29 March 2012 by Roy Barford

Try a marine eco-tour in Cape Town

The mysteries of the ocean laid bare. Oh, and you’ll be able to see some spectacular sea creatures.

If you have an interest in marine biology or simply enjoy the idea of going out to sea on a yacht, you should take a tour on the Ocean Adventurer in Cape Town.

The Ocean Adventurer catamaran departs 3 times a day (11am, 2pm and 4pm) from the Two Oceans Aquarium, which is situated within the V&A Waterfront. The tours of Table Bay last for around 90 minutes and some of the marine wildlife you are likely to see up close include seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish and sharks.

On a recent expedition I was on, hundreds of dusky dolphins surrounded the boat and showed off a variety of dives for at least 10 minutes. It was quite simply a magnificent experience.

On a recent expedition, hundreds of dusky dolphins surrounded the boat and showed off a variety of dives for at least 10 minutes.

There is a professional marine biologist on board who is able to answer questions about South Africa’s oceans. The yacht has a microscope on board, which helps visitors better understand the organisms described by the guides.

This tour is run in partnership with the Two Oceans Aquarium, which also offers marine wildlife experiences such as shark diving (in an exhibit, without a cage) and penguin encounters.

The waters of Table Bay are generally flat, so seasickness shouldn’t be a problem – although, if you are prone to seasickness or motion sickness, get some pills at a pharmacy beforehand. Some sailors say that if you restrict your pre-sail snack to a green apple, you have a better chance of avoiding seasickness as your acid levels will be better balanced.

Tickets for the Ocean Adventurer tour are R180 for adults and R90 for children. You can buy these at the boat before boarding. There is a cash bar on board.

Cruise control: Enjoy a few hours in Table Bay.

Category: Responsible Tourism


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