We had frisky penguins and frisky dolphins on our cruise this morning! Our first encounter though was of two humpback whales, who were extremely uninterested in us and seemed too shy to spend much time with. We decided to go to the islands for some penguin viewing, and to try our luck with the dolphins. Lots of penguins were at sea, as they are probably preparing for the moulting season- so they need to spend a few weeks foraging and fattening up. On the island we noticed one penguin getting a little amorous with another that was lying down, having absolutely none of it! And then what we think was a sub-Antarctic fur seal lying down closeby- obviously hoping for a bit of peace and quiet. It is the time of year that we see these guys come ashore quite often as they try to relax and recover after a long swim. We didn't find any dolphins at the island but luckily had received a message from the PE Cetacean Spotters about a group over at Pollock Beach, so we headed straight there. We found a big group of 250 bottlenose dolphins, all being very playful! Some were mating and a few were leaping about. A lot of people along the beachfront also got to witness the show- such an amazing thing! Click here to check out more of our latest sightings and take a look at 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, dolphin watching and African penguin watching cruises in South Africa. Raggy Charters is the only licensed boat-based whale and dolphin watching permit holder in the Port Elizabeth area.
IMPORTANT: According to the Marine Living Resources Act of 1988 (Amended 4 July 2008), no person may carry on a boat-based whale watching or dolphin watching operations, except on the authority of a permit... Furthermore, no person shall advertise, or cause to be advertised, boat-based whale watching or dolphin watching operations or services... Any person (including passengers) who contravene the above regulations are liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding R300 000.00, or to imprisonment not exceeding two years.
Book an exciting and educational Penguin Patrol day out if you are as mad about penguins as we are and want to help save them, as well as finding whales, dolphins, seals and other marine life in Algoa Bay! We will go out on a boat trip in the morning in search of as much wildlife as possible and then the rest of the day will be filled with a visit to SAMREC and Bayworld!
Looking for accommodation during your visit to Port Elizabeth? Stay with the Raggy Charters team out in the coastal village of Seaview, with beautiful beach/ocean views from every room. Receive 20% off your accommodation if you join us for an ocean safari!
Need transportation to get to the harbour for your booked cruise? We can arrange that for you with the friendly & trusted shuttle services we work with!
Please note that sea sickness tablets are recommended for all boat cruises!
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 BBCs work in Port Elizabeth with Lloyd Edwards.
Please feel free to book via email, as they will all be personally responded to in order to suit your needs.