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Plettenberg Bay is one of the very best locations worldwide for boat-based whale- and dolphin-watching. Most days, visitors see at least two cetacean species and Cape fur seals, as well as a variety of seabirds, including Cape gannets and African penguins. On some days people have seen up to six cetacean species in the course of a few hours.
Two similar operators have you board an open vehicle outside a shop and from there step directly onto a boat at the beach. Boats are fast, safe, and dry. Both operators offer similar trips, and boats are licensed to come as close as 164 feet to the whales. These trips are limited in season to one trip per company per day in order to minimize disturbance to the whales.
Ocean Blue Adventures. Ocean Blue has a 1½–2-hour whale-watching trip that costs R700 and a dolphin-watching trip that costs R440. Sightings are not guaranteed, but the adventure of going out to sea in a launch and beaching again is worth the trip alone. En route, they take you past Robberg, which is home to a colony of Cape fur seals. Hopwood St., Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay, 6600. 044/533–5083. email@example.com. www.oceanadventures.co.za.
Ocean Safaris. This group runs regular whale-watching trips from the beach area. These last 1½ to two hours and cost R700. Trips to see dolphins cost R450. Hopwood St., Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay, 6600. 082/784–5729. www.oceansafaris.co.za.