Last minute special offer on our Northern Lights and Whale watching trip out of Tromsø departing November 5th to November 9th. Nok 6900,-. Do not miss this opportunity to take a very close look at killer whales and humpback whales!
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
So much: seeing Dolphins, Basking sharks, Minky whale,
otter, seals. Making new friends and experiencing 5* dining
You will need good mobility as daily explorations can be over
rough terrain. Take good midgy repellent and creams.
All animal sightings where recorded and reported back to
a central database. Remote isles benefited from additional spend on their produce
Both my sister and I loved this holiday.... (more)Barbara Bishop
At one point we were surrounded by a large family of bottle nose dolphins playing (more)Liz Lester
I have the strong feeling that the accommodation and the tours were made with local people seriously engaged in the preservation of nature. It was a great holiday! (more)Luc Deneys
Mull is a wonderful island where you will not find a disappointing view. The wildlife trips organized as part of the holiday package were excellent. Each trip was conducted by very professional and knowledgeable experts covering all aspects of the local flora and fauna. (more)David Hayers
Best bit: Our drive from Harstad airport to Andenes. The scenery was stunning, the traffic negligible and we spotted a moose, a dolphin and a pair of white-tailed eagles. (more)Susan Churcher
Seeing the Northern Lights - we were lucky to see them as both the night before and after the skies had been too cloudy, it was a very surreal experience - they were so ethereal and beautiful. (more)Amandeep Manget
finally seeing a Leopard in the wild, it was not without its stress as there were too many jeeps trying to populate a very small space but eventually we were lucky and had wonderful views as an adult female came down to drink at a waterhole. (more)Chris Rose
the most memorable part was seeing what I went to see - leopards and whales! (more)Susan Fox
We had three boat trips to see the whales and dolphins. All 3 were great we saw animals every time and different ones each day. The crew were friendly and gave lots of information verbal and written. I was particularly moved by their obvious sensitivity towards the mammals. (more)Linda Hudson
The most memorable part was lots of jumping dolphins! I've taken 8 dolphin watching tours in 6 days and managed to see 6 species (Rough-toothed dolphin, Atlantic spotted dolphin, Short-finned pilot whales, Bottlenose dolphin, Common dolphin and Cuvier's beaked whale!!!)
Seeing so many whales, so close to us and they were not stressed in any way.
The extra bonus of seeing so many other species while looking for whales.
Follow the guide lines provided by the operator
Helped the local economy by using hotels, restaurants, local guides and boatmen.
I think the locals were very environmentally and conservation aware and we were benefiting from their system.
Fantastic trip on so many... (more)Barbara Haffner
Meeting the wonderful people, new friends! And above all finally living the dream of being slowly introduced to the incredible Grey Whales of San Ignacio Laguna, also I must add Seeing a Blue Whale in Loreto, something I never thought I would ever see! Everything about this holiday was wonderful,memorable and heartwarming...the only negative thing I could possibly write was having to say Goodbye at the end of it all!
Live every magical moment, don't spend too... (more)Sammie Haines
I'll always remember holding the loggerhead turtle when our scientist tagged him. But when we spotted sperm whales socialising, that was spectacular! (more)Cara Kuipers
The diversity of cetaceans is really high in the area. Imagine where else on earth can you encounter 8 cetacean species (blue whale, fin whale, sperm whale, humpback whale, Cuvier's beak whale, pilot whale, bottlenose dolphin, common dolphin) in 7 boat trips? (more)Patty Tse
The whole experience was wonderful. Sotiris, our skipper was fantastic , very professional, kind and fun. This holiday was wonderful...it could not have been better...we should have stayed longer. It really was a very unique experience, very special to me. (more)Joanne David
Excellent! Every aspect was amazing. My partner and I are both deeply grateful to everyone who works for the operator for making such a special and memorable experience. We will almost certainly be booking up again! (more)Alison Crawford
A fabulous holiday. Sotiri and Melita were delightful and knowledgeable hosts. Annie who did the reservations was efficient and friendly. The boat was well equipped, safe and comfortable and the fellow guests good company. (more)Susan Sargeant
Best bits: seeing five sperm whales "socialising" together and swimming in a perfect line, almost managing to synchronise their "blows", catching a great picture of the tail fin of the massive blue whale, seeing the huge side fins of the humpback just under the water giving them an eerie blue colour (more)Tim Hall
Whales, whales and more whales, plus lots of dolphins. (more)Janet Gaten
During our first week on Faial, being lucky enough to see our first blue whale within an hour of setting out in the catamaran.Then seeing over 50 whales (blue, fin, sei, sperm ) and over 100 dolphins (common, bottlenose, rissos ) over the three days. It was amazing. The Azores are an amazing holiday destination, we will be back. (more)David Turley
We especially loved the second day of our tour, when we climbed the Sigiriya rock fortress in the morning, had a traditional lunch in a village near Habarana
and interacted with the villagers in the afternoon, then saw elephants in Minneriya National Park in the evening. It was a perfect combination of everything that Sri Lanka has to offer. We also really enjoyed the campfire dinner at Big Game Camp in Udawalawe National Park.
