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We have been exploring the bay since 1997, we are an owner run business which lets the wildlife and weather shape your journey. Our location is a natural magnet to visitors from near and far, both human and aquatic. Our bay is protected from most prevailing sea and weather conditions by the spectacular Robberg Peninsula. This means that we can go to sea more frequently than any other operator in the country. We provide a unique opportunity to see some of the ocean’s largest and most mysterious inhabitants in their natural environment. Ocean Safaris offers a variety of whale watching, dolphin watching and other various marine activities in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route of South Africa. We are a legally permitted boat based whale, dolphin and seal watching company in Plettenberg Bay. Close encounter marine tours and a variety of Dolphin discovery tours are on offer. Private charters, specialized tours, group tours & school groups also available on request. Ocean Safaris adhere to all Fair Trade criteria including fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing, fair operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and environment. By electing to use our services, tourists are assured that their travel benefits local communities and economies, and that the business is operated ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. We are proud owners of one of a few whale watching permits allocated country wide and are also licensed by the South African Boat-Based Whale Watching Association (SABBWWA) to conduct marine mammal encounters in Plettenberg Bay. With Ocean Safaris, you can be assured of an exclusive, legal and environmentally sensitive encounter with our magical marine co-habitants. PRICES ECO MARINE TRIP - Adults - $31.00 per person - Children u/12 years - $17.00 - Children u/4 years: Free of charge WHALE WATCHING TRIP - Adults - $49.00 per person. - Children u/12 years - $28.00 - Children u/4 years: Free of charge If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
We have come a long way from its humble beginnings back in 1997 when sunbathers would be invited off of the beach for a trip on a small inflatable to go look for whales, dolphins and whatever other marine life they could find. In 1999 Ocean Safaris was formerly established as the first Permitted (legal) Whale Watching Company in Plettenberg Bay and the Garden Route. At this point Ocean Safaris started to use twin-hulled ski-boats launched off the beach, allowing for more passengers to be accommodated in greater safety.We have a long standing relationship with the South African Boat-Based Whale-Watching Association (SABBWWA), which was started in 1998 in an effort to ensure the responsible and sustainable growth of this new eco-activity in the country. As such, Ocean Safaris has played a pivotal role in establishing the guidelines under which all activities of its type are conducted in South Africa. Some of the regulations to which we adhere includeNot approaching whales to distances of less than 50 metres. Once at this approximate distance, we allow the whales to determine the nature and proximity of the encounter. Whales are very curious and tend to swim up to and around the boat.Not spending more than 20 minutes with a whale, or group of whales, at a time.No close encounters with mothercalf pairs. This is an extremely sensitive time for both mother and calf and should we find ourselves in close proximity, will move away immediately.While every appropriate effort is made to ensure a most memorable encounter with the animals, we trust passengers will understand that the welfare of the animals we encounter is at all times of utmost importance. We also ask prospective passengers to take note that we use no technology, such as sonar or satellite transponders to locate the animals we seek. Using our combined local knowledge and eyes, we endeavour to give passengers as varied a perspective of the bays marine life, but cannot guarantee any specific sightings or behaviours.The safety of our passengers is also of great importance to us. Our Skippers are all trained and accredited by the South African Maritime Safety Association and have completed the required SABBWWA modules, qualifying them to perform their respective tasks aboard. While we don't employ qualified marine biologists, our crew are selected for their passion for the environment and a willingness to share their knowledge and experience with the public.
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