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“What an Enjoyable Experience!”
Review of Ocean Safaris

Ocean Safaris
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Owner description: Ocean safaris whale and dolphin watching We are legally permitted to conduct close encounter experiences !!!! Exploring the bay for over 10 years, Ocean Safaris, a family run business, lets the wildlife and weather shape your journey, giving you a unique opportunity to see some of the ocean’s largest and most mysterious inhabitants in their natural environment.We are fair trade and green ticket accredited. What do I bring along? Yourself, your family and your friends. There is no particular dress, we suggest you wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring along a jacket. Sun screen, hat and sunglasses are also good items to pack. Camera’s and other gadgets are allowed on board at your own risk. What will I be doing? Exploring the coastline and rich waters in and around our bay, searching for whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, seabirds and more. Come on a voyage of discovery as you search for Plettenberg Bays majestic creatures of the deep. What will I see? Our climate is changing and these changes seem to be affecting our marine life, in particular the Southern Rights. Over the past two years, sightings of Southern Right whales have dropped, but we see more Brydes and Humpbacks than before. Our dolphin sightings are awesome and include the playful Bottlenose, energetic Commons and the highly endangered Humpbacked dolphins. A variety of sea birds are sighted as well as the ever growing Cape Fur seal population. We see many different animals that come into our bay to say hello. Particular species cannot be guaranteed as these animals are being viewed in their natural environment but times of year can depict their occurrence. This is a true “seafari” and every one is different, you never know what you will find …. How will I know what to look for? Highly qualified and experienced marine guides aboard will guide you through the different species you are likely to encounter, showing you how to identify them and where to look. They will be on hand to answer any questions you might have, talk about the history, geology and wildlife during your adventure! What about the boats? Ocean Safaris boats are inspected regularly by the South Africa Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA). With over 10 years of experience operating marine tours in the area ensures we have the right vessel and equipment to help guarantee your safety on every tour. Where is ocean safaris? Milkwood Centre, Hopwood Street, Central Beach , Plettenberg bay GPS: 23° 23.344' E 34° 03.354' S Due to limited numbers, all trips require prior booking. Don’t miss your place! Please note all cruises are weather dependent and at skipper’s discretion an alternative vessel may be used at times These cruises get you as close as legally possible to unforgettable encounters with whales, dolphins and seals at work and play.
Reviewed December 11, 2013

We really wanted to get up close to see some Southern Right Wales but thought if we didn't, this would be a fun boat ride on the Indian Ocean. Coming from Texas, no matter what, this was going to be a treat. It turned out to be more than we anticipated. Lloyd Chapman, our boat captain found wales...lots of wales! The photography opportunities were incredible. Our boat was perfect and not at all crowded. Must also mention that we some young children on board. Jean, an attendant with Ocean Safari was more than helpful in insuring that all were safe, comfortable and enjoying the experience. Even the kids went away with a memorable whale watching experience.

All of the folks at Ocean Safari were professional, friendly and attentive to us in every way. Karen and I give them a four thumbs up recommendation. This is the absolute best whale watching service in South Africa. What the heck...perhaps the universe!

Can you tell, we had fun.

2  Thank Jim S
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

Ocean Safaris are the whale watchers of the area, they have a 100% sightings record, they are so good, I chose to go with them a second time. The boats are comfortable and provide great vantage points for photography.Everyone was warm and welcoming. Most importantly, they were excellent around the animals, giving us great views without bothering the whales.
The first whales that we sighted we were unable to get close too as they all had calves and the skipper moved away immediately, it was pleasing to see the environmental guidelines so strictly adhered to. As we moved along the coast however we finally arrived just off Keurboomstrand and were amazed at the number dolphins surfing in the waves.
All we can say is what a fantastic experience provided by knowledgeable and very friendly staff – Thank you!

1  Thank John M
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

Watching whales is an unique experience. We saw two mothers with her calve. They were breaching and flippering, so amazing that we could watch this without harassing the beautiful animals.

Thank elvirakas
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

So it was my wife's birthday and our first activity of the day is Whale Whatching..
Its my very first time out at sea,so don't know what to expect.after launching we went past robberg beach with a nice view of the long white beach enroute to robberg peninsula.
At robberg peninsula there were thousands of seals..diving,swimming,sun bathing and just being lazy in the sun.Saw an elephant seal too..it is huge!!
At the far point of the peninsula close to(whale rock)we had sights of about 6 whales..my 1st ever!! The presence of the whales so close to us puting on a show is an experience you can't write about,you just gotta see it for yourself!! Respect the creatures of the sea!

1  Thank freek j
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

On Saturday we started celebrating my birthday with a Whale Watching tour with Ocean Safari's! A very friendly Pam, phoned us ahead of time to confirm that indeed the weather was holding out and we will be able to go out. On arrival Pam and our Guide, Jeanne met us and helped us with the sign in and even donned on our life jackets for us. Pam made sure that my niece (8 years old) was kitted out with a special life jacket as she is so small. Jeanne then walked us down to the boat chatting all the way and making everyone feel at ease and excited all at the same time.

Marlon our skipper (captain) met us at the boat and welcomed us all. They prepared us for what to expect on the launch which went a lot smoother than I could have dreamed. Right away Marlon spotted a whale but another boat was nearby, he promised to come back to that whale later and took us to see that Seal Colony.

The Robberg Reserve was full of seals and we got to see them in all shapes and sizes, sunbathing, walking around, swimming and hunting. This was absolutely awesome. However Jeanne and Marlon was quick to point out a visitor to the area - an Elephant Seal - huge is not the word!! Marlon included the my niece and nephew (only kids on the boat) in all the discussions making them feel special!

From there we went in some more and got to see a whole family of Humpback whales! They where breaching and swimming all around us, Jeanne was quite knowledgeable on the animals and making sure we all looked in the right direction to catch the whale just as he breached. The family of 7 sure did put on a show for us! That is till I put on a show for everyone by losing my breakfast! Jeanne and Marlon knew exactly how to get me and my stomach to be calm again and with-in minutes I was back to enjoying the Whale Tales!!

The ride back was equally as enjoyable as Marlon opened up the throttle to show us what the FatBoy can really do! Our beaching was AWESOME! I totally loved it and will happily loose my breakfast again just to experience this day again! Thank you to all at Ocean Safari's for making the day amazing!

Thank HerRoyalHickup
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