Latest Sightings

4th December 2014- Another great trip with the Ulovane Marine Field Guide students! Although no whales were to be found we got a real treat at St Croix Island with 200 bottlenose dolphins being a little frisky in the waves. We also saw a Cape fur seal on the way to the island who was very sleepy as we approached and just stayed in the same position; warming up his flippers! We're still seeing thousands of African penguins on the island, most of them moulting, which really shows off that we have the world's largest breeding colony of these endangered birds! Click here to check out more of our latest sightings and take a look at our photos!

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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).


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Please feel free to book via email, as they will all be personally responded to in order to suit your needs.

Latest News
  • algoabayhopespot042.jpg More Algoa Bay Hope Spot Launch Success
    16th December 2014
    The Algoa Bay Hope Spot was launched by Dr Sylvia Earle on Thursday 11th December, as one of the first six hope spots in South Africa!
  • raggy_charters_pe_lilizela_evening_lloyd_lorien_resized_740x492.jpg More Successful 2014 For Raggy Charters
    3rd November 2014
    Raggy Charters have had a great 2014 with award wins and outstanding achievements and recently had a celebratory evening with all of our supporters to show our thanks!
  • dsc_0002_740x490.jpg More Raggy Charters 2015 Calendar Now Available!
    30th October 2014
    Raggy Charters, and The Baywatch Project, release a calendar every year devoted to the marvelous marine life of Algoa Bay. This year the profits will go towards the Penguin Research Fund and the Algoa Bay Hope Spot!
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