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Ocean Wildlife Encounter

Cape Town

Activity Description

Ocean Wonder is an owner-run service that offers boat-based Ocean Wildlife Encounters. These intimate trips don’t follow any set route. Instead, I’m guided by my understanding and ongoing observation of this environment, the creatures in it, and the ever-changing water and weather conditions.

These trips are all about finding and, where possible, interacting with some of the amazing creatures that frequent the rich waters around Cape Town.


Duration2 hours
WhenOnly available on scheduled time slots. Please contact for other times.
WhereOceana Power Boat Club. Haul Rd. Green Point. Cape Town
WeatherWeather and ocean condition dependent.
What to WearNB: DRESS VERY WARM because it gets EXTREMELY COLD on the water. A warm jacket and long pants are recommended. Pants are better than dresses or skirts because our life jackets have a strap that goes under your legs. A windbreaker and secure hat is a good idea.
Things to BringCamera Sunscreen
Guests or SpectatorsNot applicable


Minimum Age4 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight120.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions2 Hour Ocean Wildlife Encounter, on an exhilarating boat, with professional guide and Skipper.


Close encounters of the amazing kind
These trips are all about finding and, where possible, interacting with some of the amazing creatures that frequent the rich waters around Cape Town.

Expert Guided trips
There’s no set route. We’ll go where we can to find our oceanic friends. Normally it’s in the Table Bay area. I’m guided by local knowledge of the weather, the ocean and the patterns and movements of creatures in it.

Incredible environment
Besides the amazing animals that we encounter, it’s a really fun boat ride in an incredibly beautiful environment. The views of Table Mountain and Robben Island are amazing too.

The boat – Ocean Wonder
Ocean Wonder is a 7.2m Ballistic semi-rigid inflatable (SRI), powered by 2 × 90hp Yamaha motors. She’s very safe and has been approved by The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) as a commercial charter boat, allowed to carry up to 11 passengers. She’s furnished with all the required safety equipment and more.

Physical requirements
Pregnant women and people with back injuries that might be aggravated by the boat should be aware that it can be a bumpy ride.

Customer Reviews

Great outing, saw alot of wildlife including whales, seals, penguins and dolphins. Friendly and knowledgeable captain. Highly recommend. - David

Amazing experience on this calm, lovely day on the water. We observed seals feeding. Dolphins, numerous whales and a rare moon fish. Paul is veri experienced, in tune with the Ocean and a great guide on the water. Definitely an experience to be repeated. - Claudio

Great experience from start to finish! Excellent communication before the trip and a fun and informative experience! We saw whales, dolphin, seals, penguins and a sun fish! Paul has a clear love and respect of the ocean wildlife and also had some great restaurant recommendations! Dan. - Daniel

The best boat trip we have done anywhere in the world! We spent a fabulous afternoon on the water surrounded by incredible marine life, the highlight was a school of around 200 dolphins which we observed up close for ages. The backdrop of Table Mountain is breathtaking and adds to the atmosphere. Our skipper (Paul) was super friendly and knowledgeable and was genuinely enthusiastic about everything we saw. Don't hesitate to book this trip - you won't regret it. It's definitely 10 star worthy? We will be booking again on our return to the Motherland. - Jo

Our experience with Ocean Wonder Tour was pure magic. Paul was a very chill and competent tour guide. He has an obvious appreciation and respect for the creatures we saw. Would do it again in a heart beat. My 14 year old daughter loved the experience. Lovely way to see Cape Town from the Ocean. - Joanne

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