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Dolphin & Whale Watching Cruises Plettenberg Bay

Watch the gentle giants of the ocean in the sheltered, warm waters of the Garden Route, South Africa, from the comfort of a boat. The tour guides provide a personalised service and give insight into the broad spectrum of marine life and geology of the area.

Dolphin & Whale Watching Cruises Plettenberg Bay Overview

The sheltered, warm waters of the Garden Route attract a multitude of marine species from the endangered African Oystercatcher to juvenile hammerhead sharks and thousands of Common dolphins, which come into the bay to feed. The environmentally conscious eco-marine operation conducts all the cruises with a strict code of conduct. The fascinating Dolphin & Whale Watching Cruises are offered in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.

The local skippers and tour guides provide personalised service and give insight into the full spectrum of marine life and geology of the area. The tour begins with a single dry launch into the surf zone and ends with a ride straight back to the beach.

Different types of Dolphin & Whale watching cruises: DISCOVERY CRUISES and PREMIUM CRUISES (Close Encounter)

Both Dolphin & Whale watching cruises on the Garden Route are necessarily the same. Special notice of any dolphins in the area is taken, visit the seals and check out any seabirds, sharks and other marine species that may be around, you never know what you are going to see.


DISCOVERY cruises are run on our boats which do not hold permits and are legally obliged to stay 300 meters from whales. These cruises operate all year around.

Capacity: 54 Pax plus 4 guides (104 pax by arrangement)

2. PREMIUM CRUISES (Close Encounter)

The PREMIUM CRUISES are ‘CLOSE ENCOUNTER’ tours. These are conducted on the permitted whale watching vessel “Fatboy”. This permit allows the licenced boat to approach whales up to 50 meters. The whales may then move closer if they wish. Whales are usually inquisitive and move closer and alongside the vessel. Only permitted boats may approach whales to this distance, all other sea vessels must maintain a 300m distance from the whales. ‘Official’ whale season, based on the presence of Southern Right Whales along the South African coastline, runs between July and November. However, the Humpback Whales are usually along the coast of the Garden Route between April and January. Bryde’s whales are seen along the coastline all year round, so there is always a chance of getting ‘up close and personal’ with whales in South Africa.

Capacity: 30 Pax plus 2 guides (60 Pax by arrangement)

Activity information: Dolphin & Whale watching cruises

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Discovery Cruise: 54 passengers
  • Premium Cruise: 30 passengers
  • Scheduled departure times ( subject to change): 9h30, 12h00, 14h30