Experience a close encounter with whales along the Knysna coastline. JUNE – NOVEMBER ONLY.


Get up close and personal with whales and other marine life in the Knysna Heads and coastline.

Our operator is Knysna’s only official whale-watching permit holder, allowing you to approach whales to within 50m. If the whale chooses to come closer, the cruise doesn’t have to move away. With a maximum of 25 passengers on board, personal service is guaranteed. Approaching a whale requires incredible skill and understanding of the behaviour of these gentle giants. Our skippers are well aware of the strict guidelines set in place by the permit and respect that they are in the whale’s domain.

During the tour, stops are made to watch whales, dolphins, sharks, and seals, as well as any seabirds that may be encountered. Other interesting features pointed out to clients include cultural facts, shipwrecks, geology, bird colonies, and anecdotal information. During whale season, regular sightings of Southern Right whales and Humpback whales are spotted. Both species travel to South African waters for their breeding season. During the peak whale season, whales are spotted on 95% of cruises.

This is an ocean-going trip and is weather and sea conditions dependent. Only the skipper of the vessel can make a judgement call on these conditions which are determined on the day of the charter. Conditions are influenced by tide, wind direction & speed, and sea swell, therefore going out through the Knysna Heads to the ocean is never guaranteed.

Minimum of 4 pax per trip.

Only available from June – November.

Highlights include:
  • 1.5 – 2 hour close encounter whale-watching cruise of the Knysna estuary and the beautiful coastline (weather & sea conditions permitting)
  • Stand a chance to get up close to whales, sharks, dolphins, seabirds, and much more!

Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Inclusions: Cruise and a life jacket.
Exclusions: Food and other beverages (Besides bottled water) is not allowed on this tour. Items of personal nature

Guests are required to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure and cannot under any circumstances be late for any charter.
Sea sickness
If this is your first time out on the ocean, you may want to consider motion sickness medications. These can usually be found at most pharmacies.
Children welcome when accompanied by parents, no experience necessary
Please note that this is not a permitted close encounter whale-watching tour.
Minimum of 4 guests required to run this trip.
If the minimum number of guest have not been reached by the time of the service, the trip will either be cancelled or guests are welcome to pay the minimum fee equivalent to 4 adult tickets to proceed with trip.
HOW TO BOOK: the BOOK NOW button for this activity will direct you to our live bookings page.
– Click the BOOK NOW button
– choose your date and time slot
– add the number of adults and kids for the activity
– BOOK – enter your details and proceed with payment
– only once payment has been received, will your booking be confirmed and your Activity Ticket/Voucher be sent to you by e-mail
Scroll to Top