Whale, Dolphin & Penguin Island Cruise

4 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


Our cruise is unique in that we operate in the diverse Algoa Bay, rich in wildlife and history. Visiting St Croix island, home to half the worlds remaining endangered African Penguins. This tour is run just once a day instead of trying to run multiple cruises in one day. This ensures that our skippers and guides are fresh and alert for every cruise and makes it possible to spend more time and effort searching for wildlife in our Bay or observing something special that we come across provided that no one on board is in a rush to get back for a flight or bookings previously made. Our main focus is education, conservation and assisting in research which is made possible by the funds generated from our Marine Eco-Cruises out into Algoa Bay. Trees are planted to balance our carbon footprint for each cruise conducted. We use smaller boats so as to keep our cruises personal. Our skippers and Guides are very knowledge and are there to answer any questions and see to the needs of our Guests.


  • Snacks - We provide spring water on tap and fresh croissants to snack on during our crusies

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

We meet our guests at 8am and after a short briefing before we head out into PE's beautiful Algoa Bay on our twin-engine catamaran. The whale season begins in June when we see humpback whales moving along the coast as they head up the East coast of Africa towards their breeding grounds. Humpback whales can be seen in Algoa Bay from June to early December. They make their return journey from October, females with calves in tow. Southern right whales can be seen close in shore from July to September.

Duration: 4 hours

Pass By: Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins are the most frequently observed dolphins in the bay and can be spotted all year round, in groups from 10-400. These playful dolphins are mostly found in shallow waters either near the beaches or around St Croix Island, and tend to come right up to the boat and ride along in the bow waves. Common dolphins are also a spectacular sight as they are seen in groups of 1000-2000, swimming along at great speeds. These dolphins are often spotted all year round further out to sea, especially on the bird island tours, as they follow large shoals of baitfish which move past the bay. We also get humpback dolphins in Algoa Bay, which usually occur in much smaller groups, anywhere between 1 and 20, and are most commonly seen during the summer months.

Pass By: Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

St. Croix Island is home to 12, 000 endangered African penguins, the largest breeding colony found in Africa (though we have lost 70% in 10 years). It is here where you will get a close-up encounter with these comical birds. The African penguin’s breeding season reaches its peak between March and May, when you may be able to see the chicks from the boat. As well as African penguins, both St. Croix and Brenton Island are inhabited by the endangered African black oystercatcher, white-breasted cormorants and Cape cormorants. The St. Croix Island group, along with the Bird Island group, became part of the Addo Elephant National Park, allowing rangers to patrol the islands in aid of conservation efforts to protect the African penguin population. As they are Marine Protected Are-as, please note that you are not allowed to actually go on to the islands.

Pass By: Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

Next to the above-mentioned animals you have the opportunity to see of spotting white-breasted cormorants, Cape cormorants, bryde’s whales, minke whales, Cape fur seals, various species of sharks, Cape gannets and various species of pelagic birds including terns, petrels, skuas, shearwa-ters and albatrosses.

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Disabled who can board with assistance from family and crew are welcome to join. There is no age restriction. Life jackets are available for all ages
  • Please join at your own discretion regarding health and fitness
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
Tobias S
May 2022

It was a long boat trip, but it was definitely worth it! We were able to spot some wales but most exciting were the many dolphins swimming and jumping next to the boat! There were hundreds, maybe even thousands -- very impressive! Also the hospitality by Purity & Lloyd was great, very friendly ...

May 2022

The trip was wonderful, our guides (Purity and Thembisa) were friendly and very knowledgable on the wildlife and the history of Port Elizabeth. We saw seals, dolphins, penguins and humpback whales and also learnt a lot about what Raggy Charters are currently doing to protect the wild life and wa...

Lennart v
May 2022

Amazing experience with plenty of dolphins, whales en penguins! The crew is super professional and will give you a wonderful time whilst being out on the ocean! We were there during the sardine run which was spectacular.

March 2022

Jake and his team are awesome. We had an amazing trip that took in Dolphins, Penguins, sharks and even 2 humpback whales. Educational and fun....highly recommend. Thank you for such a great start to our family holiday in South Africa!

May 2022

Unforgettable experience! We saw 2 humpback whales, hundred of dolphins, adorable pinguins, and many birds. Thank you very much to the amazing team of Raggy Charters for their kindness, their professionalism, and their engagement to climate and wildlife preservation!

April 2022

One of the best experiences I ever had! The whole crew and team was super knowledgeable and really cares about the environment and the safety of the animals. Purity and Thembisa was our guides and literally knew all the questions I wanted to ask and they are super kind and friendly to be around. ...

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