10th January 2015- Now that our whale watching season has really come to an end we took our guests to wonder at all the other marvellous creatures Algoa Bay has to offer! We headed for St Croix Island to see the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world, which are also an endangered species. We told the guests all about the important conservation work going on in Port Elizabeth to help these birds, as well as our own research which was instrumental in getting a Marine Protected Area declared around the islands (which should be in place soon). Before we even got there, however, we encountered some bottlenose dolphins near Brenton Island. There were hundreds of them spread out all around us, leaping around, and possibly chasing some shoals of fish. Then we found even more of them as we neared St Croix, and soon realised there must have been at least 600 dolphins around us, the product of two or more separate pods which had joined together for the day. This is a great opportunity for the males of each pod to spread their seed and encounter new females! 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 and African penguin watching cruises in South Africa.
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!
Funds generated from whale watching boat cruises, African penguin 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. Please note that sea sickness tablets and bottled water can be purchased as you arrive at the yacht club, but be sure to let us know on booking so we can organise this immediately on arrival for the tablets to take full effect before departure.
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. We have the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world right on our doorstep. As well as our other resident species including bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, bryde's whales, 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 BBCs 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.