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Durban: Durban: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

Durban: Durban: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Tour

From US$ 38.70 per person

Cruise for 2 hours out onto the Indian Ocean and watch migratory humpback whales up close. Discover more about them with a guide and keep an eye out for other local marine life, including dolphins.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Marvel at humpback whales in their natural habitat during the winter months
  • See these gigantic mammals play and swim on their arduous migratory trek
  • Learn about the life, behavior, and characteristics of the whales with a guide
  • Discover other local marine life, such as dolphins, fish, and birds
  • Sight various local marine life including dolphins all year round
Full description

Take an exhilarating 2-hour cruise into the Indian Ocean and encounter one of the world's most magnificent mammals, the humpback whale, at close range. Admire the inquisitive whales in their natural habitat, and learn about them and other local marine life with a qualified whale tour guide. After greeting your guide at the meeting point, board your 11-passenger semi-rigid inflatable boat, registered with SAMSA as a suitable Whale and Dolphin Watching boat since 2012 and holder of one of the limited whale watching permits in Durban. Head out onto the deep blue ocean toward the Mozambican current, and enjoy the views from your front-facing seats with the skipper/crew behind you. From June to November every year, look out for the spectacular breaches of the whales above the water as they travel on their migratory route from the Southern Oceans to warmer tropical waters for mating and giving birth, and on their return toward the nutrient-rich waters of Antarctica. If you're lucky, delight in the mesmerizing experience of a mother feeding or playing with her calf, or older calves jumping and teasing one another, seeking the attention of the adults. As well as whales, this tour offers the opportunity to watch dolphins frolicking in the swells and, on occasion, see turtles come out of the awesome clear depths to feed on what's on the surface.

Marvel at the local wildlife big and small, from birds and fish to the enormous humpback whales themselves, which reach approximately 15 meters (49 feet) in length and weigh about 30 tons. Occasionally there are orca, manta rays, and killer sharks too.

  • Whale watching boat trip
  • Guide
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

The Isle of Capri Cruises office is located on the Wilson's Wharf Marina, at the Casadena Spur end of the complex. Your ticket must be presented at the office/kiosk 30 minutes before the departure time.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Scarf
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Swimming

Know before you go

  • Whale and dolphin sightings are contingent on the time of year. In the winter months, there are dolphins and whales in the area. Whales pass Durban anytime from May to November annually. During the summer months, whales migrate elsewhere. During these months, you will instead go dolphin watching and see other sea creatures
  • Swimming with the animals is not permitted
  • No food is provided aboard but you can take some snacks along. There is a restaurant where you can purchase food and a big selection of restaurants to choose from at the end of the excursion
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 15 reviews

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According to the voucher you should be there by 7 a.m. Unfortunately, everything was closed on site and the guide only came at 7:20 a.m. although it was supposed to start at 7:30 a.m. That made me a little uneasy. After that everything was perfect. The guide kept an eye out for whales. When he saw some, he drove straight there and explained everything to us. In the course of the journey we discovered, in the far distance, jumping whales. The guide went there immediately and we were able to see a few jumps up close. It was a successful trip. Thanks

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October 2, 2022

Myself and my daughter arrived and were met by friendly staff who quickly processed our passes and we were kindly asked to wait 15 minutes. Benny was our pilot and he guided us safely out of the port into open seas. He was a great pilot constantly telling us interesting facts about the KZN area, marine life and Durban. After around 20 minutes we spotted a whale and her calf and followed them for a long while. Took some great pics and enjoyed tearing through the swells. I highly recommend this activity and suggest the best times for whale watching is Aug through to end of Oct. Cheers Al and Olivia from the UK

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October 31, 2019

The tour guide was friendly and had good knowledge. We got to see a whale and her calf once but saw a lot of dolphins. He extended the time of our tour so we could watch the dolphins longer

September 10, 2022

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