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Knysna Dolphin Watching & Garden Route Coastline Experience provided by Ocean Odyssey

Knysna Dolphin Watching & Garden Route Coastline Experience

Knysna Dolphin Watching & Garden Route Coastline Experience
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About
Enjoy this spectacular 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise, that takes you across the Knysna Lagoon and out to sea through the Knysna Heads to explore the coves, caves and bays of our rugged and beautiful coastline. With your local, professional guide, experience the highlights from the geological characteristics and the biodiversity of Knysna’s estuarine and marine environment. Get a chance to often see marine life in your shared group, with no more than 25 people. Choose from one of three departure times when you book.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 51740P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Available on request
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
1h 30m
Departure details
  • Ocean Odyssey Whale Watching Knysna, TH44 Long St, Thesen, Harbour Town, Knysna, 6571, South Africa Travel down Long street, over the white little bridge and make your way on to Thesen Island. Once you reach the traffic circle. Our shop can be found on the right of the circle. Look out for the statue of a whale with a selfie board and our shop is directly opposite.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • All trips subject to sea and weather conditions
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation - minimum number of passengers required due to vessel operating weight requirement.
  • Children and infants are considered a passenger and have a seat allocation.
  • Marine mammals are free roaming and wild, sightings of any kind are not guaranteed therefore we do not offer refunds for no sightings-
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not recommended for travellers with high risk pregnancies
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 37 travellers
Inclusions
  • Available on request
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Ocean Odyssey Whale Watching Knysna, TH44 Long St, Thesen, Harbour Town, Knysna, 6571, South Africa Travel down Long street, over the white little bridge and make your way on to Thesen Island. Once you reach the traffic circle. Our shop can be found on the right of the circle. Look out for the statue of a whale with a selfie board and our shop is directly opposite.
Duration
1h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If, as a result, your tour is canceled, you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • All trips subject to sea and weather conditions
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation - minimum number of passengers required due to vessel operating weight requirement.
  • Children and infants are considered a passenger and have a seat allocation.
  • Marine mammals are free roaming and wild, sightings of any kind are not guaranteed therefore we do not offer refunds for no sightings-
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Not recommended for travellers with high risk pregnancies
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 37 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Ocean Odyssey Whale Watching Knysna
    TH44 Long St, Thesen, Harbour Town, Knysna, 6571, South Africa
    Travel down Long street, over the white little bridge and make your way on to Thesen Island. Once you reach the traffic circle. Our shop can be found on the right of the circle. Look out for the statue of a whale with a selfie board and our shop is directly opposite.
    See address & details
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    Ocean Odyssey
    Stop: 20 minutes
    Guests will check in at our reception where they are required to sign an indemnity form. Once all guests have checked in our crew will start preparing them with life jackets. Once everyone is ready they will be given a briefing on the tour they will be departing on and what to expect. A safety briefing will be given by the skipper once all guests have boarded the boat before departing.
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    Pass by
    Knysna Heads
    Knysna Lagoon
  • You'll return to the starting point
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5.0
14 reviews
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theobitzi777
1 contribution
Our Honymoon
May 2021
We had the best time.We saw 5 or 6 Brydal Whales.Our Guide Johannes was very entertaining. We can't wait to go back to Knysna to do it again.Thank you Odyssey
Written 7 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EvelynP2020
Hi! Thank you so much for your review! What a bonus that you got to see so many Bryde's whales and it wasn't even whale season! Just one of many perks of the Garden Route coastline! Please do visit again!
Written 8 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Trent R
Johannesburg, South Africa6 contributions
Awesome day on the boat outside Knysna
Dec 2020 • Family
We had a simply brilliant day out. We saw some whales - not many but the day was amazing. The owner picked up rubbish and cleaned up the ocean. The day was amazing!
Written 5 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EvelynP2020
Hi Trent, thank you so much for the review! The ocean is very important to us and we want to do what ever we can to keep it clean! Thanks for joining us! Visit again soon!
Written 7 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Erinleedt
Centurion, South Africa1 contribution
Amazing boat ride
Mar 2021 • Family
So great the get out on the open water and see so many hammer head sharks, beautiful massive jellyfish and some playful seals. Was an awesome experience! P. S. The hoodie I got from your shop is still my favorite ☀️
Written 31 May 2021
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EvelynP2020
Hi, thank you for such a lovely review! We are so glad that you had an amazing trip! I hope your hoodie is keeping you nice and warm during the winter! Please visit again!
Written 7 June 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

