Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 18 August 2023:
We started rather early our day today, launching just as the sun showed up behind the mountains. And as we say: an early bird catches the whales! We were incredibly lucky to spot some whales at Pearly Beach and also encountered some African penguins out in the ocean hunting some fish. We made our way to the island system to see some playful and sleepy Cape Fur seals. Our second trip was a private charter and once again we had close Southern Right whales and enjoyed penguins and seals at Dyer Island and Geyser rock. For our third tour we went straight to Pearly Beach in hopes of finding whales and on the way we once again stopped for some penguin sightings. At Pearly Beach, we found a couple of incredible Southern Right whales once again. The day ended perfectly with our last two trips launching in the afternoon and encountering multiple adult Southern Right whales both in the shallow waters along with a pair in the deeper waters behind the islands. It seemed to be about the adults this afternoon and we enjoyed time spent with these gentle giants as they gracefully moved through the water. The fourth and fifth trips also enjoyed stops by the Cape fur seal colony, with the seals proving very active in the Alley waters along with sightings of the African penguin both in the water and on Dyer Island.
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