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Ocean Safaris

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Hopwood St, Central Beach | Under the stairs next to Pam Golding, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
+27 82 784 5729
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Called off by weathef

Although we were very disappointed to not be able to go, were impressed that they tried to get us... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2017
Phillip A
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Superb service with lucky sightings

Wonderful when the experience of their clients is worth more than the duration of the trip! Our 2.5... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
LubbeLou
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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.
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Hopwood St, Central Beach | Under the stairs next to Pam Golding, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
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+27 82 784 5729

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Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Although we were very disappointed to not be able to go, were impressed that they tried to get us on several later boats (which were then cancelled) and will receive a refund after prepaying with Thompson's. While unfortunate, we were comforted that they cancelled it...More

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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

Wonderful when the experience of their clients is worth more than the duration of the trip! Our 2.5 hour trip was wonderful! They were more concerned with maximum client experience than the set time of the excursion. That is unique. We saw two great white...More

1  Thank LubbeLou
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Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

We had such a wonderful experience on our whale viewing trip. Marlin and Ashwyn were very friendly and helpful and we were very blessed to see 3 humpback whales, and spent a good deal of time watching them, so I would definitely recommend Ocean Safaris.

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Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

We half expected not to see whales as it was it was early in the season. We did see two sharks at the seal colony which was interesting. Our guide did his best to find something and made the trip an enjoyable one.

2  Thank Lynn B
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Reviewed 14 May 2017

Ashwyn and his crewmate (sorry, I can't remember his name now) where incredibly friendly and knowledgeable throughout the day and showed us a large school of dolphins playing in the water, a seal who had caught a mantaray/stingray and was basically tearing it apart to...More

2  Thank Bakoyma
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Friendly staff, very knowledgeable guides, life jackets provided, bottled water provided on board We traveled in Feb 17 and saw Great White Shark, a hammerhead shark, dolphins, cape fur seals, penguins, seals, and sea elephant even though this is a rare sighting The guides are...More

4  Thank mervpillay
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We went on the boat with our 7 year old son and we all really enjoyed the experience. The skipper and guide go all out to provide an awesome experience and are constantly looking out for the amazing sea creatures without harassing or harming the...More

3  Thank DevMar
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Wonderful trip, saw plenty of seals, a few dolphins, wonderful to see them Also managed to see a large whale, no sharks!!

2  Thank Darka M
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Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We booked a trip with Ocean Safaris in Plettenberg for a Thursday. The instructions said to arrive at 9am for the 9.30am trip. We arrived just after 9 to be told that the trip was cancelled due to the weather and that they had emailed...More

5  Thank oselaine
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

We chose Ocean Safari in Plettenberg Bay over doing a whale watching tour in Hermanus because it was the end of the season and we heard that even if you don't see whales in Plett, there is still the possibility of a lot of other...More

Thank Crystal M
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Response from Ozzy-Kunnu | Reviewed this property |
I'm quite late but they have two morning safaris, one at 9.00am and other at 12pm Sorry for the late reply.
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