Traveled: 2011-09-18, Reviewed: 2012-09-20
Safe approach to whales / dolphins
Valuable learning experience
Minimal impact on the marine environment
Own research / support for conservation
I always make a "pigrimage" to see the Souther Right Whales when they visit the shores of my home town during our winter months. Generally I view them from the shoreline as they frequently come in very close. However a trip out with The Simonstown Boat company has to have been the highlight of my numerous whale watching expeditions. I have subsequently been out with them again but on this first trip I was spellbound by the numbers and sizes of the whales. You can't really get any idea of how magificent they are from the shore, how wonderfully spectacular the size of these gentle giants.
Kari, the onboard marine biologist kept us all informed about the whales and much of the other spectacular marine life in the bay, from the resident dolphins and Bryde's Whales to the seals and penguins on Seal Island and Dave, the Captain, has an eagle eye for spotting "footprints" such that the chances of finding whales is greatly enhanced.
No matter that you may be a resident South African or visiting us during whale season I can most heartily recommend that you add this trip to your "bucket list". Regulations prevent private water craft from being close to the whales and only licensed boats with trained crew can put you this "up close and personal". This is a "must do" trip for anyone who has an interest in nature, the marine environment and whales in particular.