3. Plettenberg Bay: Whale-Watching Cruise
Please arrive at the Ocean Blue Adventures Shop 30 minutes prior to your allotted departure time to check-in, before you will be issued a life jacket (and poncho, if required). A short pre-trip briefing covering safety at sea and what to expect on the trip will then be presented by your guide. We rely on our experience and shared reports of species in our effort to secure sightings. Due to the free-roaming nature of the species involved, we cannot guarantee sightings. For your own safety, we ask that you disclose any medical conditions (including pregnancy, recent surgery and pre-existing neck or back issues), and reserve the right to deny passage in some circumstances. After a short walk to the launch site, you will board the boat and the trip commences with an exciting launch through the surf. No two trips are the same, with routes depending on sea and weather conditions, along with recent sightings of whales. The two migratory species we view (Southern Right and Humpback Whales) often frequent different areas, with the former species generally seen close inshore, and the latter typically several miles offshore. The crew will determine where they feel there is the highest likelihood of sightings. If Southern Right Whales are present, we generally travel northeast along the coastline, adding the possibility of seeing the inshore dolphin species. Alternatively, we’ll head southwards to the “Humpback Highway”, hoping to intercept humpback whales on their migration. If time permits, we will visit the Cape Fur Seal colony on the Robberg Peninsula, and possibly get a sighting of the Great White Sharks that frequent the area between May and October. From time to time, your guide may point out other species or places of interest. Returning to our starting point, the trip concludes with an exciting high-speed landing on the beach, after which you’ll be escorted back to the shop where your life jacket can be returned.