Dolphin Encounters Plettenberg Bay Garden Route


Dolphin Encounters Plettenberg Bay Garden Route

Encounter majestic animals and experience nature like never before on a boat-based dolphin-watching tour. 

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, make your way along Keurbooms beach towards Arch Rock. Along this stretch, you usually encounter bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, as well as some shark species.

From Arch Rock, cross the bay where pelagic seabirds 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, venture out to the wild side, occasionally seeing groups of whales and pods of dolphins.

Cruising back along the inside of Robberg, see the unique geology from this unusual perspective and 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, 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 experience with an exhilarating “James Bond” style landing on Central Beach.

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