3rd October 2015- There was something promising about this morning when we hadn't even left the harbour yet before seeing our first glimpse of wildlife. A few bottlenose dolphins popped up near the harbour entrance, but were so elusive we didn't stay long. We were heading for St Croix when we got a call from some friends out past Cape Recife... whales were all over the place out there! so we changed route and headed for the edge of the bay and very quickly found some humpback whales. We must have seen nearly 20 individuals all spread out and not particularly heading in any direction but just chilling out in the bay. Then we spotted some dolphins as well. Bottlenose dolphins were charging towards us but changed direction just as they passed us and were next spotted swimming along besides the whales! After that we were treated to some tail slaps, flipper waving and the best part.. breaches! Eventually we headed back towards the harbour and luckily caught the same pod of bottlenose dolphins who were now playing through the waves close in shore. We headed over and realised the pod was bigger than we first thought.. about 300 slowly swam past us and at the front of the school was what appeared to be a nursery. Babies and juveniles seemed to be the majority, one baby looking only days old as it still had the contraction marks on it! Great day in our Algoa Bay Hope Spot! 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 are the only licensed boat-based whale and dolphin watching permit holder in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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!
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.