Ocean Blue Adventures

The Ocean Blue Group is located in the acclaimed Plettenberg Bay and is recognised as one of the oldest original permitted operators and leading adventure tour operators in both the Garden Route and South Africa. The foundation of the business stems from the importance of providing not only memorable experiences but to always maintain their famous feel-good factor which permeates throughout their products and partnerships.  From the conception of the company, Ocean blue Adventures recognised the importance of community and the interdependence between the three pillars of the business; environmental impact, social effect and economic need. The significance of this has cemented their reputation as a crucial part of a thriving tourist community. The Ocean Blue Group offers an impressive portfolio from Blue Flag accredited whale watching and culturally rich township tours to conservation based volunteering, educational enrichment and carbon offset programs. The culture of the business is about having a positive effect through every avenue whether it is through individual

Lubner quote: “The health of the local economy is dependent on the health of the Bay”. We see the bigger picture.

Operator Details

Ocean Blue Adventures

Physical Address:
Milkwood Centre, Hopwood street

Permit Area:
Subarea 10

Date Formed:

Operator Contact

Tel (Office):
+27 44 533-5083

Tel (Mobile):
+27 83 701-3583

Website Address:

Email Address:
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Permit Details

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Departure Area:
Central Beach , Plettenberg bay

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About US

Situated in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay (20 minutes from Knysna), Ocean Blue Adventure offers a rare and powerful experience through permitted boat based whale watching & dolphin encounters. We also offer an “at one with the ocean” kayaking tour, and township tours. All tours are guided with expert crew and tour operators who are internationally qualified. Call us today for a booking or more advice. Ocean Blue is a licensed SABBWWA permit holder, which enables us to approach whales from 50 metres instead of 300 metres. Should the whales approach our vessel we do not have to move away. The guests therefore get an up close experience with these majestic mammals in the bay.


In summer you have a great chance to see the rare Humpback Dolphins found in only certain areas of the South African coastline! You will also see Bottlenose Dolphins and Common Dolphins… We will also take you to the Robberg Seal Colony where you will see around 5,000 seals in their natural environment.


In winter you have a very high likelihood of seeing Southern Right and Humpback whales. Our tours include the Robberg Seal Colony (home to +- 5000 seals) and other marine life of the day.


The Trip

Our ECOLOGICAL ADVENTURE leaves from Central Beach with an exciting beach launch and heads east past the bird sanctuary and Keurbooms beach to Arch Rock. Here we usually encounter Bottlenose and the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins as well as some shark species. From Arch Rock we head out into the middle of the Bay where pelagic seabirds are normally to be found some 7km from the shore. Out there our resident Bryde’s whales may be seen, as well as Common Dolphins or Southern Right and Humpback whales during their season. We then traverse the Bay to the point of Robberg Peninsula and out to the WILD side, often seeing groups of Whales and pods of Dolphins. Cruising back along the inside of Robberg, we see the unique geology from this unusual viewpoint and can observe our growing Cape Fur Seal Colony. Finally we head back along the Robberg beach, while a brief rundown on the history of the area is given. After passing the Beacon Island Hotel, built on the site of an original Whaling Station, we end the experience with an exhilarating landing, again on Central Beach.

Operator Reviews

An astonishing day

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“Our whale watching trip was hugely enjoyable and eventful although we were apparently very lucky to see at very close range a huge pod (over 400) of common dolphins working together to corral a shoal of fish. It was truly thrilling to be floating near to them, watching their leaps and dives. They seemed totally unstressed by our presence after having checked out the boat and decided we were unthreatening. We then saw a mother and calf humpback whale and the boat stayed at a distance in order to comply with regulations. The guide was extremely knowledgable and keen to inform us of the habits and behaviour of these aquatic mammals, he lowered a microphone into the water and explained the noises we heard. We also saw a pair of southern right whales so in our trip we encountered approx 404 wonderful creatures - magic. Initially we had felt uncomfortable about visiting a township, but after speaking to the staff at Ocean Blue and hearing that the company is heavily involved with the setting up and maintenance of the nursery and pre-school we decided to go. Lovely Hazel showed us round for about an hour and explained everything, answering our questions with wit and good humour and even offering to show us her home which was totally spick and span. Visiting the children was a sheer delight; as an infant teacher I was so impressed by their attitude to their 'school', they sang continuously and were engaged and so communicative, I found it very hard to leave and we spent a long time high fiving many a small hand. As we walked through we felt very emotional and shocked that 20 years after full voting rights were established so many people were living without sanitation and running water in their homes. Hazel pointed out the 'Mandela houses' that everyone aspires to live in but they are only available for the elderly, disabled or the many with HIV. It is so impressive that the Ocean Blue company has established and continues to maintain and support the care and education of the youngest members of this community so that every whale trip or township visit provides more money to those in most need. The day was one of contrasts and unforgettable experiences, I would thoroughly recommend it.”

A Massive thumbs up!

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“On a seal/dolphin watching trip with Ocean Blue when our boat was almost hit by a freak king wave. It was only due to the magnificent skill of our skipper Mario that saved us from a nasty capsize. Mario and our guide Ulreka were nothing short of amazing. The support from company owner Charly was also truly wonderful. I would go with these guys any day!”

Powerful experience

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“Hazel took us to the Qolweni township where she lives herself. It was a very powerful experience. She tells a lot about the people who live there and about the things that are going on. She also showed us her house and we visited the school. It felt a bit awkward walking around as a 'wealthy' foreigner but I think it is very important for tourists to go on a township tour to become aware of how a lot of people live in South Africa. Thank you Hazel!”
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