“This was an amazing experience for us. We launched from Richards bay so we first had an hour drive. The group was small, so was the boat. The launch was spectacular. We almost immediately saw humpback whales. A mother and calf. The calf was really playing around and she (or he) jumped up right in front of our boat. This was really something you can not describe in words. We also saw dolphins and a couple of other humpbacks. The skipper gave good info. Wish it could have lasted longer.”
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