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  • Plettenberg Bay: Guided Sea Kayak Tour

    1. Plettenberg Bay: Guided Sea Kayak Tour

    After a thorough briefing on kayaking techniques and safety, paddle from Central Beach and back. The direction will be dependant on winds, swells and paddling abilities. The knowledgeable guide will explain the wonders of the ocean, as you take in the views of the Tsitsikamma mountains and the Robberg Nature Reserve. Enjoy sightings of Cape fur seals, bottlenose and humpback dolphins, whales (July – October), cormorants, and other sea birds and marine mammals. Whatever time of the year, this is an experience not to be missed by beginners and experienced kayakers alike.

  • Plettenberg Bay: Whale Watching Boat Cruise

    2. Plettenberg Bay: Whale Watching Boat Cruise

    Start your 2-hour adventure with an adrenaline beach launch into the sea on a 400 horsepower speedboat. The purpose-built cat style boat has been designed to conquer the ocean without compromising on safety or comfort. Knowledgeable guides and skippers will treat you to close encounters with some of the whales that visit the shores during the months of June to November. You could be graced with sightings of the Southern Right Whale in the Bay or Humpback Whales travelling along the coastline. You may experience the joy of seeing them breach or even view a mother and calf as they enjoy the safety the bay offers. Take a closer look at a vast seal colony and the many pelagic and coastal birds. Other possible sightings include sharks, big fish, penguins, and octopus in their natural habitat.

  • Plettenberg Bay: Swim with Seals

    3. Plettenberg Bay: Swim with Seals

    Go swimming with seals in Plettenberg Bay, a fun and playful experience for all involved. Meet at the local office to take care of the paperwork and pick up all your equipment. Your group will depart by boat from Central Beach aboard the Robberg Express for an exciting beach launch. Head towards Robberg Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area, home to approximately 6000 Cape fur seals.   Accompanied by a qualified divemaster, hop into the water and enjoy 30 minutes of amazing animal interaction among bundles of playful, inquisitive fur seals. Have the ultimate wild animal encounter in their natural environment and without altering their natural behaviours.

    Super Organisation. Es wird auf die Tiere geachtet das sie nicht gestresst sind. Anfassen ist nicht erlaubt was ich super fand! Da ich bei offenen Meer schon mal eine Panikattake hatte wurde auf mich geachtet. Als ich mich erschöpft fühlte bekam ich sofort eine Schwimmhilfe. Ich schwamm damit nur noch ober Wasser ohne zu schnorcheln was für mich komplett ausreichte. Die Robben kommen zum spielen, tauchen auf und unter, es war ein unvergessliches Erlebnis und ich hab mich immer absolut sicher gefühlt!

  • Mossel Bay: Whale Watching and Seal Island Boat Trip

    4. Mossel Bay: Whale Watching and Seal Island Boat Trip

    Join your qualified whale guide on this boat-based whale watching trip. While onboard, observe the largest mammals on earth as well as dolphins, seals, sharks and various marine birds.  Take in the amazing views of the entire Mossel Bay, its long curving coastline and the majestic Outeniqua Mountain range to the north and the never-ending deep blue Indian Ocean to the south. Then, go on a trip around Seal Island which has around 4000 seals. This trip is definitely an experience you won’t forget.

  • Mossel Bay: Seal Island Boat Trip with Guide

    5. Mossel Bay: Seal Island Boat Trip with Guide

    Head out to sea on a guided boat trip to Seal Island, home to up to 4000 seals.  Enjoy commentary from your guide as you leave the port, who will go into the ins and outs of harbor life. Learn about all the sights you pass on the way to Seal Island.  Get your camera ready once you get close to Seal Island, and see how the wildlife lives there from a respectable distance.  Additionally, get amazing views of the whole of Mossel Bay, including its long curving coastline, the Outeniqua Mountain Range to the north, and the never-ending deep blue Indian Ocean to the south.

  • Gansbaai: Whale Watching Trip by Boat

    6. Gansbaai: Whale Watching Trip by Boat

    Launch from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai and travel along the cliffs of De Kelders. Enter a nature reserve with the highest concentration of whales in South Africa. Look for southern right whales in their natural environment, along with dolphins, Cape fur seals and sharks. Keep an eye out for humpback, minke and Bryde's whales frolicking in the ocean. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful orcas, False killer whales and enchanting African penguins. Return back to the harbor at the end of your boating adventure.

