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Whale watching

See the giants of the deep play

whale watching at its finest

The oceans off the southern tip of Africa offer some of the most exciting whale watching in the world with at least 37 different species of dolphins and whales calling these waters home!

The whale watching trip gives you an opportunity to marvel at the size and grace of these incredible animals and be thrilled by encounters with a host of other marine life including African penguins, Cape Fur seals, Cormorants, Bank Cormorants and possibly even sharks.

QUICK info

  • Simon's Town :

    Meeting: Simon’s Town Pier, Wharf Road.

  • Time:

    10H30 or 14H00 subject to tidal and weather conditions.

  • Excursion duration:

    2 – 2 ½ hours

  • Gansbaai :

    Meeting: The Great White House, Kleinbaai.

  • Meeting time:

    This will be confirmed with you the day before your trip as times vary with weather and tide conditions. 

  • Excursion duration:

    2 – 2 ½ hours

The Boat

The boat is 11.5m long and is designed specifically for whale watching. It is comfortable and spacious, with an on-board toilet and observation deck. 


COVID-19 Protocol

Safety is our # 1 Priority

Apex Shark Expeditions is committed to protecting staff and guests to ensure safety for every person. As such, we are following all government regulations as outlined here


Book with Confidence Terms

If travel restrictions are implemented by your local government or the government of South Africa to due to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) which means you are unable to travel, then the following will apply:


  • Free cancellation: 14 days prior departure

Applies to all new bookings placed from 15 April 2020 for travel between 1 May 2020 until 31 December 2021. 

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Please note:

Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

We will however, give you realistic expectations before making a booking

Bookings are essential as space is limited.

All payment is to be made in South African Rand. We require credit card details to secure a booking.


Whale watching

See the giants of the deep play

Simon's Town

Places from which to observe these gentle giants include False Bay which offers whales a safe haven to frolic in these protected waters. It is estimated that there are between 3 000 – 4 000 Southern Right Whales left in the world’s oceans and South Africa is privileged to have a major percentage of them visit its coasts annually. 

10H30 or 14H00

This location offers two departures daily. Meeting is at Simon’s Town Pier, Wharf Road in Simon's Town. 


Gansbaai is a quaint fishing village and is popular among tourists. It is known for its populations of Great White Sharks and its superb whale watching conditions. This trip is a marine seafari and there is the chance to see dolphins, penguins, seals and sharks.

09H45 or 11H45 +-

This location offers two departures daily. Meeting is at The Great White House, Kleinbaai in Gansbaai.

Whale watching

See the giants of the deep play

When to see what

The Southern Right Whales usually arrive in June and depart late November. Humpbacks migrate through the region between May and December while the Brydes Whales are found slightly further offshore all year round.

The area is most famous for encounters with Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales, and several coastal dolphin species. You can also see African Penguins, Cape Fur Seals, Black Oystercatchers and a variety of other marine life during a whale watching trip.


Whale watching

See the giants of the deep play


D) Shark Trip + Whale Watching Tour

Double up your experience! This special includes round trip transfers from Cape Town, one night bed and breakfast, light lunch, one shark trip and one whale watching/eco-marine tour departing Gansbaai FROM R 4500.00 per person sharing.

Watching Wildlife! Things change and we cannot guarantee sightings

Book this special

DISCOUNT - From R1500 per person for South African residents only. FREE cancellation 48 hours prior to trip.(T & C apply)

40% DISCOUNT for South African residents. Email us for YOUR special rate. Book with Confidence - Free cancellation 48 hours prior to trip date.(T & C apply) |