Frequently asked questions about Whale Watching and Marine Tours in Plettenberg Bay - Garden Route

Ocean Safaris has been exploring the bay for 16 years,  we are an owner/family run business which  lets the wildlife and weather shape your journey. We provide a unique opportunity to see some of the ocean’s largest and most mysterious inhabitants in their natural environment.

Why choose Ocean Safaris?

Ocean Safaris has been operating longer than any other marine operation in the area which gives us more experience and knowledge.  The knowledge and passion and experience of the crew is the reason why Ocean Safaris is also the only company to maintain a 100% sighting rate for this last season.

What do I bring along for a whale watching or dolphin watching tour?

You, your family and your friends. There is no particular dress, we suggest you wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring along a jacket. Sun screen, hat and sunglasses are also good items to pack. Camera’s and other gadgets are allowed on board at your own risk.

What will I be doing on the tour?

Exploring the coastline and rich waters in and around our bay; searching for whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, seabirds and more. Come on a voyage of discovery as you search for Plettenberg Bays majestic creatures of the deep. 

What will I see?

Our climate is changing and these changes seem to be affecting our marine life, in particular the Southern Rights. Over the past two years, sightings of Southern Right whales have dropped in our area (don't worry, the population as a whole are on the increase, they are just changing patterns and travelling further Westward), but we see more Brydes and Humpbacks than before. Our dolphin sightings are awesome and include the playful Bottlenose, energetic Commons and the highly endangered Humpback dolphins. A variety of sea birds are sighted as well as the ever growing Cape Fur seal population. A common sightings amongst the Cape Fur seals nowdays is the huge Elephant Seal.  There are a lot of other animals sighted like turtles, Otters, Sunfish, Penguins, you never know what you will find ….

What happens if we don’t see anything?

It is our greatest hope that all of our passengers enjoy the time they spend with us. Our aim is to provide an interesting and informative tour of our bay and their inhabitants. A combination of our local knowledge, experience, educated guesswork, and luck allows most of our guests a chance to see wildlife, however unpredictability is a part of our business. If your expectations exceed these natural limitations, then perhaps you should reconsider wildlife viewing in a natural setting. The animals we watch are WILD, therefore we cannot guarantee sightings on 100% of our trips. However, on any trip that does not sight the specific animal we’re targeting, we will issue our passengers a “VOUCHER”. These guarantees have NO EXPIRY DATE and will be reissued as many times as it takes for you to sight the animal you were looking for. 

Please accept this guarantee as a token of our goodwill and with our sincere desire to have you join us again!

How will I know what to look for?

Highly qualified and experienced marine guides aboard will guide you through the different species you are likely to encounter, showing you how to identify them and where to look. They will be on hand to answer any questions you might have, talk about the history, geology and wildlife during your adventure!

What about the boats?

Our boats are inspected regularly by the South Africa Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) and our safety certificates are available for inspection. With over 10 years of experience operating marine tours in the area ensures we have the right vessel and equipment to help guarantee your safety on every tour.

Where is Ocean Safaris?

Hopwood Street, Central Beach, Adventure Hut

GPS: 23° 23.344’ E 34° 03.354’ S
Plenty of secure parking (except from 15 Dec to 4 January when beach is busy)
Need a transfer, let us know and we can call you a taxi…for your account

Where can I book:

You can call us on: 082 784 5729 

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Will the trip definately go if I make a booking?

Due to limited and minimum number requirements, all trips require prior booking. We need a minimum of 6 persons on the 30 seater boat to be able to launch.  

Weather and sea conditions as well as tides play a vital role in our business, should any of these be deemed not suitable for launching, the trip will not go.  Skippers decision is final.