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“A good morning with the whales”

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
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Big 5 Sea Safari in Walker Bay from Gansbaai
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 24 September 2014

Whale watching by boat is an amazing experience, and something that should be on your bucket list. We had a great morning with the Ivanhoe crew - even though the wind was blowing quite hard, which did make the sea quite choppy and difficult to spot the whales. But we were not disappointed, and our skipper found a small group of whales - where we spent time watching them frolick and play. We also had the opportunity to see a Mom and new baby from a distance - however we left them alone. On our way back to the harbour, we were privileged to enjoy a great show by a lone brindle male, who entertained us with his spectacular lobtailing and could hear his slapping on the water. What was great was that even though we had to get back to harbour for the next trip that was planned, the skipper did not rush us as we watched the spectacular lobtailing display.

1  Thank geoffelske
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Reviewed 23 September 2014

Amazing 2 and a bit hours watching the whales. Crew very friendly and helpful with lots of information about the whales and dolphins we saw. Small group size made the experience even better. Definitely worth the trip on from Hermanus to Gansbai to go whale watching with Ivanhoe.

Thank Rachel F
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Reviewed 22 September 2014

Just today, me and my husband went on a sea safari with Ivanhoe and we're both very very pleased! Not only was the whale viewing great (we saw the whales up close, breaching and diving, it was absolutely amazing), the staff and the crew was awesome too! Very pleasant to deal with and keen to share cool info about the whales. All on all, highly recommend:)

Thank SylwiaAdrian
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Reviewed 21 September 2014

We stayed in Hermanus and hired a car to go to this particular business-about 30 minutes away. We read reviews on Trip Advisor and agree that they are a good company to view the whales with. It was a Sunday in September. Apparently, many business are not open on Sundays. There were only 8 people on our boat - which was great! Saw many Southern Right Whales and dolphins, which came fairly close to the boat. Staff was pleasant and accommodating.

1  Thank Sharon L
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Reviewed 14 September 2014

My husband and I went on this trip to get a closer look at the whales that we regularly see from the shore. We live in the area and are therefore not unacquainted with the whales. We were impressed with the organization of the team at Ivanhoe. They took great care to ensure the safety of the guests and will only go out when the sea is relatively calm. The real close up encounter with the large creatures was a memorable experience. I would recommend it to all - the oldies and even those who tend to get seasick!

Thank Martie M
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