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Whale watching - Simon's Town

in Cape Town by Apex Shark Expeditions


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The oceans off the southern tip of Africa offer some of the most exciting whale watching in the world with at least 37 different species of dolphins and whales calling these waters home!

The whale watching trip gives you an opportunity to marvel at the size and grace of these incredible animals and be thrilled by encounters with a host of other marine life including African penguins, Cape Fur seals, Cormorants, Bank Cormorants and possibly even sharks. Around June each year the Southern Right whales tend to arrive, and usually depart late November. Between May and mid-February, we see the Humpback whales migrate through the region, and we are fortunate to have the Brydes whales offshore all year round.

The area, however, is famous for the frequent encounters with Southern Right whales, Humpback whales, as well as a number of species of coastal dolphins. You also have the chance to see Cape Fur seals, African penguins, oystercatchers, and a variation of marine life.

What people say

The Apex and Boat Company staff we both really helpful. Our trip went ahead as planned but the skip...  -  Richard Bashford.



2 hours 30 minutes


The service is available from 1 June to mid-February each year.


Boardwalk Centre, Main Road, Simon's Town. When the supergroups of Humpback whales are here, we may launch from the Hout Bay harbour. This will be confirmed the day beforehand.


This service is weather dependent. We receive our final weather report at 14h00 each day and the decision to put to sea is made by the skipper based on this weather update. We will, therefore, confirm or cancel the afternoon prior to your trip.

What to Wear:

Warm clothing in winter: June to September – Closed shoes, long pants, waterproof jacket and cap / beanie. In summer: October – April – a wind breaker, cap / hat.

Things to bring:

Dress in layers, Warm weather jacket, closed shoes, beanie, scarf, hat/cap, polarized sunglasses, sun block & camera.

Guests or Spectators:

Spectators can wait for the guests at our offices until the boat returns.
Inclusions & Exclusions


Included in the price is refreshments on the boat, safety equipment like life jackets, boat trip and a qualified skipper


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Opinions On Whale watching - Simon's Town

What the locals say about Whale watching - Simon's Town.

Richard Bashford

The Apex and Boat Company staff we both really helpful. Our trip went ahead as planned but the skipper found the water too rough to get very far so we returned after an hour. We reached the Cape Fur Seals and hugged the shore at Boulders Beach to see the African Penguins. Without prompting from the passengers, the staff offered a reduced price which was a nice touch.

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