KwaZulu-Natal whale watching, South Africa

From: ZAR950

per person

40% Refund If No Whale Spotted

Tours Run: June-November

No Children Under 7 Years Old

Whale Guarantee 3 Hour Tour Fully Licensed
Expert Crew Morning Tour No Young Kids

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Whale Watching in KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal whale watching, South Africa

Price: R950 per person

Tours Run: Early June - Late November, Departing Morning

Tour Length: 3 Hours (2 Hours at Sea)

Location: St Lucia, KwaZulu Natal (3 hours from Durban)


This tour is available early June to late November. In the safe hands of experienced and renowned skipper and specialized Marine Mammal Guide Danie and his relief crew Berno, you will be taken through the waves doing a direct beach surf launch to see the gigantic Humpback Whale.


Eco friendly Whale Watching near DurbanThe whales migrate past this stretch of coastline between the months of mid May to mid December annually , to calf and breed in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, moving as far as Mozambique and Madagascar before making the journey back to the Antarctic. You may be fortunate to witness a 40 ton acrobatic Humback Whale breaching a mere 50 meters away from the boat!


You may also see a variety of pelagic bird life, dolphin frolicking alongside the bow of the boat, sea turtles in season, shark, marlin, whale shark and other interesting marine mammals and cetacea – these sighting is a bonus – we will not necessarily see this on each tour – but we guarentee between the 1st of June and end of Novemebr you will see a humpback whale, if you do not the 40% refund will count.


St Lucia Whale Watching on the Elephant CoastDanie and Berno have a treasure house full of knowledgde about the whales, they have been operating since 1998 - and we were the very first operator to get a boat-based-whale-watching permit in KZN in 1998 -  and will give a full educational talk with a variety of interesting facts, and a hydrophone on board will allow you to on occasion listen to the whales singing which can bring a tear to your eyes.


We need about 3 hours of your time, of which the actual tour duration is approximately 2 hours on the ocean, and then 30 minutes on either side to get you to-and- from the launch site onboard the Whale Train transport vehicle to the beach - this in itself is an adventure, as you meet at a central booking office, from where you will be taken to the launch site with a 4 × 4 Unimog truck or the Whale Train transport vehicle to the beach.


Whale Watching in KZN South AfricaFrom over 15 years experience it is generally better to launch early in the morning, as later in the day the winds starts picking up and then we have to cancel tours on the ocean and we sit with unhappy clientele – so please do understand why we will most of the time as you to go out early morning – we do sometimes have a whiole day of awesome weather where we can continue doing tours until 17h00ish in the afternoon, but we generally like to launch around 07h00, 09h00 and 11h00 daily – as summer starts we already like to launch at 06h00 or 06h30.


If you would like to bring your own camera equipment on the tour, please be advised that it is at your own risk! It is always best to secure your camera in a towel, then in a plastic bag, and if you see there is too much spray, then rather don't take it out - we do have the option of a double deck on our vessel, you can also go and stand upstairs to take your photo - but remember you are on a bumpy ocean - please bare that in mind -  we take no responsibility at all whatsoever of any electronic equipment, cameras ,cellphones or jewelry that gets water damage.


Whale Watching team in KZNLicensed & Eco Friendly Whale Watching

We were successful in getting the boat-based whale watching permit in the St Lucia section of Isimangaliso Wetland Park & legal concessionaire permit holder since 1998. Our ocean going boat, the boat, a 9m+ hard hulled vessel required by government law , is built eco-friendly with passenger safety and comfort in mind powered by  2 x 300HP Suzuki engines complying with EPA standards . In the safe hands of experienced and renowned skipper  and specialized Marine Mammal Guide Danie and his relief crew Berno, you will be taken through the waves doing a direct beach surf launch to see the gigantic humpback whale.