Welcome to SABBWWA (South African Boat Based Whale Watching Association)

Mission Statement

To create a self-regulatory model of a clearly defined and controversial tourism sector, in accordance with the basic guidelines for Responsible Tourism and the   development and adherence to Best Practice principles.

Our Role

To provide a self-governing and self-regulatory body to present the industry.To provide a common and unified communication vehicle between individual operators, Marine & Coastal Management (MCM),


In terms of Regulations of the Marine Living Resources Act (1998):It is an offence to approach any whale closer than the 300m’s without a permit. SABBWWA’s member base consists of over 80% of South Africa’s permitted operators.

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