Pelagic birding boat cruise in Port Elizabeth

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During the winter months (and ranging from April through to September) the South African coast is visited by a number of pelagic bird species. We take you at first light out on a catamaran to the open ocean, heading for the continental shelf where we are soon joined by Indian yellow-nosed, black-browed, and shy albatrosses, sooty, cory's and great shearwaters, white-chinned, Northern giant and storm petrels, swift, roseate and Antarctic terns, and the ever greedy sub-Antarctic skua. Most of these birds often come up quite close to the boat as we use a good quality, slow release chum. However, we will also head close to fishing boats as they might be getting all the attention of these beautiful birds.




We usually like to do a half-day trip, trying to find as many species as possible. And unfortunately, the rougher the sea the better chance we do have of spotting these animals.

During this cruise you also have the possibility of spotting bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, humpback dolphins, Southern right whales, humpback whales, bryde’s whales, minke whales, Cape fur seals, various species of sharks, African penguins, Cape gannets, African black oystercatchers, Cape cormorants and white-breasted cormorants.



Cost is R3900 per person & please email us directly to make a booking (locals please enquire about prices).  


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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