Boat Based Whale Watching
- About 2 hours
Experience permitted Boat-based Whale Excursion conducted in the magnificent Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay. This is a good chance not only to encounter dolphins, but also sharks, whales & seals if lucky.
Passengers are asked to check in at the Ocean Blue Adventures Shop, which is located in the Milkwood Centre, Hopwood Street, Plettenberg Bay, approximately 30 minutes before the planned departure time. Prior to departure, clients will be equipped with life-jackets (and ponchos, if necessary). Once this is done, all passengers will have a Pre-Trip Briefing, where your guide will explain the trips and safety aspects.
Once passengers have boarded their boat, the trip commences with an exciting beach launch through the surf. While the routes may vary, depending on weather, animal distribution and sea conditions, a typical trip runs as follows: Prior to launching, your skipper will have determined the route with the highest likelihood of spotting whales. Most recently, our highest success rate is to head offshore to what we refer to as the Humpback Highway. This is a passage of water from the Robberg Point across to Natures Valley and the Tsitsikamma Marine Reserve, where migrating humpback whales are often encountered en route to their breeding or feeding grounds.
Occasionally we also head along the Keurbooms Beach in search of breeding groups of Southern Right Whales. This area is also a popular hang-out for Bottlenose and Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins. Depending on time constraints and location of whales, we also try to visit the Cape Fur Seal colony at Robberg Peninsula, with a chance of spotting endangered Great White Sharks.
Finally we head back along the Robberg beach, while a brief run-down on the history of the area is given. After passing the Beacon Island Hotel, built on the site of an original Whaling Station, we end the experience with an exhilarating “James Bond” style landing on Central Beach.
Good to know
- Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure of tour
- Tour is normally 1,5 hours
- We can not guarantee encounters
- This tour is weather dependant
- Daily departures 4 times a day
- A bottle of mineral water
- Life jacket
- Qualified guide onboard
- Transfer from your hotel
- Wind Breaker
- Warm Clothes
We enjoyed our boat trip of a couple of hours out in Plettenburg Bay. This was in early November 2019 near the end of the whale watching season & unfortunately did not spot any whales. On this particular day the sea was fairly choppy & quite a few people were sea sick mostly those sitting near the front of the vessel. They were the ones who also got pretty wet as the boat crashed through the swell. Everyone is given a waterproof cape, life jacket & have a safety briefing before boarding. all very professional.
We had a guide on board who was looking for whales & other marine creatures along with the helmsman. The commentary was limited & could have been more in depth. We did see lots of Cape Fur seals, a fleeting glimpse of a dolphin & a few Shearwaters. The boat is launched from the beach & lands back on the beach at high speed. Be prepared to get wet & cold perhaps see very little but enjoy the thrill of the ride!
What a great adventure! We saw lots of dolphins and seals. Great boat, very cheap for what you can experience!
Light Cancellation Policy
The guest can cancel free of charge until 24 hours before arrival. The guest will be charged the total price if they cancel in the 24 hours before arrival.
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The beauty of Table Mountain, Lions Head and the Atlantic Sea Board coastline from the comfort of our kayaks is unrivalled. Dolphins, seals, penguins, Sunfish and occasionally whales frequent our Cape Town.