Our day trip options (Book online – pre-booking essential):
1. Islands Cruise, become part of history: R950 per person (minimum 6 persons aboard – our shortest trip)
Depart Port and travel straight to St Croix, experience the Addo National Park Islands, Brenton, Jaheel and St Croix, first mentioned by Bartholomew Diaz, a Portuguese navigator whose discovery in 1488 showed the sea way to India, mentioning Algoa Bay the first time. We will see African penguins, whales and dolphins en route. Water and snacks will be provided.
2. Whale and Dolphin sightings: R1200 per person (minimum 6 persons aboard)
We are licensed to take you as close as 50 meters away from whales and dolphins.
On departing from the Port, we will go directly to the the last known sightings of dolphins and last position of Humpback Whales, Southern Right Whales, Brydes Whales or Killer Whales. Once sighted we will spend up to 1.5 hours with the animals watch their behaviour and explain to you in detail what we are observing! Algoa Bay is unique and hosts whales all year long! Water and snacks will be provided..
3. Sardine Run & Whale and Dolphin sightings: R1400 per person (minimum 6 persons aboard)
From January to August we are able to show you Sardine Run activity which provides a rich food source for predators such as Common Dolphins, Brydes Whales and Killer Whales (Orcas). We will spend up to 2 hours with the animals observing their behaviour and describing in detail what is happening underwater and on the surface of the ocean! Algoa Bay is unique and we see whales all year long! Water and snacks will be provided.
6 Day Weather Forecast for Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality
More about our local weather:
Our weather patterns come from the West. Algoa Bay is east facing and the two prevailing winds are from the west and the east. The west wind tends to flatten the sea whilst the east wind will bring large swells into Algoa Bay. The East is the preferred wind for sailors and Kite Surfers (who prefer an onshore wind) with it’s large swells and higher winds making for exhilarating wet sailing. Surfers look out for an east followed by a west to flatten the large swells and make them surf-able. Smaller vessels tend to get wet in high east winds and the ride can be bumpy.
The AB Marine vessel is the largest vessel in Algoa Bay offering Whale Watching with an elevated deck so, in comparison to other vessels, our passengers do not get as wet when the sea conditions turn ugly.
Different tours will benefit from different weather conditions as we go to different parts of the Bay. Compounding the conundrum is the fact that we need a high concentration of fish stock within the confines of the bay in order to see the predators such as Whales, Sharks and Dolphins. Here we rely on the counter current and the East wind to bring swell into the bay.
So, the ideal time to see whales and dolphins is ‘normally’ under a combination of factors: the right time of the season, after a prolonged east wind, followed by a gentle west, lots of bait fish activity PLUS the counter Agulhas current working in our favour to bring nutrients and fish into Algoa Bay.