5th April 2014- Another miraculous sighting today of a killer whale. The very same lonely male we saw about a month ago. We luckily had a research survey head out a few hours before our Penguin Island Cruise which gave us a heads up about a large baitball with thousands of gannets and common dolphins. So we headed over to where they were last spotted but got an ever better surprise. The killer whale didn't hesitate to come straight over to us and play with the boat for quite some time. Another group of incredibly happy guests who got way more than expected. It just goes to show you how unpredictable nature can be! We hope Peter sticks around for a while and we see him again. Click here to read more of our latest sightings and check out our photos!
Whale Watching in South Africa with Raggy Charters
Welcome to Raggy Charters in combination with the Baywatch Marine Conservation Project, offering expertly guided whale watching cruises in South Africa.
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, South Africa. 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.
Raggy Charters undertakes regular beach clean-ups in the Port Elizabeth area and has started an initiative to offset our carbon footprint by planting one indigenous tree for every boat cruise we do.
Our wildlife and whale watching 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.
Port Elizabeth is a hidden gem in South Africa for whale watching, and other wildlife viewing. With seasonal visits from Southern right whales, humpback whales, and indo-pacific humpback dolphins. As well as our more resident species including bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, bryde's whales, African penguins, Cape gannets and more. All year round we at Raggy Charters can offer guests some great wildlife viewing experiences in our secret and undisturbed bay.
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. Read more about the BBC's work in Port Elizabeth with Lloyd Edwards.
The Safety Authority certified 28-foot and 35-foot catamaran cruisers were specially built for Eastern Cape sea conditions and are licensed to carry 10 and 20 passengers subject to a minimum of 4 passengers (if you are less we will try and 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.