See whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, penguins and other marine in Algoa Bay!
Raggy Charters is a licensed boat-based Whale Watching permit holder and now also has the rights to a permit for Shark Cage Diving in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The most amazing marine life can be found in the Algoa Bay, also known as the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World. What to Expect on Sea Cruises African Penguins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Humpback Dolphins, Bryde’s Whales, Minke Whales, Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, Cape Fur Seals, various species of sharks (Great White Shark), Cape Gannets and various species of Pelagic Birds including Terns, Petrels, Skuas, Shearwaters and Albatrosses can be found in the Algoa Bay. As far as we are aware we are the oldest Marine Eco Tour Company combined with a conservation project in Africa – since 1992. We are owner run and managed and use the volunteer system to assist in our tours and projects. Funds generated from whale watching boat cruises, African penguin boat cruises and other marine eco-tours with Raggy Charters are used to fund the Baywatch Project and the Penguin Research Fund. Raggy Charters undertakes regular beach clean-ups in the Port Elizabeth area and has started an initiative to offset our carbon footprint by planting one indigenous tree for every boat cruise we do.
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ABOUT RAGGY CHARTERS
As far as we are aware we are also the oldest marine eco-tour company combined with a conservation project in Africa – since 1992. We are owner run and managed and use the volunteer system to assist in our tours and projects. We specialize in taking tourists, photographers, corporate office party groups, TV crews, and marine wildlife enthusiasts on ocean safaris to watch the whales, dolphins, penguins and other natural wonders of Algoa Bay.
Our wildlife and whale watching boat cruises possibly cover the longest distance of any ocean safari along the South African coast, lasting for 3-4 hours and covering 50km. This provides guests with a better chance of seeing the full array of marine wildlife Algoa Bay has to offer.
Port Elizabeth is a hidden gem in South Africa for whale watching and other wildlife viewings. With seasonal visits from Southern right whales, humpback whales, and Indo-pacific humpback dolphins. We have the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world right on our doorstep. As well as our other resident species including bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, Bryde’s whales, Cape gannets and more. All year round we at Raggy Charters can offer guests some great wildlife viewing experiences in our secret and undisturbed bay.
Funds generated from whale watching boat cruises, African penguin boat cruises and other marine eco-tours with Raggy Charters are used to fund the Baywatch Project and the Penguin Research Fund.
Raggy Charters undertakes regular beach clean-ups in the Port Elizabeth area and has started an initiative to offset our carbon footprint by planting one indigenous tree for every boat cruise we do.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
If you book a tour, the following terms and conditions may apply. By using the facilities that we have provided, you implicitly agree to these conditions.
For some bookings, we may require a deposit be paid in advance, the balance of which is to be paid on or before the day of your tour.
A cancellation fee will be applied to these bookings should you not join the tour, or cancel less than 48 hours before the tour is set to commence.
Should the tour not go ahead due to adverse weather conditions a full refund will be given.
Should the tour be unable to take place due to any unforeseen reason (weather, cancellations etc.) we will endeavor to notify guests the night before.
My China – Our 35-foot catamaran able to carry 20 passengers plus 3 crew. My China was built in 2018 to assist with our Shark Cage Diving and Whale Watching Cruises in Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth. Read more about the Launch of My China
Orca 2- Our 35-foot catamaran able to carry 18 passengers plus 2 crew. Built-in 2002 to take guests into the beautiful waters of Algoa Bay and show off both the St Croix Island and Bird Island groups, with the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world and the largest gannetry on the planet. This vessel was designed to get guests up close and personal with these incredible animals! (and is our back up whale watching vessel).
Winkle – Our 28-foot catamaran able to carry 10 passengers plus 2 crew. Winkle was built in 2011 to help us with our vital penguin research we have been carrying out in Algoa Bay since 2008. Our research into the decline of the African penguin has proven the cause to be overfishing of sardine and anchovy populations, which can be monitored with this research vessel. It is also our designated whale watching vessel, with which we can get 50 meters away from the ocean’s giants!
All Raggy Charters’ boats are SAMSA certified and were specifically designed with the Eastern Cape ocean conditions in mind, to make them as comfortable as possible for our guests!
Raggy Charters offer a variety of Boat Cruises in Port Elizabeth, which span from the shorter beach front boat cruise, through to the extended island boat cruises that take guests out to see St Croix Island or Bird Island.
While on these sea cruises guests are often spoilt for choice with close encounters with large pods of Dolphin, the African Penguin, Cape Fur Seal and a variety of Whale Species, including the Southern Right Whale and Humpback Whale