Knysna: Close Encounter Whale Watching Tour by Boat

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Come join a close encounter whale watching, departing daily from Thesen Island. Sail through the Knysna Heads and out to sea in search of Humpback and Southern Right whales.


  • See the the captivating and diverse natural landscape of the Knysna estuary
  • Sail through the rugged and iconic Knysna Heads, a pair of sandstone cliffs
  • Catch rare ocean sightings of huge Humpback and Southern Right whales
  • See marine life in the Indian Ocean - dolphins, seals, penguins, and more


Come get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the ocean on this 2-hour whale watching tour! Your trip begins as your captain navigates you through the Knysna Estuary and then you'll head out towards the vast and beautiful Indian Ocean. Every year, both the southern right and humpback whales leave their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica and migrate to mate and calve in the warmer waters of the Southern African coastline - this makes Knysna one of the best whale-watching destinations in the country. The tour will be narrated by an experienced skipper and guide who will share with you fascinating information about the lives of these whales. Your adventure will also be assisted by an experienced whale spotter who is in radio contact with all skippers, so you can be directed to any sightings. Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life as well - you may even spot a dolphin or a penguin or two!


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Important Information

  • All tours are always sea and weather conditions permitting. Only the skipper of the vessel can make a judgment call on these conditions which are determined on the day of the tour, and passengers will be contacted on the day if conditions are not ideal for the activity
  • Sightings are not guaranteed as this is wildlife in their natural environment
  • Minimum of 4 passengers required to proceed with the activity. If minimum pax is not reached we will notify you before the activity
  • Life jackets are compulsory
  • Seasickness is prone to those that experience motion sickness. We do recommend motion sickness tablets (only available at pharmacies) or bands for those individuals

Easy cancellation

Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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