Marine Encounter Tour from Plettenberg Bay South Africa

Marine Encounter Tour from Plettenberg Bay South Africa

Come experience the many wonders of the bay- whales, dolphins, seals, sharks and pelagic birds! If you are a lover of water and the sea--then this is the tour for you. The entire family can share in an unforgettable experience that make anyone appreciate marine life.

Our ecological adventure begins as we head east passing the bird sanctuary and Arch Rock of Keurbooms Beach. Arch Rock is an area nestled in the mountain amongst a conapy of trees overlookinig the beach.

Here we usually encounter Bottlenose dolphins, the rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, and some shark species. From Arch Rock we head into the middle of the Bay where Pelagic seabirds are normally found some 7km from the shore! Out there our resident Brydes whales may be seen, as well as the Common dolphins, Southern Right dolphins and Humpback whales- during their season.

We then travel the bay to the point of Robberg Peninsula and get on the wild side. It is here we often see large groups of whales and pods of dolphins. As we cruise back along the inside of Robberg, we see the unique geology of the sea and usually can observe our growing Cape Fur Seal Colony.

Finally we head back along the Robberg beach, while a brief rundown 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 return to the beach.

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2 hours


9:30 am, 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm daily

All times are dependent on the weather. Tour does not operate on December 25 or January 1.

Tour does not include hotel pick-up and drop-off. Tour departs from Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay; specific details will be located on your E-Ticket. Rates are in US Dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.


Please dress warmly, preferably in layers. During the winter months, it's a good idea to wear a long sleeved shirt, a sweatshirt and a jacket. If you are going out very early in the morning, a hat is always a good idea. Mittens or gloves are a bonus on chilly trips. If you don't have any, bring along an extra pair of socks!

If you're prone to motion sickness, choose an early trip. The wind almost always picks up as the day progresses and can cause choppiness and rougher seas. It also makes it more difficult for the whale watchers to locate the whales. If you do decide to take something, like Dramamine® or Bonine®, check with your pharmacist, and find out if there are any complications with other drugs you may be taking. Take the medication at least a full hour before the trip. Eat lightly, avoid grease or fatty foods, alcohol and carbonated beverages. A good night's sleep beforehand is always a plus.

Don't forget your sunglasses and some sort of hat or visor to shade your eyes. The glare from the sun (even on cloudy days) can make it harder for you to see, and give you a headache if you're squinting. Even if you are sitting in the shade, 60% of the sun's rays bounce back up from the water's surface.

Sunblock is a must, no matter what time of year it is. Put it on ahead of time, so you can wash your hands.

Binoculars are always helpful, but unless you're a very experienced whale watcher or you're watching from a land lookout, they'll just get in the way. Looking through them is tough in the open ocean, and trying to focus with all the bouncing going on will probably give you a headache. Bring the camera, but by all means, don't spend all your time looking through the lens. You'll miss too much because your field of focus will be so much smaller.

Keep the kiddies entertained - young children can get quite bored when whale watching, so bring along something to entertain them.

Keep in mind that you won't be able to feed the whales or dolphins. The Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits any activity that would result in altering the behavior of the mammals.

This tour is suitable for children and family and dependent on the weather. During the winter months there must be a minimum of 4 persons and a minimum of 6 persons for the remaining months to book this tour. Every person, despite their age is counted as a passenger. There is a maximum capacity of 40 passengers for this tour.

Tour does not include hotel pick-up and drop-off. Tour departs from Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay; specific details will be located on your E-Ticket. Rates are in US Dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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