Boat Based Dolphin Encounter

  • About 2 hours


Experience permitted boat-based Dolphin excursion conducted in the magnificent Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay. This is a good chance not only to encounter dolphins, but also sharks, whales & seals if lucky.


Passengers are asked to check in at the Ocean Blue Adventures Shop, which is located in the Milkwood Centre, Hopwood Street, Plettenberg Bay, approximately 30 minutes before the planned departure time.

Prior to departure, clients will be equipped with life-jackets (and ponchos, if necessary). Once this is done, all passengers will have a Pre-Trip Briefing, where your guide will explain the trips and safety aspects.

Once passengers have boarded their boat, the trip commences with an exciting beach launch through the surf. While the routes may vary, depending on weather, animal distribution and sea conditions, a typical trip runs as follows:

Heading east past the bird sanctuary, we make our way along Keurbooms beach towards Arch Rock. Along this stretch, we usually encounter Bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins, as well as some shark species. From Arch Rock we cross the bay where pelagic sea-birds are normally to be found some 7km from the shore. Bryde’s whales may also be seen, as well as Common dolphins.

Having crossed to the point of Robberg Peninsula, we may venture out to the Wild side, occasionally seeing groups of whales and pods of dolphins. Cruising back along the inside of Robberg, we see the unique geology from this unusual perspective and can observe our growing Cape Fur Seal Colony. At certain times of the year, it is also possible to see numerous Great White Sharks, which frequent the area. Finally we head back along the Robberg beach, while a brief run-down on the history of the area is given.

After passing the Beacon Island Hotel, built on the site of an original Whaling Station, . end the experienced with an exhilarating “James Bond” style landing on Central Beach.

Trip duration is 1.5 hours

Good to know

  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to departure of tour
  • Tour is normally 1,5 hours
  • We can not guarantee encounters
  • This tour is weather dependant
  • Daily departures 4 times a day


  • Bottle of mineral water and fruit
  • Life Jacket
  • Qualified guide onboard


  • Transfer from your hotel


  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses


  • Sunglasses
  • Wind Breaker
  • Warm Clothes

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January, 2020

We enjoyed our boat trip of a couple of hours out in Plettenburg Bay. This was in early November 2019 near the end of the whale watching season & unfortunately did not spot any whales. On this particular day the sea was fairly choppy & quite a few people were sea sick mostly those sitting near the front of the vessel. They were the ones who also got pretty wet as the boat crashed through the swell. Everyone is given a waterproof cape, life jacket & have a safety briefing before boarding. all very professional.
We had a guide on board who was looking for whales & other marine creatures along with the helmsman. The commentary was limited & could have been more in depth. We did see lots of Cape Fur seals, a fleeting glimpse of a dolphin & a few Shearwaters. The boat is launched from the beach & lands back on the beach at high speed. Be prepared to get wet & cold perhaps see very little but enjoy the thrill of the ride!

February, 2020

Awesome place to be beautiful

May, 2019

Great experience, awesome guide! We were fortunate to see whale, dolphin and seal...

What a great adventure! We saw lots of dolphins and seals. Great boat, very cheap for what you can experience!

January, 2020

Absolutely awesome tours and staff.

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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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