Knysna Whale Watching - Close Encounter (June - Nov)
- About 2 hours
Ocean Odyssey is Knysna's only official whale watching permit holder, allowing us to approach whales to within 50m; if the whale chooses to come closer, we don’t have to move away. With a maximum of 25 passengers on board, personal service is guaranteed.
During the tour, stops are made to watch whales, dolphins, sharks, and seals, as well as any seabirds that may be encountered. Other interesting features pointed out to clients include cultural facts, shipwrecks, geology, bird colonies, and anecdotal information.
Inshore we are always on the lookout for Humpback dolphins and Bottlenose dolphins. We see dolphins on 80% of cruises year around.
In the deepwater, we’re in search of common dolphins and Bryde’s whales. The Bryde’s whale is resident in Knysna, and sighted on approximately 70% of cruises year-round. Common dolphins are known for their large group sizes, in Knysna the largest group we’ve seen during a cruise was approximately 10,000 individuals.
During whale season, we have regular sightings of Southern Right whales and Humpback whales. Both species travel to South African waters for their breeding season. During peak whale season we spot whales on 95% of cruises.
Minimum of 4 guests required to run this trip. Trip duration is 1½ - 2 hours, depending on conditions. Children welcome, no experience necessary.
GUESTS WILL CHECK IN 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE AT OUR RECEPTION, WHERE THEY ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN THE INDEMNITY FORM.
Good to know
- Minimum of 4 guests required to run this trip
- Trip duration is 1½ - 2 hours, depending on conditions
- Children from 3 years welcome, no experience necessary
- Arrive to reception 30 minutes before the tour departs to sign indemnity forms
- Bottle of water
- Life Jacket
- Food and other beverages (Besides bottled water) is not allowed on this tour.
- Wind breaker or jumper
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Definitely an experience and everyone is very friendly. Our skipper Mr Stefan Pepler was a master on the ocean
Unbelieveably awesome. The service we were given by Bongi, Aiden and Sandy was above and beyond. They made our sailing trip an adventure. I will recommend them anytime.
They do boat trip's great crew great package to choose from all wonderful south Africa have a lot to see a beautiful country to enjoy sunshine friendly locals
Spring tide charters and the helpful crew offer amazing cruises that depart daily from the Knysna Quays Waterfront right at 34 degrees South Restaurant and Cafe Mario.
feel special as the boat departs after the bridge is raised, daily trips including the Sunset Cruise with finger dinner and complimentary bubbly. A definite must do for any visitor to the Garden Route and Knysna.
Light Cancellation Policy
The guest can cancel free of charge until 24 hours before arrival. The guest will be charged the total price if they cancel in the 24 hours before arrival.
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