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Whale watching - Simon's Town

Cape Town

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Activity Description

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.
Around June each year the Southern Right whales tend to arrive, and usually depart late November. Between May and mid-February, we see the Humpback whales migrate through the region, and we are fortunate to have the Brydes whales offshore all year round.

The area, however, is famous for the frequent encounters with Southern Right whales, Humpback whales, as well as a number of species of coastal dolphins. You also have the chance to see Cape Fur seals, African penguins, oystercatchers, and a variation of marine life.


Duration2 hours 30 minutes
WhenThe service is available from 1 June to mid-February each year.
WhereBoardwalk Centre, Main Road, Simon's Town. When the supergroups of Humpback whales are here, we may launch from the Hout Bay harbour. This will be confirmed the day beforehand.
WeatherThis service is weather dependent. We receive our final weather report at 14h00 each day and the decision to put to sea is made by the skipper based on this weather update. We will, therefore, confirm or cancel the afternoon prior to your trip.
What to WearWarm clothing in winter: June to September – Closed shoes, long pants, waterproof jacket and cap / beanie. In summer: October – April – a wind breaker, cap / hat.
Things to BringDress in layers, Warm weather jacket, closed shoes, beanie, scarf, hat/cap, polarized sunglasses, sun block & camera.
Guests or SpectatorsSpectators can wait for the guests at our offices until the boat returns.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsIncluded in the price is refreshments on the boat, safety equipment like life jackets, boat trip and a qualified skipper
ExclusionsItems of a personal nature.


How to avoid sea-sickness
Avoid any alcohol the evening before your trip, or at least drink with moderation. Alcohol and hangovers are a near guarantee for sea-sickness.
Take an anti-motion sickness tablet the evening before your trip, and another one an hour before boarding the boat (these are available at any pharmacy without prescription – we recommend Dramamine or Stugeron).


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Customer Reviews

The Apex and Boat Company staff we both really helpful. Our trip went ahead as planned but the skipper found the water too rough to get very far so we returned after an hour. We reached the Cape Fur Seals and hugged the shore at Boulders Beach to see the African Penguins. Without prompting from the passengers, the staff offered a reduced price which was a nice touch. - Richard

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