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Permitted Close Encounter Whale Watching (June - November)

Plettenberg Bay

Activity Description

Passengers are asked to check in at the Ocean Blue Adventures Shop, which is located in the Milkwood Centre, Hopwood Street, Plettenberg Bay, approximately 30 minutes before the planned departure time.

Prior to departure, clients will be equipped with life-jackets (and ponchos, if necessary). Once this is done, all passengers will have a Pre-Trip Briefing, where your guide will explain the trips and safety aspects.

Once passengers have boarded their boat, the trip commences with an exciting beach launch through the surf. While the routes may vary, depending on weather, animal distribution and sea conditions, a typical trip runs as follows:-

Prior to launching, your skipper will have determined the route with the highest likelihood of spotting whales.

Most recently, our highest success rate is to head offshore to what we refer to as the Humpback Highway. This is a passage of water from the Robberg Point across to Natures Valley and the Tsitsikamma Marine Reserve, where migrating humpback whales are often encountered en route to their breeding or feeding grounds.

Occasionally we also head along the Keurbooms Beach in search of breeding groups of Southern Right Whales. This area is also a popular hang-out for Bottlenose and Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins.

Depending on time constraints and location of whales, we also try to visit the Cape Fur Seal colony at Robberg Peninsula, with a chance of spotting endangered Great White Sharks.

Finally we head back along the Robberg beach, while a brief run-down 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 “James Bond” style landing on Central Beach.

Trip duration is 1.5 – 2 hours.



Duration1 hour 30 minutes
WhenJune to November
WhereOcean Blue Adventures office situated in the Milkwood Centre, Hopwood street, 15 minutes prior to the departure time.
WeatherTours subject to suitable weather/sea conditions. If conditions are unsuitable, alternatives are:a) Re-scheduling b) 100% Refund
What to WearWind Breaker and warm Clothes.
Things to BringCamera
Guests or SpectatorsNo spectators allowed, only paying guests allowed on the boat.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsInclude a bottle of mineral water per person.
ExclusionsWe cannot guarantee sightings.


For additional time slots or group bookings, please contact the office.
Please arrive 15 minutes before departure.
Trips are 1.5 hours to 2 hours depending on how long it takes to find the animals.

Customer Reviews

The morningtrip on 10 September was a great experience. The whales where in the bay and we where lucky to see the giant seal. Sadly we haven't seen spectacular jumps but we where glad to see the tails of the whales. - Anje Slagter

Excellent service provided by all. Clients had a great time Thanks Ben - Ben Robbins

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