Ocean Safaris offer exciting whale and dolphin watching trips guided by knowledgeable qualified skippers. They are permitted to conduct close encounters with whales and belief in Responsible Tourism and Business. Working together to keep the oceans clean.

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Pop in to their interesting office on the Island on Central Brach to find out more. You’ll find a warm welcome, reconstructed skeletons, whalebones, free Internet and coffee.

Ocean Safaris is the premier boat based whale and dolphin watching company on the Garden Route.

Ocean Safaris is FTTSA-certified. FTTSA awards the use of special label to qualifying businesses as a way of signifying their commitment to Fair Trade criteria including fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing, fair operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and environment.

By electing to use the services of an FTTSA-certified establishment, tourists are assured that their travel benefits local communities and economies, and that the business is operated ethically and in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.

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Located in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route. Our location is a natural magnet to visitors from near and far, both human and aquatic. (34 03.354’ S 23 23.344’ E). Our bay is protected from most prevailing sea and weather conditions by the spectacular Robberg Peninsula. This means that we can launch more frequently than any other operator in the country.

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Taking a cruise with us will assure you of an exclusive, legal and environmentally sensitive encounter with our marine co-habitants while we actively participle in the documenting of valuable research on whales and dolphins that we encounter during your tour. This information is forwarded to government research departments.

Sightings all year round include Common, Humpback and Bottlenose dolphins; Brydes whales; various sharks; Cape fur seals and pelagic birds among other surprises.

During whale season (July to December) we conduct awe inspiring close-encounter experiences with Southern Right and Humpback whales.

We pride ourselves on having the right vessels for the job at hand. All our boats are specially designed for maximum viewing pleasure and are safety certified by SAMSA.

Ocean Safaris offers an assortment of ocean safaris that includes whale and dolphin watching and marine tours. These tours make for excellent team-building experiences, or are suited for small family groups. The company started in 1997, where small groups of sunbathers were invited to join on a rubber duck to try and spot some dolphins, whales and other ocean creatures. Later in 1999 the company expanded into an officially licensed whale watching company within the Plettenberg Bay region in the Western Cape.

We take care to ensure all our passengers safety as well as the safety of the creatures we may come across by strictly complying to stringent rules and regulations as set down by the South African Maritime Safety Association and the SABBWWA.

Owner Marlon Baartman has worked extensively for many years with Ocean Safaris and he was given the opportunity to acquire the establishment in 2015. As a family run business, Ocean Safaris ensures that we continue the original vision of providing great ocean safari experiences for all our passengers. We are members of the South African Boat-Based Whale Watching Association (SABBWWA); hence we comply with all the regulations set to aid sustainable growth of new Eco-activity within South Africa. Marlon has several years of experience as a skipper along with guide Ashwynn Baartman, which makes Ocean Safaris one of South Africa’s leading ocean tour and whale watching companies in the Western Cape. We ensure not only the safety and well-being of the ocean creatures that we encounter but also of our passengers. All of our skippers are officially trained and accredited by the South African Maritime Safety Association. Our main offices are located within the Garden Route, but we service clients from all over the world.

We cater for private groups of up to 30 passengers at a time and less as well as group tours and our ocean safaris. Ocean Safaris is 100% BBBEE Company, dedicated to ensuring previously underprivileged South Africans are given opportunities within our industry.

Plettenberg Bay is one of the few coastlines in South Africa that has the possibility of sighting Whales throughout the year thanks to our resident Brydes Whales.  Official whale watching season runs from July to November in Plettenberg Bay and this is the best time of the year to go whale watching and view Southern Right and Humpback Whales in South Africa, particularly Plettenberg Bay.

The best time to view dolphins in Plettenberg Bay is the summer months although we do sight dolphins during the winter months too.  We have 3 types of dolphins that visit our coast:  Bottlenose dolphins, Humpback Dolphins and Common Dolphins.

Besides whales and dolphins, Plettenberg Bay – Garden Route has an ever growing Cape Fur Seal poplation on Robberg Peninsula where these little creatures entertain our guests with their cute antics.

Our bay is full of surprises and we never know from trip to trip what marine animal may pop in for a visit.  We have had sightings of turtles, penguins, sunfish, Orca’s, Cape Clawless Otters not to mention the array of pelagic birds (seabirds).

Cathy Hazell


Wow, what a beautiful bay to experience such lovely animals. Plettenberg Bay is such a stunning town and the weather while we were there was great. Supposed to be winter but you wouldn’t say so. The staff are great and really know their stuff. We spent another 40min in the shop looking at all the interesting stuff and answering a couple of important mails. Thank you Ocean Safaris and we will certianly spread the word about this great town.

Nolan Danster


Splendid, absolutely an amazing experience!

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Join us for the best “seafari” by far
This ocean adventure is nothing short of spectacular

Telephone :      +27 82 784 5729
Email         :      book@oceansafaris.co.za

Directions to Ocean Safaris

From the N2, turn into Plettenberg Bay at the Shell Garage. At a traffic circle turn into Marine Drive and travel past another two circles. After the second circle (one with dolphins on it), continue straight and head down a hill (Oddlands Drive). At the bottom of the hill turn left into Hopwood Street. Look for the office on the island with Orange Roof.