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Advantage Cruises – St Lucia & Richards Bay, KwaZulu – Natal
Come and enjoy whale watching aboard Advantage Cruiser (est. 1991 in St Lucia, KZN), and get as close as 50 meters to these gentle ocean giants, the Humpback whales. In 1998 St Lucia Tours and Charters acquired our legal Boat Based Whale Watching Permit and have been operating ever since. We operate within the “Greater St Lucia Wetland Park” (renamed in Nov 2007 to the “iSimangaliso Wetland Park”) which is located on the southern-most tip of the Elephant Coast, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Although we mostly prefer to launch in the early mornings, we DO some days have a WHOLE day of awesome weather and calm seas. This means we CAN continue doing the whale watching tours if the demand is there for trips and/or it is peak season. So please don’t think there are ONLY whale watching tours in the morning. The whales are on this migratory route for 6 months, and if we do book you on a later trip, you WILL see whales. It is a St Lucian misconception that you only see whales in the morning; they are here the WHOLE day. Obviously some trips are better than others, you sometimes have breaches and splashes, sometimes just pairs of whales swimming alongside the vessel…it is not a circus, we can’t make them jump . For your time at sea we PROMISE you a whale in season, a wonderful high energy boat ride and loads of educational information about the whales and dolphins from your qualified captain.
Sodwana Bay Lodge, KwaZulu – Natal
When divers, fishermen and eco-adventurers can resist the call of the great African outdoors no more, they return to one place – Sodwana Bay Lodge. In the heart of Maputaland, close to the pristine Lake Shazibe nestling behind the world's highest natural dunes, a short distance from the sea, Sodwana Bay Lodge has been carefully designed to match the rustic eco-orientated nature of the region.
The warm Indian Ocean currents of the Mozambique Channel wash onto the shores of Maputaland. Here, on the relatively untouched Eastern seaboard of southern Africa, wide lakes and extensive river estuaries shimmer with life, fertile swamp and sand forest abound with rare and protected animal and plant species, while towering dunes shelter golden beaches from the lush interior. Venturing oceanwards, the seabed is bejewelled with coral reefs and formations of dramatic splendour, staging an unceasing pageant of every imaginable kind of marine life. Africa's renowned "Big-5" - elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard - are complimented by a rich array of antelope and bird species. Here the "Big-5" can become the prized "Big-6" as Humpback whales spout and gambol close to shore.
Umkhoma Whale Tours, Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal
We are the only Boat Based Whale & Dolphin Watching provider in Richards Bay. Our skippers are highly trained and knowledgeable, and will give you an unforgettable whale and dolphin watching experience! Come and enjoy yourself aboard Advantage Charter II while we give you the experience of a lifetime.
Code of Conduct/best practice on viewing whales
Best Places to view whales
Any high point on land – but some popular spots include:
- Netford Road LOOKOUT POINT, Bluff, Durban, KZN
- Treasure Beach Education Centre LOOKOUT POINT, Bluff, Durban, KZN.