Water activity

Walvis Bay: Marine Big 5 Luxury Catamaran Tour

4.8 / 5

78 reviews

Activity provider: Catamaran Charters

Walvis Bay: Marine Big 5 Luxury Catamaran Tour

Activity provider: Catamaran Charters
Likely to sell out
Likely to sell out

From US$ 62.57 per person

Sail out on a catamaran and try to spot the ocean’s “Big 5”: whales, dolphins, mola mola, leatherback turtles and seals. Enjoy a relaxing morning at sea including refreshments and snacks.

About this activity

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Afrikaans, German, English
Wheelchair accessible


  • Sail out into the bay and relax on a luxury catamarans
  • Take in panoramic views of the Pelican Point peninsula
  • Spot Bottlenose, Heaviside's and Dusky dolphins, as well as Mola Molas and Leatherback Turtles
  • See larger mammals such as the Southern Right Whale and Humpback Whales (from July to November)
Full description
Begin your dolphin and whale spotting expedition by checking in at Walvis Bay Waterfront at 8:30 am. Depart from the Jetty between 8:45 - 9 am. From there you’ll begin your search for Namibia’s marine Big 5. Sip a hot coffee or tea as you approach Pelican Point. Admire its landmark lighthouse and see the 60,000 cape fur seals who live there. If visiting in-season ( from July to November), you'll be able to spot large sea mammals including the Southern Right Whale and the Humpback Whale. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see a gray whale or a pygmy right whale. Observe different species of dolphins including bottlenose, Heaviside's, and dusky dolphins. Keep a lookout for mola molas and leatherback turtles. As you make your expedition, you’ll encounter a variety of seabirds including kelp gulls, Hartlaub’s gulls, and cape cormorant. On the return journey, cruise past ships and oilrigs docked in the bay. As you make your way back, enjoy fresh oysters, sparkling wine, savory snacks, and desserts alongside light drinks and water. You’ll return to the waterfront at 12:30 pm. 
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Oysters and sparkling wine
  • A light lunch of savory and sweet snacks
  • Cool drinks, water, and beer
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off, unless option selected from Swakopmund
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Look for the blue building close to the Jetty at the Walvis Waterfront for the Catamaran Charters check-in.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • High-heeled shoes

Know before you go

  • Please note, high-heeled shoes are not allowed on this tour.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 78 reviews

Review summary

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Loved this tour. Pelicans and seals jumped on the boat. We saw seals, dolphins and even a whale. Crew was friendly and shared a lot of information on the tour. The tour ended with a delicious meal and sparkling wine. Wonderful day out. On a cold day it can get a bit chilly so just take some warm clothes with.

November 10, 2021

A great experience, in large part thanks to the captain, the guide and the on-board staff! We saw 3 of the Big 5, that's what is expected from the start in this period: sea lion, dolphin, and sunfish. The guide is a fascinating well of knowledge, and with great proximity to the animals

October 26, 2021

The tour lived up to our expectations. We spent a great morning, a lot of knowledge was imparted, seals, pelicans and small dolphins could be easily observed. Unforgettable: the perseverance of the pelicans during the photo shoots and the beautiful baby seal that visited us on board. The crew was excellent, the snacks very tasty and these Namibian fresh oysters together with a glass of well-chilled sparkling wine - fantastic. A very recommendable tour! Thanks to the team!

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March 31, 2020

Product ID: 227668