MervynGatcke
East London, South Africa290 contributions
A wonderful sea trip
Apr 2021
We had great weather for this sea trip.
Through the famous Heads and out to sea.
We searched high and low for whales and dolphins but no luck.
We did come across a huge sun fish which looked like it had shark bites.
All in all a wonderful trip.
Written 20 May 2021
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EvelynP2020
Hi, Thank you so much for your review! Sorry the whales and dolphins weren't out to play on the day! Hopefully next time!
Written 31 May 2021
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Been a few places
Epsom, UK1 068 contributions
Fun boat ride!
Dec 2019
We took the 90 minute eco-marine tour and despite not seeing dolphins (nature wasn't on our side that day) it was a really fun tour as the sea was bumpy and the boat was piching up and down in the ocean. We were sat in the front so really felt the full effect of the sea. Loads of fun but not for the faint hearted or those that get sea sick. While there were no dolphins we did see seals and sea birds including Cape Gannets, We also got to admire the beauty of Knysna Heads and the coast line as the boat made its way out to sea. Great staff too!
Written 19 January 2020
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EvelynP2020
Hi, thank you for such an awesome review!! We are so glad that you had a fantastic time with us! Please visit us again soon and hopefully nature will be on your side and we can show you dolphins!
Written 20 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Divyesh
8 contributions
Honest and superb
Nov 2019 • Couples
We really wanted to watch migratory whales on our Garden Route tour. But it was coming up to the end of November, which unbeknown to us, meant the whales had gone back. But Leandre was totally honest about this when I rang. But we decided to chance it. Sadly she was proved right and we didn’t see any whales. But we saw tons of dolphins 🐬 which was awesome! And I’ve been to see dolphins in Zanzibar and the way it was done in Zanzibar left me angry, coz they circled the dolphins, hit the water with paddles and chased dolphins. Whereas the way it was done by ocean odyssey and I assume other providers in SA is to reduce the speed to wake, not chase, and just let the dolphins carry on as they are. The observer not disturb policy. The result is amazing, they come closer and you enjoy a superb experience. Thank you to the whole crew
Written 28 November 2019
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EvelynP2020
Hi, Thank you so much for such an awesome review! We love our marine life and we have huge respect for them and the ocean! We are going into their realm and we must simply observe and enjoy their freedom! We do not influence their presence or their behavior. Thank you so much again and I hope that you will visit us again in whale season!!
Written 15 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mcc372015
Sydney, Australia84 contributions
EXCITING
May 2019 • Friends
A good way to view the colourful coastline and exciting to see the Dolphins. Hard to get photos as they jumped up and down through the water but an experience just the same. Well organised.
Written 26 June 2019
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EvelynP2020
Hi, thank you so much for the review! Yes, it's definitely not an easy task to get a good shot of them in action! It takes a lot of patience and tries to get that one perfect shot! But that's what makes it so special!
Written 27 June 2019
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Leanne C
Sydney, Australia21 contributions
The Dolphin Chase
May 2019 • Friends
Spectacular view of the Knysna lagoon & headlands as we headed out into open waters. Spotted pods of dolphins and followed them down the coast. Wow! They were fast. Great fun & and joy to watch.
Written 26 June 2019
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EvelynP2020
Hi Leanne, thank you for your review! We are so glad that you had an amazing tour with us and hope you visit again soon!
Written 27 June 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marthe W
Cary, United States3 contributions
Excellent tour
May 2019 • Couples
It was not the time of year to see whales but well worth going on the tour regardless. The views of the heads, lagoon, beaches were beautiful.
Written 24 June 2019
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EvelynP2020
Hi Martha! Thank you so much for the review! Yes, the Garden Route coastline is just one of the many features that make our tours so special! But definitely come again! The whales are here and we have had some amazing sightings this season!
Written 26 June 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Explorer62753841370
Johannesburg, South Africa1 contribution
Ecomarine tour
May 2019 • Family
Great trip, very informative and fun! We were told about the hazards of boating through the Knysna Heads as well as about the wildlife. We saw some ocean birds, two types of dolphin and seals.
Written 24 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
EvelynP2020
Hi, we are so happy to hear that you had an amazing time with us aboard! Thank you so much for the review!
Written 26 June 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Ocean Odyssey
G7878DUgarym
G7878DUgarym
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Special ocean experience
Amazing experience. Seeing humpback whales in the ocean is a real privilege. Our skipper Johannes was wonderful. He
royla k
royla k
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In total a quite bad experience
We had the whale watching trip one week ago. The day was sunny, but still there were waves. After we checked in and
phpabinet
phpabinet
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Far and beyond amazing sea trip
Seeing whales close up and being in their space was by far the most exhilarating boat trip I’ve been on. On the big
Davina_V678
Davina_V678
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Double Canoe
We hired the double canoe for an hour. It was great and it was our first time canoeing. I would go again when we're
Ian14_11
Ian14_11
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Dolphins in the breakers
We had a nice trip out on a calm, hot and sunny day. We saw a pod of bottle nose dolphins playing in the breakers a
Rose4105
Rose4105
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New Year's eve sail
Such fun with a fun crew. Sails up and out through the Heads for a very pleasant sail down the coast. Back inside
jacqueline2020b
jacqueline2020b
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South Africa
Well worth the experience amzaing If you have never experienced sailing this is a great eye opener The captain &
christopheranneb
christopheranneb
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Uncomfortable and unenjoyable. Avoid
We were in Knysna with a tour group and a number of us went on the whale watching tour. I felt we should have been
DecoWorldTraveler
DecoWorldTraveler
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Wasted Money and Time
Because of the great reviews we decided to give the ocean tour to see wild sea life a try. They bragged about the h
sirlenscap
sirlenscap
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A brilliant cruise under sail.
Unlike the catamaran which never raises it's mainsail, this is a real sailing experience out of the infamous Heads
Tsunami786
Tsunami786
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Excellent whale watching tour
We are a family of four with 2 boys aged 8 and 6 who visited 2 days ago and would highly recommend this company. Th
AlanM997
AlanM997
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Great trip!
This was one of the highlights of our stay in Knysna. Our lodgings recommended this trip and the booing process was
Dibs10scape
Dibs10scape
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A must do if you are in the area
We visited in July and the weather wasn’t great . Booked originally on the early afternoon trip and when we arrived
SpeedyReedy286
SpeedyReedy286
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Truly Amazing
My wife Lynda, daughter Becky and I had a wonderful experience, with the close encounter tour on the 5th August. W
RdeBacker
RdeBacker
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Great experience!
What an awesome experience this whale watching trip in Knysna, very kindly en professional crew. A must seen have!
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