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More about Whale & Dolphin Watching

Take a whale watching trip into the pristine waters off St Lucia estuary, part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You might spot turtles, whales, sharks, dolphins and marlin. Whales can come as close as 50m to the boat, including those gentle giants, the humpback whales.

Departing early in the morning, a whale watching adventure may take up to 7 hours if the weather allows. While you’re watching out for these gigantic sea animals, the captain will offer educational information about ocean life. You may even see a whale breach or a frolicking dolphin on this trip.

What people say

Adventuresome boat trip through the breakers, tough captain, unfortunately little contact with whale...  -  Dr. Volker Beck - 12456 - Afrikhaya.



2 hours


1 June to 30 November is Humpback whale watching season in St Lucia. We operate 7 days per week.


35 Mc Kenzie Street, St Lucia. (Also the medical clinic / dentist building)


This service is weather dependent. If the seas are rough, the trip will be postponed or client will receive full refund.

What to Wear:

Comfortable though warm clothing - bring an extra set of dry clothes - make sure your backpack is not too huge - Storage space is limited. Note that your belongings may get wet.

Things to bring:

An extra warm jacket , although we issue life jackets always dress in warm comfortable quick drying clothes , bring along a towel , bottle of water , packet of biscuits , seasick tablet if need be , rubber / plastic shoes that you won't mind walking into the sea with, and a set of dry clothes if you wish. Waterproof bag for your own electronics.

Guests or Spectators:

We need about 3 hours of your time, of which the actual tour duration is approximately 2 hours on the ocean, and then 30 minutes on either side to get you to-and- from the launch site on-board the Whale Train transport vehicle to the beach. This in itself is an adventure, as you meet at a central booking office, from where you will be taken to the launch site with the Whale Train transport vehicle to the beach. Phone us, or come see us at our offices - 24 hours before the tour, as we do sometimes change our departure times with one hour, if you don't contact us, you won't know about it. St Lucia has several accommodation options to offer and places to visit i.e. the beautiful Cape Vidal, Isimangaliso Wetland Park and there are lovely restaurants to dine at in St Lucia. If you need accommodation we can tailor-make you preference and make the booking on your behalf.

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Inclusions & Exclusions


Boat Cruise. Qualified SAMSA skipper and guide. Lifejackets


Refreshments. Transfers. Hand Towel. Seasick tablet. Secure your own electronic equipment in a waterproof bag please. Rain-jacket if needed.

Opinions On Whale & Dolphin Watching

What the locals say about Whale & Dolphin Watching.

Dr. Volker Beck - 12456 - Afrikhaya

Adventuresome boat trip through the breakers, tough captain, unfortunately little contact with whales. Thanks for that great experience! Greatings from Germany, Volker and family

Bianca Hare

It was a very exciting experience, i really enjoyed the boat ride and the captain was a real character. I was also thrilled that we managed to find the whales and get so close to them.

Tom Pedersen

My family and I really enjoyed the whale watching trip. Initally we thought the boat would leave from St. Lucia, so we were a little surprised that it was docked in Richards Bay on that day, adding a 2 x 1 hour drive. Nevertheless, all that was forgotten when we left harbour in the choppy sea, and soon found ourselves among a group of 7-8 young males, putting on a real show for almost 1 hour. As the finale, one of the humpbacks jumped completely out of the water right in front of the boat. Perfect morning!

Dwight Bird

My wife and I had a magnificent time. We saw lots of whales, took many pictures and the captain was so helpful and knowledgeable. Can't say enough about this trip. It is a must.

St. Lucia

The small KwaZulu-Natal coastal town is on the tip of one of the most biodiverse areas in the world.

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