2nd March 2014- After delaying the trip by nearly an hour due to technical difficulties, we set off for St Croix and I was desperate to find our guests something exciting to make up for the wait. Well we got all the way to Brenton Island without seeing a thing and I was feeling very disappointed until one of our guests spotted something a bit further out. We headed over and I couldn't believe my eyes when the unmistakeable dorsal fin of a killer whale popped up! We had found a young male orca wandering around on his own. He appeared to be feeding but soon came over to the boat to find out what we were. He was really playing with us as he kept circling and popping up right next to us. But he was soon distracted as a pod of bottlenose dolphins were playing nearby. He managed to catch an adult and played with that for a while, before disappearing. We still took our guests to visit the penguins, and we saw a Cape fur seal nearby who was completely unaware of the lurking predator. For my first sighting of a wild killer whale I was absolutely thrilled- possibly more so than our guests! Read more about 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.