In 1990, Danie and Riette Bennett moved from Gauteng to St Lucia, and since 1991 Danie started Deep-sea Fishing off St Lucia.
In 1995 Danie was out on a Fishing charter, when he found a Humpback Whale desperately entangled in ropes which had seemingly come off a long-liner, and he and his fishing crew swam out, and cut the ropes off the whale – after it was dis-tangled, the whale breached multiple times, as if to say THANK YOU – Danie’s passion for whales started here, and in 1997 when the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, then Marine and Coastal Management, gave out public tenders to enforce all vessels without legal permits to not close-by harass the migrating and breeding whales and dolphins; ADVANTAGE put in a tender, and was one of the 1st nine legal permit holders in South Africa – As from 1998, ADVANTAGE CRUISER CC, under management of Danie and Riette Bennett and BEE partner Lena Dladla, has been a legal BBWW operator in St Lucia and the neighbouring harbour city of Richards bay in KwaZulu Natal.
In 1998, ADVANTAGE CRUISER was also one of the successful bidders to operate a Large Passenger Ferry on the St Lucia Estuary, to see Hippopotamus, Nile Crocodile and Bird watching from very close.
The company also does Deep-sea Game Fishing charters, Big5 Safaris with an open game drive vehicle to the nearby iMfolozi/Hluhluwe Game Reserves, a full day Beach and Bush Safari into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park with snorkel-ling at Cape Vidal beach if the tide permits, very interesting guided walking trails, 2.5-3 hour visits to the Zulu Khula Community to learn more about traditional way of Zulu living; Diving in Cape Vidal, and Horse Riding.
The company ‘s vessels are annually inspected by SAMSA ( South African Marine Safety Authority ), guides are all registered with Tourism KwaZulu Natal and Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs, and undergoes frequent relevant safety courses, so our customers can be assured that they are in good hands. Over the years various guides have joined the ADVANTAGE team, and we like to know that our team is one of the most passionate , whether they are a Game Reserve guide, or one of our skippers.
We also know almost every accommodation establishment inside out, so if you give us a more or less budget, and kids or adults etc, we will be able to assist you finding the perfect holiday flat-let or guest house.