Whale Watching Plettenberg Bay

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Get out on the water and go searching for whales and dolphins, the Ocean’s most majestic creatures. Cruise through the awe-inspiring, but intimidating Knysna Heads and into the vast Indian Ocean. See immense schools of dolphins darting under the boat and playing in the wake left behind.

Watch the video below for a sneak preview of your whale watching adventure.


  • Exquisite natural beauty
  • Cruise through the Knysna Heads, one of Africa’s most infamous ports
  • See whales and dolphins
  • For all members of the family, loved by kids
  • Flexible time slots
  • Professional skipper and guide

Know before you book

  • Brings something warm
  • Not an adrenaline pumping boat ride
  • Whales and dolphins not garaunteed
  • Tour dependant on weather





Whale Watching From Knysna, Thesen Island

Whales and dolphins, some of the most elegant and peaceful creatures in the ocean. Watching these creatures is an experience for the soul. Although incredibly exciting and awe-inspiring, seeing these magnificent ocean beasts up close leaves one in a calm, almost meditative state.

From Platt, in order to partake in a close encounter whale watching tour, you will have to take a short 45-minute drive to Knysna, a neighbouring coastal town.

Knysna is situated on a dramatically beautiful lagoon. Protected by The Heads, this calm body of water is where your trip will start. You are provided with the necessary gear, given a short safety talk, and whisked away by boat.

This is where your adventure becomes interesting, as soon as you leave the harbour, Knysna’s stunning lagoon begins to woo you. The amazing birdlife is overshadowed by the lagoon’s dramatic landscape.

Steep hills and sharp cliffs keep the ocean at bay, leaving just a small corridor to connect the lagoon with the Ocean. This corridor is flanked by two towering cliffs on either side, known as The Knysna Heads.

Your trip will take you through the heads, and out into the Indian Ocean. This stretch of open blue is known to be particularly healthy. It is blessed with year-round dolphin and whale sightings.

Bryde and Minke whales can be seen all year round, while humpback whales can be seen Between may and November. Otherwise, sharks, Cape Fur Seals, marine birdlife, as well as a range of dolphin species can also be seen.

Please note that all trips are dependant on the weather. Poor weather or ocean conditions may result in a postponement or cancellation.


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8.8Expert Score
Value for money
  • Get up close and personal with wild whales and dolphins
  • Whale spotter on the hill
  • Unrivalled natural beauty
  • Professional Guide
  • Can get cold
  • No guarantee of sightings
  • Tour is weather dependant

Specification: Whale Watching Plettenberg Bay


Not Accessible


2 hrs


Gratuity (optional)


Bottled water, Entrance fees, Local guide

Meals & Drinks

Bottled water available, No meals provided


Not Provided

Suitable For

Not suitable for persons with back problems, Not suitable for those who suffer from extreme motion sickness

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  1. Deal Hunter

    What an adventure! Cruising through the Knysna Heads was exhilarating, but also magnificently beautiful. The little coves on the way out are incredibly picturesque.

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