Check with the tour company what... (more)Roxana Feier
The thrill of such a variety of remarkable landscapes. It was like being on another planet and truly wonderful.
Make sure you know exactly what is paid for. e.g. just because the trips are on the itinerary don't assume they are included. Also I was told of various ways I could get from the airport to the ship and I booked and paid for a return bus but at the last minute was told Pro-Ocean had arranged for pick-up at the airport. A little lack of organisation.... (more)Jeanette Morrison
The whole trip was outstanding from start to finish. The boat was great - large enough to give everyone space but small enough to be personal. The crew were exception and had the holiday, Brian the very experience skipper who had time to talk to everyone and was extremely knowledgeable, Steve nothing was too much trouble, Annie the cook who provided first class food made fresh everyday and Danny the naturalist who was knowledgeable and great fun. And finally the wildlife... (more)Sarah Taylor
Where to start? Could it be the close encounters with puffins? Or the white beaked dolphins playing with a humpback whale calf? The spotting of an Osprey nest on top of the telegraph pole? Moose spotting? Trying to find the lighthouse on Care Spear (fog!)Or the tour leader singing local balads whilst travelling to our next wildlife encounter? Or being 'screeched in' in St. John's memorial park? ...most memorable? ALL OF IT!
Remember NewfoundLAND is vast! Do... (more)Helena Hodges
I thought it was an amazing trip, we spent most of our days on the water so it was nice to return to our lovely resort after an incredible day of whale swimming, with my own beach room. I could even see whales passing by from my porch and I could hear them in the evening on one occasion. (more)Claire Bartlett
Most memorable would definitely be the first time that you slip in the water and your eyes take in the huge picture in front of you that is the humpback whales. Phenomenal, breathtaking, hard to describe to anyone who has not seen it. (more)Jenaya Bailey
Getting into the water for the first time with the whales. I really didn't think that we would be so close so to see a mother and calf just hanging in the water right in front of us was truly amazing. It was an honour to be allowed to enter their world and to get just a glimpse if them in the wild. (more)Deborah Marzohl
Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation? Yes, very much so
Very good overall, wonderful experiences with the highlights of the grey whales and whale sharks. I was pleased that as much as possible we were careful about the trips we were on in terms of environmental responsibility. I felt we were well supported by local people and I hope they feel our visit benefits them! (more)Fiona Buck
We did not do a 12 day highlights holiday. Instead we contacted the holiday provider direct and with them planned a 19 day trip. See below for views on this process.
As far as memorable experiences, the list is endless. Perito Moreno glacier was amazing to see and hear - it really is blue in parts, and it was well worth paying extra to do the mini-trek. A great experience. So was horse-riding with a gaucho. Hiring a car and doing a 4 night circular tour from Salta was great.... (more)Ro Lynam
Seeing the whales and dolphins, of course! I also really loved the hot springs. And the botanical gardens.....and the tea plantation.......and the food and the great group and Nunu- what an incredibly knowledgeable guide!
Some people were seasick. I took a Kwell, used travel bands and chewed ginger gum and I was fine. I might have been fine without all that - I'll never know.
Take clothes for all weathers.
Yes, tourism is a very... (more)Jo Fallon
Snorkelling with Humpback Whales
Tonga is a backpacking destination. Be aware that taxi drivers may over charge if you don't check the fare with them first! Bring insect repellent and bite cream for when it doesn't work!
Yes, we stayed at an eco-tourist resort and spent money in local shops when possible.
Very good. (more)Ben McLennan