Port Elizabeth whale watching cruises, South Africa

From: ZAR900

per person


Departs: 8:30am

Returns: 12:00pm

 

Discounts available for groups 10+


Snacks Supplied Whale & Dolphin Watch Eco Friendly
Penguin Sightings Licensed Permit Holder Sightings From 50M

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Port Elizabeth whale watching cruises, South Africa

We offer expertly guided whale watching cruises in South Africa, in combination with the Baywatch Marine Conservation Project.

 

Funds generated from whale watching boat cruises and other marine eco-tours with us are used to fund the Baywatch Project and the Penguin Research Fund. RWe are the only licensed boat-based whale watching permit holder in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This permit allows us to approach cetaceans up to 50 metres (no one else may approach closer than 300 metres) and if the cetaceans wish to approach closer and are thus in control of the encounter we do not have to move away.

 

We undertake regular beach clean-ups in the Port Elizabeth area and has started an initiative to offset our carbon footprint by planting one indigenous tree for every boat cruise we do.

 

Our wildlife and whale watching boat cruises possibly cover the longest distance of any ocean safari along the South African coast, lasting for 3-4 hours and covering 50km. This provides guests with a better chance of seeing the full array of marine wildlife Algoa Bay has to offer.

 

Port Elizabeth is a hidden gem in South Africa for whale watching, and other wildlife viewing. With seasonal visits from Southern right whales, humpback whales, and indo-pacific humpback dolphins. As well as our more resident species including bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, bryde's whales, African penguins, Cape gannets and more. All year round we at we can offer guests some great wildlife viewing experiences in our secret and undisturbed bay.

 

As far as we are aware we are also the oldest marine eco tour company combined with a conservation project in Africa – since 1992. We are owner run and managed and use the volunteer system to assist in our tours and projects. We specialise in taking tourists, photographers, corporate office party groups, TV crews and marine wildlife enthusiasts on ocean safaris to watch the whales, dolphins, penguins and other natural wonders of Algoa Bay.

 

Almost all boat cruises are personally led by knowledgeable conservationist, wildlife educator and marine safari specialist Lloyd Edwards, who comes highly recommended by the BBC as your tour guide around the Port Elizabeth coast.

 

The Safety Authority certified 28-foot and 35-foot catamaran cruisers were specially built for Eastern Cape sea conditions and are licensed to carry 10 and 20 passengers subject to a minimum of 4 passengers (if you are less we will try and fit you in with another group).

 

Port Elizabeth Whale Watching Cruise

Price: R900 per person

 

We meet at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club in the Port Elizabeth Harbour at 8.30am for an 8.45am departure returning at 11.45am to 12.00pm (pre-booking required). Light refreshments and snacks are served during the cruise and there is the option of having lunch afterwards at the yacht club. We start off the tour with a harbour cruise and a full safety briefing, after which we exit port and head out into the bay.

 

In South Africa whale season begins in June when we see humpback whales moving along the coast as they head up the East coast of Africa towards their breeding grounds. Humpback whales can be seen in Algoa Bay between June and early January, reaching peaks in July/August and again in November/December when they make their return journey, with calves in tow. Southern right whales can be seen from July to October as they enter the safety of the bay to give birth. Southern right whales are usually seen very close inshore and often nearby to the harbour. They are the most frequently observed whales along the South African coast.  

 

During this cruise guests also have the possibility of spotting bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, humpback dolphins, bryde’s whales, minke whales, Cape fur seals, various species of sharks, African penguins, Cape gannets, African black oystercatchers, Cape cormorants, white-breasted cormorants and various species of pelagic birds including terns, petrels, skuas, shearwaters and albatrosses. 

 

Both catamarans have a specially designed viewing platform which allows the guide to have the best possible view of the bay and thus chance to see any animals that may be present.

 

Port Elizabeth Dolphin Watching Cruise

Price: R900 per person

 

We meet at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club in the Port Elizabeth Harbour at 8.30am for an 8.45am departure returning at 11.45am to 12.00pm (pre-booking required). Light refreshments and snacks are served during the cruise and there is the option of having lunch afterwards at the yacht club. We start off the tour with a harbour cruise and a full safety briefing, after which we exit port and head out into the bay.


Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins are the most frequently observed dolphins in the bay and can be spotted all year round, in groups from 10-400. These playful dolphins are mostly found in shallow waters either near the beaches or around St Croix Island, and tend to come right up to the boat and ride along in the bow waves. Common dolphins are also a spectacular sight as they are seen in groups of 1000-2000, swimming along at great speeds. These dolphins are often spotted from January to June as they follow large shoals of baitfish which move past the bay. We also get humpback dolphins in Algoa Bay, which usually occur in much smaller groups, anywhere between 1 and 20, and are most commonly seen during the summer months.


During this cruise guests also have the possibility of spotting bryde’s whales, minke whales, Southern right whales, humpback whales, Cape fur seals, various species of sharks, African penguins, Cape gannets, African black oystercatchers, and various species of pelagic birds including terns, petrels, skuas, shearwaters and albatrosses.


Both catamarans have a specially designed viewing platform which allows the guide to have the best possible view of the bay and thus chance to see any animals that may be present.

 

Port Elizabeth Penguin Island Cruise

Price: R900 per person

 

We meet at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club in the Port Elizabeth Harbour at 8.30am for an 8.45am departure returning at 11.45am to 12.00pm (pre-booking required). Light refreshments and snacks are served during the cruise and there is the option of having lunch afterwards at the yacht club. We start off the tour with a harbour cruise and a full safety briefing, after which we exit port and head out into the bay.

 

St. Croix Island is home to 22,000 breeding pairs of African penguins, the largest breeding colony found in Africa. It is here where guests will get a close-up encounter with these comical birds. The African penguin’s breeding season reaches its peak between March and May, when guests may be able to see the chicks from the boat. As well as African penguins, both St. Croix and Brenton Island (a smaller islet close by) are inhabited by the endangered African black oystercatcher, white-breasted cormorants and Cape cormorants. The St. Croix Island group, along with the Bird Island group, recently became part of the Addo Elephant National Park, allowing rangers to patrol the islands in aid of conservation efforts to protect the African penguin population. As they are Marine Protected Areas, please note that guests are not allowed to actually go on to the islands.

 

During this cruise guests also have the possibility of spotting bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, humpback dolphins, bryde’s whales, minke whales, Southern right whales, humpback whales, Cape fur seals, various species of sharks, Cape gannets and various species of pelagic birds including terns, petrels, skuas, shearwaters and albatrosses.

 

Both catamarans have a specially designed viewing platform which allows the guide to have the best possible view of the bay and thus chance to see any animals that may be present.

 

 

Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee animal sightings on any cruise. We offer guests the opportunity to view wild animals which will move around at their own will and therefore we cannot be held responsible for the movements of these animals. Guests who are taken to St Croix are guaranteed to see African penguins, and therefore no refund will be given if other marine animals are not spotted. If absolutely no animals are sighted compensation, in the form of a free ticket for the next boat trip, may be given at the discretion of the skipper.