2nd December 2013- We kicked off December on a high note on the high seas. We had hardly left the harbour when we encountered our first pod of three humpback adults and a calf. After the initial splashing and cavorting they sounded and we never saw them again. One mile later we came across another cow/calf pair which also managed to give us the slip. As we approached the penguin islands I thought we were going to have to report poor whale viewing when the lookout shouted there were whales to the north. I spun the boat into their direction and immediately saw the first breach followed shortly thereafter by another. We raced to within our allowed distance when suddenly the calf did a spectacular breach just off our starboard bow. I managed to swing the camera into action and caught it just before it re-entered the water. The attached photo was the result. Click here for more sightings.
Whale Watching in South Africa with Raggy Charters
Welcome to Raggy Charters in combination with the Baywatch Marine Conservation Project.
Funds generated from whale watching boat cruises and other marine eco-tours with Raggy Charters are used to fund the Baywatch Project and the Penguin Research Fund. Raggy Charters are the only licensed boat-based whale watching permit holder in Port Elizabeth. This permit allows us to approach cetaceans up to 50 metres (no one else may approach closer than 300 metres) and if the cetaceans wish to approach closer and are thus in control of the encounter we do not have to move away.
Our boat cruises possibly cover the longest distance of any ocean safari along the South African coast, lasting for 3-4 hours and covering 50km. This provides guests with a better chance of seeing the full array of marine wildlife Algoa Bay has to offer.
As far as we are aware we are also the oldest marine eco tour company combined with a conservation project in Africa – since 1992. We are owner run and managed and use the volunteer system to assist in our tours and projects. We specialise in taking tourists, photographers, corporate office party groups, TV crews and marine wildlife enthusiasts on ocean safaris to watch the whales, dolphins, penguins and other natural wonders of Algoa Bay.
Almost all boat cruises are personally led by knowledgeable conservationist, wildlife educator and marine safari specialist Lloyd Edwards, who comes highly recommended by the BBC as your tour guide around the Port Elizabeth coast. Click here for full details.
The Safety Authority certified 28-foot and 35-foot catamaran cruisers were specially built for Eastern Cape sea conditions and are licensed to carry 12 and 20 passengers subject to a minimum of 4 passengers (if you are less we will fit you in with another group).
Please feel free to book via email, as they will all be personally responded to in order to suit your needs.