    I was lucky to get the perfect wheather. It is however a risk to pay in advance as the wheather is very unpredictable.

  • Plettenberg Bay: Dolphin and Marine Tour

    7. Plettenberg Bay: Dolphin and Marine Tour

    Arrive at the marina in Plettenberg bay where you will board the boat. Prior to departure, get equipped with life-jackets (and ponchos, if necessary) then listen to a short safety briefing. Once passengers have boarded their boat, begin the trip with an exciting beach launch through the surf. While the routes may vary, depending on weather, animal distribution and sea conditions, the typical trip runs as follows: First, head East past the bird sanctuary and make your way along Keurbooms Beach towards Arch Rock. Along this stretch,  encounter Bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins, as well as some shark species. From Arch Rock, cross the bay where you might see pelagic seabirds which are normally found some 7km from the shore. Keep your eyes peeled for Bryde’s Whales as well as Common Dolphins. Having crossed to the point of Robberg Peninsula, venture out to the Wild side...

  • Plettenberg Bay: Seal Colony Viewing Excursion

    8. Plettenberg Bay: Seal Colony Viewing Excursion

    Head out to Robberg Marine Protected Area to view a colony of 6,000 Cape fur seals. Meet at the office on Hopwood street to fill out the necessary paperwork before making your way to the boat. Board the Robberg Express at Central Beach and head out through the surf to the seal colony. On the way, take in beautiful views of the coast’s sandy beaches and rocky platforms.   Experienced guides on board will be able to answer all your questions and take great pictures of your experience. Observe these wild animals lazing in the sun, swimming, and playing with each other — they may even come up to the boat to say hello.

    Also look for the activity where you can swim with the seals. If your fit enough to climb in and out of an inflatable, this option would be better. We are both in our 60's and loved this trip. The launch and docking are exceptionally good fun - I'll say no more apart you need to experience it! The time looking at the seals passed very quickly - there's so much to see, and watching the seals play was delightful. Great fun!

  • Plettenberg Bay: Guided Seal Swimming Experience

    9. Plettenberg Bay: Guided Seal Swimming Experience

    You'll begin by meeting your group and guide at Hobie Beach, Plettenberg Bay. From there you'll simply sign in, grab your wet suit, mask, and fins, and go. You'll then take an exciting boat ride to the colony, which is situated on the Robberg Peninsula. Whilst traveling your guide will take over as everyone jumps into the water to begin the experience. The seals get very exited, and love playing with swimmers when they visit. This is bound to be one of the most rewarding marine mammal experience you will ever have, and following the swim you'll take a 20-minute scenic boat ride back to the beach where a fresh-water shower will be waiting.

  • Gansbaai: Shark Dive & Whale Watching Combo Boat Trip

    10. Gansbaai: Shark Dive & Whale Watching Combo Boat Trip

    Take advantage of a combo package that features 2 incredible activities which can be split over 2 days if you'd prefer.  Shark Dive Begin the adventure with the shark cage dive which takes place off the coast of Dyer Island, roughly 15 minutes by boat from Kleinbaai Harbour. Discover how this island is home to a colony of over 50 000 Cape Fur seals – the great white shark's favorite food and primary source of nutrition. Arrive at the channel of the ocean which runs between Dyer Island and the neighboring Geyser Rock. This area is so frequented by great white sharks that it has been dubbed 'Shark Alley'. Anchor up here for an up-close encounter with great whites. As the cage is dropped at the diving site, get kitted up with diving gear. Take consecutive turns in the 8-man floating cage to experience thrilling underwater views of this majestic predator. When not in the c...

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Also look for the activity where you can swim with the seals. If your fit enough to climb in and out of an inflatable, this option would be better. We are both in our 60's and loved this trip. The launch and docking are exceptionally good fun - I'll say no more apart you need to experience it! The time looking at the seals passed very quickly - there's so much to see, and watching the seals play was delightful. Great fun!

We came across the tour quite by accident and it was more than worth it. Our guide Ryn explained a lot about animals and their habitat, showed us a lot in the water (how the animals react when to which movements) and made great pictures. We had bad luck with the weather and the water was very cold despite the wetsuit but everything else was great. PS: the seals stink extremely .. haha

Beautiful. Tour guide very knowledgeable and skipper knows how to handle the boat. Love the experience.

Excellent experience. Instructor was amazing friendly helpful and knowledgable

Very well organized, good material, highly recommended!