Ocean Blue Adventures

Explore Plettenberg Bay with Ocean Blue Adventures, and experience close-up encounters with the breathtaking marine life abundant along the South African coast.

Grade

Pretty Wild

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Nearby

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

Ocean Blue Adventures offers guests unforgettable tours of the Plettenberg Bay waters that truly highlight the exquisite marine life that inhabit the South African coastline. Guests have the opportunity to not only spot the myriad of whales, dolphins, sharks and seals that call Plettenberg Bay home, but also have real close-up encounters with the whales and dolphins that would take anyone’s breath away.

Ocean Blue Adventures is the original company in South Africa to conduct professional conservation orientated whale and dolphin marine eco-tours. All of the staff are incredibly passionate about the ocean and its inhabitants, and their mission is to sustain marine and coastal resources through improved management, research and education.

The team is also passionate about the community and offer Cultural Township Tours that help benefit and uplift the local community.

Let the professional team at Ocean Blue Adventures take you on an incredible venture into the Bay, exploring all that it has to offer and more. Ocean Blue Adventures offer a variety of tours.

The Permitted Close Encounter Whale Watching tour: 1.5-2 hours (R750.00 per Adult, R400 per Child)

Description: Meeting point is at the Ocean Blue Adventures office situated in the Milkwood Centre, Hopwood street, 15 minutes prior to the departure time. The ecological adventure leaves from Central Beach with an exciting beach launch and heads east past the bird sanctuary and Keurbooms beach to Arch Rock. Here, guests usually encounter Bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins, as well as some shark species. From Arch Rock, the tour heads into the middle of the Bay where pelagic seabirds are normally to be found some 7km from the shore. Out there, the resident Bryde’s whales may be seen, as well as Common dolphins or Southern Right and Humpback whales during their season. The tour then traverses the Bay to the point of Robberg Peninsula and out to the Wild side, often seeing groups of whales and pods of dolphins. Cruising back along the inside of Robberg, guests see the unique geology from this unusual viewpoint and can observe the growing Cape Fur Seal Colony. Finally, the tour heads back along the Robberg beach, while a brief rundown on the history of the area is given. After passing the Beacon Island Hotel, built on the site of an original Whaling Station, the tour ends with an exhilarating landing, again on Central Beach.

Dolphin Encounters: 1.5-2 Hours (R500 per Adult, R250 per Child)

Description: Meeting point is at the Ocean Blue Adventures office situated in the Milkwood Centre, Hopwood street, 15 minutes prior to the departure time. The ecological adventure leaves from Central Beach with an exciting beach launch and heads east past the bird sanctuary and Keurbooms beach to Arch Rock. Here, guests usually encounter Bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins, as well as some shark species. From Arch Rock, the tour heads into the middle of the Bay where pelagic seabirds are normally to be found some 7km from the shore. Out there the resident Bryde’s whales may be seen, as well as Common dolphins or Southern Right and Humpback whales during their season. The tour then traverses the Bay to the point of Robberg Peninsula and out to the Wild side, often seeing groups of whales and pods of dolphins. Cruising back along the inside of Robberg, guests see the unique geology from this unusual viewpoint and can observe our growing Cape Fur Seal Colony. Finally, the tours heads back along the Robberg beach, while a brief rundown on the history of the area is given. After passing the Beacon Island Hotel, built on the site of an original Whaling Station, the tour ends with an exhilarating landing, again on Central Beach.

Cultural Township Tour: 1 Hour (Price from R250.00 per person)

Description: Meeting point is at the Ocean Blue Adventures office situated in the Milkwood Centre, Hopwood street, 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Experience an African way of life by exploring the everyday life of a real African; with a guided tour, you are able to explore interesting facts about the Xhosa history and Tribal culture. Meet the local children at the crèche and be entertained by their beautiful voices in song. See where the locals buy their everyday essentials. The Township tours offer close and personal interaction with the local community. Ocean Blue Adventures is investing in environmentally correct measures, such as the Program of Community Vegetable Gardens. This project, with relatively small contribution of resources, can benefit and reach a great number of people living in Qolweni with only 20% of this community working. Guests meet at the Ocean Blue Shop, where they meet with their guide and depart for the memory bridge (Bridge over the national road leading into Qolweni). Guests are required to use their personal vehicles and once they have met at the Ocean Blue shop, they are required to pick up the guide and return the guide after the cultural tour. On crossing over the bridge, the tour takes a walk to the Siyakula Pre School where teachers welcome guests to the children. Guests participate in a full tour of the school and end with the children in choir. They will be taken to the spaza shop and shabeen before meeting the locals at their homes. After which, guests will end the tour at the siyakhula nursery school before departing back to the Bridge.

How does the community benefit? The funds raised through the township tours and a percentage of Ocean Blue Adventures’ turnover gets utilized to pay Teachers Salaries and towards the maintenance of the Qolweni crèche. This gives all children the opportunity for the education they deserve and allows their parents to seek employment knowing their children are well looked after and fed. The trust also creates jobs by employing teachers for the crèche. Currently the crèche has a principal and 7 teachers looking after 240 children. Ocean Blue is now in the process of building another classroom to accommodate more children, bringing the number of classrooms to 5.

Ocean Blue understands that Community Development and Upliftment is a very important aspect of implementing their ideals. That being, Realistic and Marine Mammal conservation. Therefore, the team chose to work together with the most disadvantaged sector of the community through the formation of the Qolweni community Development Trust.

Ocean Blue Adventures, is the original company in South Africa to conduct professional conservation orientated whale and dolphin marine eco-tours. In Cooperation with the Qolweni Community Development Trust the emphasis of all our operations is placed on Conservation through Community Development, Education and Research. Ocean Blue Adventure’s aim is to give a holistic real marine experience to all guests, aimed at raising awareness of Marine Mammal Conservation and the direct need to realistically conserve the oceans.

Ocean Blue Adventures are the proud holders of a specialist permit (COVERS 3RD PARTY, INSURANCE ETC) which allows them (when possible) to carefully approach the whales, offering guests the unequalled opportunity of a really up-close and personal encounter with these majestic animals. Ocean Blue Adventures prides itself on the experienced qualifications and enthusiasm of their informative guides (naturalists) as well as their vast knowledge and passion for the marine environment. As they are wild mammals and you are visiting them in their own territory, the team is acutely aware of not encroaching on them, and the team strives to ensure that they remain totally wild and unharassed.

On all of the tours, guests’ comfort and safety is of paramount importance. The custom-built craft are fully equipped with life jackets, including children’s, and all necessary safety equipment, high quality warm and waterproof all-weather gear is provided, as is sun block and refreshments.

The percentage chance of seeing the following on any one day, except high Whale Season, when the chances of seeing whales improve to 100% on most days – with a Bay full of Southern Rights, close encounters are as close to assured as possible when dealing with free and wild marine mammals.

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