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Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

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Address: Hawe Street | Gansbaai Harbour, Gansbaai, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 28 384 0556
08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

A typical trip will have you exploring our magnificent coastline and bay...

A typical trip will have you exploring our magnificent coastline and bay while looking for whales, dolphins, sharks, seals and seabirds. Apart from the Southern Right Whales, we are able to view Brides Whales, Humpback Whales and possibly even Great White Sharks.There are many Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins, Dolphins, Sunfish and plenty of coastal marine birds to been seen whilst out at sea.

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Observing whales without disturbing them

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris are friendly, courteous, professional and knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip from Gansbaai harbour into Walker Bay to view Southern Right whales. We... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2016
South Africa

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South Africa
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris are friendly, courteous, professional and knowledgeable. I thoroughly enjoyed the trip from Gansbaai harbour into Walker Bay to view Southern Right whales. We saw at least six mother and calf pairs, and two adult whales. What most impressed me about Ivanhoe's crew is that they are truly eco friendly and responsible. Some of the whale watching companies... More 

Thank Shapiros
London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Booked whale watching with Ivanhoe sea safari not expecting to see everything rather hoping as you cannot predict nature! But were overjoyed with what we got with the captains professional crew we managed to see many whales and a unexpected dolphin show whilst keeping a safe distance from the marine reserves and letting the whales decide if they wanted to... More 

1 Thank Pope935
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 17 October 2016

We had a beautiful time, the guides were very nice and answering all our questions, they really do their best to make sure you see a maximum of sealife! We saw a whale and its baby, it was magical. The trip is very peaceful, i would definitely recommend it to my friends.

Thank Charlotte_Ber
Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 13 October 2016

A mid-morning departure from the Gaansbaai harbor on Ivanhoe Whale watching boat, approximately 2 hours scenic drive from Cape Town, was the start of our journey which created a memory which will last a lifetime. Safety first. The crew first took us through all the sea faring safety rules comparable only to aviation standards. It was a beautiful spring morning... More 

Thank markashlin
Delft, The Netherlands
2 reviews
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Very good We were later than expected and called and was no problem They have respect for the animals and a lot of information And they pick up the garbage out if the sea . We recomed this trip

Thank Hubo46
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

The Ivanhoe team arranged for a shark diving (with another great company) + whale watching for the same day for us, which was really great and couldn't be managed with other companies. They were really open - telling us that no whales were seen earlier and proposed either trying anyhow, or going on the next day. We went for it... More 

Thank alex g
Hermanus, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 October 2016

Was an awesome trip with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris yesterday afternoon. The Southern Right whales and the calfs put on an awesome show for us and the staff were very informative and kept us all entertained with the valuable information we learned from them. the skipper was very thorough in his orientation before the trip and we set off with piece... More 

1 Thank Shark_Cage_Diving_co
Horsham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Very dynamic, motivated crew. However, boat trip at sea to the bay where whales are takes about 30 minutes there and back, so you will loose a whole hour travelling of your 2 hours slot. Once we found the whales the experience was amazing. However, I would have loved to spend some more time observing these wonderful creatures. It somehow... More 

Thank Simon S
Bambooozle, Owner at Ivanhoe Sea Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Simon, Thank you for you review and I apologies for not replying to your critic on the day as I have been attending the Hermanus Whale Festival. Firstly I’d like to address your comment about the travel time to the whales. Walker Bay is a very large area. Our permit area allows us to depart the harbour of Gasnbaai,... More 

Malaga, Spain
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I recommend this company more than others in Hermanus. They are more professional. I really enjoy the experience in this boat

Thank pilarposorio
Mataro, Spain
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

We had a trip booked with this company some weeks ago. Whdn we arrive today 2q september tk the port, the management told us the trip is canceled due to wind. They did not inform us, we moved to hermanus and the boats were working. Afterwards, we knew that they cancel because they have not enough customers. As we have... More 

2 Thank Marta G
Bambooozle, Owner at Ivanhoe Sea Safaris, responded to this review

Dear Marta G, We are sorry you felt the way you did to make the post you have, from the Management of Ivanhoe we can assure you we are a “serious company” and take the reviews posted on trip advisor seriously. We always welcome criticism and look for improvement, this is why we have won “Certificate of Excellence in 2015... More 

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