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Dolphin Watching Boat Cruise in Port Elizabeth

 

Orca 2 with Bottlenose Dolphins in Algoa Bay Bottlenose Dolphin Breaching in Algoa Bay

 

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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 R1400 per person (R850 for children under 12), 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 (locals please enquire about prices).


We meet at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club in the Port Elizabeth Harbour at 8.30am, departing soon after and returning by 12.00pm (Pre-booking required). Light refreshments and snacks are served during the cruise and there is the option of having lunch afterwards at the yacht club.
 

We start off the tour with a harbour cruise and full safety briefing, after which we exit port and head out into the bay.

Map of Algoa Bay
 
Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins are the most frequently observed dolphins in the bay and can be spotted all year round, in groups from 10-400. These playful dolphins are mostly found in shallow waters either near the beaches or around St Croix Island, and tend to come right up to the boat and ride along in the bow waves. Common dolphins are also a spectacular sight as they are seen in groups of 1000-2000, swimming along at great speeds. These dolphins are often spotted from January to June as they follow large shoals of baitfish which move past the bay. We also get humpback dolphins in Algoa Bay, which usually occur in much smaller groups, anywhere between 1 and 20, and are most commonly seen during the summer months.

 
During this cruise guests also have the possibility of spotting bryde’s whales, minke whales, Southern right whales, humpback whales, Cape fur seals, various species of sharks, African penguins, Cape gannets, African black oystercatchers, and various species of pelagic birds including terns, petrels, skuas, shearwaters and albatrosses.

 
Both catamarans have a specially designed viewing platform which allows the guide to have the best possible view of the bay and thus chance to see any animals that may be present.

 
*Disclaimer: Raggy Charters cannot guarantee animal sightings on any cruise. Raggy Charters offers guests the opportunity to view wild animals which will move around at their own will and therefore we cannot be held responsible for the movements of these animals. Guests who are taken to St Croix are guaranteed to see African penguins, and therefore no refund will be given if other marine animals are not spotted. If absolutely no animals are sighted compensation, in the form of a free ticket for the next boat trip, may be given at the discretion of the skipper.*

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