Raggy Charters

Welcome to Raggy Charters in combination with the Baywatch Marine Conservation Project, offering expertly guided whale watching and African penguin watching cruises in South Africa. Funds generated from whale watching boat cruises, African penguin boat cruises and other marine eco-tours with Raggy Charters are used to fund the Baywatch Project and the Penguin Research Fund. Raggy Charters are the only licensed boat-based whale watching permit holder in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. This permit allows us to approach cetaceans up to 50 metres (no one else may approach closer than 300 metres) and if the cetaceans wish to approach closer and are thus in control of the encounter we do not have to move away. Raggy Charters undertakes regular beach clean-ups in the Port Elizabeth area and has started an initiative to offset our carbon footprint by planting one indigenous tree for every boat cruise we do.

Operator Details

Raggy Charters

Physical Address:
Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth

Permit Area:
Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth

Date Formed:

Operator Contact

Tel (Office):
+27 41 378 2528

Tel (Mobile):
+27 73 152-2277

Website Address:

Email Address:
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Permit Details

Vessel Name:

Departure Area:
Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth

Passenger Capacity:

Boat Type:
Catamaran Cruisers

About US

Our wildlife and whale watching boat cruises possibly cover the longest distance of any ocean safari along the South African coast, lasting for 3-4 hours and covering 50km. This provides guests with a better chance of seeing the full array of marine wildlife Algoa Bay has to offer. Please note that sea sickness tablets are recommended!

Port Elizabeth is a hidden gem in South Africa for whale watching, and other wildlife viewing. With seasonal visits from Southern right whales, humpback whales, and indo-pacific humpback dolphins. We have the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world right on our doorstep. As well as our other resident species including bottle nose dolphins, common dolphins, bryde’s whales, Cape gannets and more. All year round we at Raggy Charters can offer guests some great wildlife viewing experiences in our secret and undisturbed bay.

As far as we are aware we are also the oldest marine Eco tour company combined with a conservation project in Africa – since 1992. We are owner run and managed and use the volunteer system to assist in our tours and projects. We specialise in taking tourists, photographers, corporate office party groups, TV crews and marine wildlife enthusiasts on ocean safaris to watch the whales, dolphins, penguins and other natural wonders of Algoa Bay.

Almost all boat cruises are personally led by knowledgeable conservationist, wildlife educator and marine safari specialist Lloyd Edwards, who comes highly recommended by the BBC as your tour guide around the Port Elizabeth coast. Read more about the BBCs work in Port Elizabeth with Lloyd Edwards.

The Safety Authority certified 28-foot and 35-foot catamaran cruisers were specially built for Eastern Cape sea conditions and are licensed to carry 10 and 20 passengers subject to a minimum of 4 passengers (if you are less we will try and fit you in with another group).

Operator Reviews

Floating on the ocean

5 5 1
“This is a water experience you have to do. I really enjoyed the safe, friendly service, with the Captain who has tons of knowledge on the ocean creatures. This charter does fishing and or whale watching. The whale watching is 3-4 hours boat trip to St. Croix Island to see the Penguin's and many other species of birds. On the way there and back to the local yacht club, you maybe as lucky as I, to see dolphins, whales, and other sea life in the ocean. Each time I've been out on the water I see some thing different!!! If you love the water you will enjoy this, it$ worth it!!”

It is a must

5 5 1
“Awesome expedition by bout around Port Elizabeth. Very educated personnel is guiding you from dolphins, pelicans to penguins, whales...special thanks to Lloyd Edwards for the wonderful experience!”

Highly recomemended, must do it!

5 5 1
“Before we came to S. Africa we heard about excellent trip with Raggy Charters and best captain with a lot of experiences. When we actually start the trip we have almost immediately seen huge groups of dolphins, penguins and Cape gannets. It was amazing experience, which I definitively recommended!!!!! Thanks Lloyd for a wonderful trip!”
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