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Cat Balou Cruises

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253 Imlay St | Eden Wharf, Eden, New South Wales 2551, Australia
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Last minute decision

While having a coffee at a wharf cafe at 9.15am I commented that it would be cool to do a cruise... read more

Reviewed 31 December 2017
Ellie_Buffy_Beer
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Ballarat, Australia
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Highlight of my stay

What a great cruise. This was the highlight of my stay in the beautiful little town of Eden. The... read more

Reviewed 22 December 2017
CSiranga
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Cat Blaou Cruises are based in Eden, situated halfway between Sydney & Melbourne and a 3hr drive from Canberra. In 2014 Australian Geographic named Eden as the Number 1 whale watching destination in Australia. Cat Balou has been operating out of the Port of Eden for 30 years and has won numerous tourism awards. Offering two cruises on their modern 16mt catamaran'CAT BALOU' is in survey to carry 72 passengers & 3 crew. 2Hr Twofold Bay Discovery Cruises operate throughout the year. This cruise highlights the history, beauty & industries of Twofold Bay. Dolphins & Seals are frequently observed as well as sea birds. September, October & November is whale watching time at Eden and cruises depart daily to view Humpback whales on their southern migration. It is one of the few places in the world that you may see whales feeding on their migratory route. A whale guarantee is offered. Complimentary refreshments & live commentary on all trips.
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253 Imlay St | Eden Wharf, Eden, New South Wales 2551, Australia
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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

While having a coffee at a wharf cafe at 9.15am I commented that it would be cool to do a cruise. We went over to investigate and it was leaving at 9.30am. Kids were back at the accomodation so we thought we’d put our names...More

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Lana W, Owner at Cat Balou Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Thank you, we are so glad you enjoyed your cruise. Sorry to hear you lost your hat, I hope it wasn't a favourite.

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

What a great cruise. This was the highlight of my stay in the beautiful little town of Eden. The Cat Balou Cruises team were wonderful, helpful and knowledgeable. The service in the boat was good and enjoyed it very much. It was great watching the...More

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our cruise on the cat balou so much and the kids were absolutely thrilled with the bottle nosed dolphins playing at the front of the boat and showing off their catch of octopus. The couple running the cruise hav been doing so for...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

We joined a whale, dolphin and seal watching tour at the 20th of November with Cat Balou. The boat is great, the area fantastic, the crew really knowledgeable and the weather was amazing. End of November is already the last part of the season for...More

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Reviewed 3 December 2017

Had a great trip out to the open waters, weather got a little wet, but saw plenty of whales having fun.

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Reviewed 18 November 2017 via mobile

Had a fantastic experience on a whale watching cruise with Cat Balou Cruises. An early morning phone call advised that sea conditions were rough but we decided to head down to the wharf regardless. Ros, one of the owners confirmed that conditions were rough and...More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

Ros and Gordon could not be more helpful and professional in the conducting of their award winning 'Whale Watching' cruise. We saw a number of whales breaching, later taken to a tranquil bay for complimentary refreshments and on our return had the pleasure to watch...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

A visit to Eden during whale season is not complete without taking a whale watching trip on Cat Balou. Even though the season is coming to an end, the knowledge and experience of the crew Gordon, Ros, Hannah and Mick on the day we travelled...More

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Had an awesome time, saw may whales dolphins and some birds. The weather was not helping seas were very choppy but at no time did we feel unsafe or ill. The boat was very stable. I appreciated the soup on the way back in very...More

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Three days in Eden staying at Snug Cove B&B overlooking Twofold Bay has spoiled us for staying anywhere else. Add to that a simply awesome Cat Balou Cruise (absolutely the best value for money cruise). Did we see whales?! (at least four sets of females...More

Thank Patricia W
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Maashmallow
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Response from 35edwine | Reviewed this property |
Right now whales are plentiful as they travel down the coast. Eden have as recently as a couple of days ago had them in the bay which you can see standing at one of our many beaches. Cat Balou operates most days depending on... More
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Response from RobCurl | Reviewed this property |
I found them very responsive on email, so you may want to ask them directly in that way. Enjoy!
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Astri F
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Response from Rexbuick | Reviewed this property |
Check there web site, I believe so and they are spotting whales already
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