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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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Once in a lifetime experience. Completely thrilled with every aspect of the tour. Will highly recommend to anyone with an interest in whales.

Reviewed 28 August 2016
Nazreen B
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Once in a lifetime experience. Completely thrilled with every aspect of the tour. Will highly recommend to anyone with an interest in whales.

Thank Nazreen B
Somerset West, South Africa
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Whilst we have the best land based whale watching in the world around Hermanus, to actually be out on the water with these wonderful creatures is a completely different experience. I can highly recommend Ivanhoe Sea Safaris for the professional manner in which they conduct the whale watching tours. Staff were friendly and informative. There is no guarantee you will... More 

Thank Domenique7
Johannesburg, South Africa
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Ivanhoe was recommend to us and was well worth the trip. The boat only accommodates a smaller group of people, so it's ideal & not over crowded. The Skipper & Crew were very professional and filled us in on some interesting facts about the whales. They were always careful to shut off the engines when we approached the whales &... More 

Thank STinkler
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We chose this tour as it was based out of a good location for where we were staying. We got to see several groups of whales very close. I was reassured by the way the crew conducted things and would thoroughly recommend this boat.

Thank Andy D
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

The departure of whale watching tours near Hermanus are all from Gansebay (40 mins drive!). We booked at Ivanhoe Sea Safaris since they were recommended and were the only one's who still had some free places. They are worth the money, I can tell you. Of course you must be lucky on such tours, and we had a lot of... More 

Thank KaBe49
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Although it was early season we managed to see a few southern whales quite close. The boat was not packed with people so it was nice. Good value for money.

Thank Iaki L
Tel Aviv, Israel
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

The tour is for 2 hours and we spent most of the time sailing 45 minutes each way. The whale were very far, and it was real hard to see. We did not hear the crew instructions and we did not have the options to ask the crew questions about the whales we saw. Because this is the most expensive... More 

1 Thank Peleg A
Istanbul, Turkey
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

Great experience, there were only about 12 of us on the boat. We saw southern whites and on return spotted two hump backs jumping. The team turned around so we could watch, adding some extra time to the trip but they didn't mind great customer service

Thank Graeme H
IJsselstein, The Netherlands
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Boot isn't crowded and they tell a lot of interesting things About The Whales. Seeing. Lot of Whales. Good value and very Nice people.

Thank Vincent Z
Praia de Mira, Portugal
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

We went on the 10 am trip on 10/8/16. From start to finish the only way to describe our experience is "excellent". The crew and skipper were very friendly and informative. We saw about 10 or more whales (some with babies). The Company is very eco friendly and take pains not to disturb or upset the whales in any way.... More 

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