Beachfront Boat Cruise in Port Elizabeth
Please note that Raggy Charters was the only successful applicant for the Boat Based Dolphin & Whale Watching Permit for Algoa Bay, South Africa. There was only one permit issued. The permit was issued on the 20th June 2011 by the Department of Environmental Affairs, which allows us close encounters with whales and dolphins. Although there were many factors that counted towards the allocation of the permit, we believe that we were successful because of our commitment to marine conservation and education. Most of the funds generated by our tours go towards The Penguin Research Fund which is trying desperately to explain the dramatic decrease in the African Penguin population and rectify this situation. Raggy Charters also undertakes regular beach clean-ups in the Port Elizabeth area and has started an initiative to offset our carbon footprint by planting at least one indigenous tree for every boat cruise we do.
Cost is R500 per person, although there may be discounts for groups of 10+. Please email us directly to make a booking. Gift Vouchers are also available to purchase online, which make a great birthday/christmas present for family members.
*Please note that this is not our regular cruise and only done on request; we need a minimum of 6 to run this cruise*
We meet at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club in the Port Elizabeth Harbour at a time of your choice (any time after 2pm), our most popular time being between 4pm and 7pm, for a sunset cruise (pre-booking required), lasting for 1-1.5 hours. Light refreshments and snacks are served during the cruise and there is the option of having a meal afterwards at the yacht club. We also encourage guests on the beachfront cruise to bring along their own drinks/snacks, especially if it's for a special occasion.
We start off the tour with a harbour cruise and a full safety briefing, after which we exit port and set a course for the Cape Recife lighthouse.
Our beachfront boat trips take guests on a leisurely cruise past the beautiful beaches of Humewood and Summerstrand. It gives guests a unique perspective of Port Elizabeth as we head along to the Cape Recife lighthouse and nature reserve. Our beachfront cruises are ideal for parties as we can offer private trips which can be personalised to suit your needs.
During this cruise guests also have the possibility of spotting bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, humpback dolphins, bryde’s whales, minke whales, Southern right whales, humpback whales, Cape fur seals, various species of sharks, African penguins, African black oystercatchers, Cape gannets and various species of pelagic birds including terns, petrels, skuas, shearwaters and albatrosses.