Dolphin tours & charters in South Africa


“The dolphin then rises to the surface, releasing a deep gust of air from it’s domed head and inhales beside you, the unexpected sound of breathing, in isolation, in the ocean, creating an arresting infinity.”
― Heathcoat Williams

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Dolphin watching tours and boat charters in South Africa

Dolphin watching tours are available Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, Hermanus, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth.
ZAR 850 – 1100 per person depending on area.

Oceans Africa is a marine tour and charter company. We are based in Cape Town where we we run exclusive tours and charters on our boat Sea Otter.

Dolphin Watching Tours

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Where to find dolphins in South Africa?

Dolphin watching tours and boat charters are available in most coastal regions of South Africa.

Outside of whale season there is still every reason to take boat based tour. Healthy populations of dolphins are to be found in almost all coastal regions and there are fantastic sightings to be had on any marine tour.

Dolphin species most frequently encountered include, bottlenose (Tursiops aduncus), common dolphins (Delphinus capensis), and humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis).

Dolphin Charters Cape Town

Dolphin watching tours in Cape Town

The waters surrounding Cape Town support perhaps the widest variety of dolphin species anywhere in South Africa, although sightings may be  less consistent than in other areas.

Depending on the season you may find, common, bottlenose and dusky dolphins in False Bay.

A marine tour on the Atlantic seaboard can reward you with common and dusky dolphins as well as the chance of finding Heavyside’s’ dolphins in the Granger Bay and Hout Bay area, where there are more or less resident populations of these energetic little cetaceans.

Dolphin watching tours South Africa
Dolphin in False Bay

With fantastic views of the mountains and the city and an abundance of marine life, an ocean safari from Cape town is seldom less than spectacular!

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Bottlenose Dolphin on The Garden Route

Dolphins on the Garden Route

Dolphin tours in Plettenberg Bay and Knysna

The Garden Route offers perhaps the best chances of dolphin encounters, with charters leaving from Plettenberg Bay, Knysna and Port Elizabeth.

These two hour (approx.) boat-based dolphin watching charters are offered daily, on demand.  After an exciting launch you will explore the local area and focus on finding dolphin activity.

As well as finding dolphins there are year-round sightings of Bryde’s whales in the Western Cape, Cape fur seals, sharks, sunfish (Mola Mola) and a wide variety of pelagic birds that are also frequently found on these trips. 

With an average group size of over 120 dolphins and a 90% successful sighting rate, you are unlikely to be disappointed in any marine tour along the Garden Route.

All whale and dolphin watching charters offered by Oceans Africa can be included into any of our standard tours and packages. Why not create your own custom tour package, by using our on-line quotation form, or simply send us an e-mail and we can work on an itinerary for you !

Terms and Conditions: Prices vary between regions and may change at any time. Special rates available  for groups on request. Payment in full secures booking. As with all wildlife tours there are no guaranteed sightings. 

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