Private Ocean Adventure for Family & Friends

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Tue Jun 2, 11:00 - Fri Dec 31, 11:00

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EXCLUSIVE CURATED OCEAN DISCOVERY EXPERIENCE

Discover alluring False Bay. Take an exclusive enchanting ocean exploration with your family and friends. Listen to enthralling curation on the bay and the inhabitants thereof whilst hearing the whistling of dolphins, the powerful blow from a whale, visit famous Seal Island, cage dive with sharks, see endangered birds close up, smell the sea breeze……feel the sky..........
YOU’RE ALIVE!

Situated in the Atlantic Ocean between the mountainous Cape Peninsula and the Hottentots Holland mountains, the mouth of the bay faces south and is demarcated by Cape Point to the west and Cape Hangklip to the east. Bartholomeu Diaz, the first European seafarer anchored off the coast of South Africa, described False Bay as "Gulf between the mountains" in 1488. 

 

A lesser-known fact is that False Bay is the gateway to the Marine Big Five - Seals, Penguins, Sharks. Dolphin and Whales.


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Apex shark expeditions have operated in False bay for over a quarter of a century and have built up an unsurpassed understanding of the wildlife of the Capes oceans. We have been the first choice of over 70 international documentary crews including BBC’s Planet Earth, Life, Africa , Discovery channels Air Jaws series, National Geographic, 60 minutes, Carte Blanche and many others. 






THE CREW

Ryan, Talishia, Lunga & Bongani are qualified and trusted guides that are well-connected with local fishing and marine communities which means instant communication on sightings as they happen. This first line of communication will take you right to the action fast. 






YOUR ODYSSEY ITINERARY

Your private curated voyage of discovery starts in historical Simon’s Town at our marine centre located in the waterfront. Your exact discovery route will be determined by our skippers’ understanding and observation of the environment, the marine activity and the ever changing weather patterns on the day and should include the following.  


08:30 AM





Boulders Beach 

Your voyage with take you past the naval base and around the Bull nose to Boulders Beach, home to the African Penguin. Bordered mainly by indigenous vegetation above the high-water mark on the one side, and the clear water of False Bay on the other, the area comprises a number of small sheltered bays, partially enclosed by granite boulders that are 540 million years old. The sandy, compact coves with large boulders, offers a home to waddling penguins & their nesting areas. It is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3,500 birds in recent years. Experience Africa’s only penguin species up close in their very own habitat.

 

 





Roman Rock Lighthouse

Built in 1861, it is the only lighthouse in South Africa to be built on a single rock and was the continents first automated light house.  

 


10:00 AM





Seal Island 

Africa’s most densely populated island bound seal colony is home to an incredible 64 000 Cape Fur Seals as well as Cape Cormorants, the endangered Bank Cormorant and a wide variety of other seabirds.

 

African Penguins on Seal Island, South Africa 






Shark Watching 

The highlight of the trip will include watching different powerful , predatory shark species including the Sevengill and Bronze Whaler sharks. Cage diving is an option although for those that don’t want to get wet, the boat based shark viewing is just as good! 

 

 


11: 30 AM





Whales

As we navigate the waters of False bay, it is not uncommon to encounter the most fascinating ocean giants on our planet, whales. These may include Southern Right, Humpback and Bryde’s whales. From June to November, up to 3,500 Southern Right whales mate and give birth along the South African coast. 

 

fluke of a whale

 





Dolphins

Pods of wild dolphin are regularly encountered surfing the bow wave or riding the wake of the boat and during the late summer and autumn months mega pods of dolphin in excess of 1000 animals are often encountered. Their sounds of communication clearly emitting through the boat bringing you closer to nature than ever before.

 


12: 00 AM





Kalk Bay 

Your homeward route skirts the small villages that line the shores of False Bay including St James –famous for the Herbert Baker designed houses, Cecil John Rhodes final resting place and Kalk Bay, a traditional fishing village which still retains much of its original character. 

 

Kalk Bay

 

Simon's Town 

Return to Simon’s Town Pier . Complimentary Tea / Coffee and biscuits at our shop.

Stop at any of the restaurants closeby for a delicious lunch or an early dinner before heading on your journey.

 

Family

 

Wildlife cannot be guaranteed and every effort will be made to show as much Marine wildlife as possible by utilising our 20 years of operating experience on an almost daily basis in False Bay


NOTE:






  • Meeting:

The exact meeting times are confirmed with you the afternoon before your trip. Times are subject to change based on weather, sightings and how many trips are scheduled for the day






  • Transfers:

Door to door transfers arranged at an additional cost

Add to your experience and choose a Harley or a VIntage sidecar as your ride (driver included)






  • Duration:

3- 4 hours from our meeting point in Simon's Town






  • Guest Capacity:

The vessel is licensed for 12 guests and 4 crew






  • Includes:

E-Booklet on the marine animals of False Bay

Light lunch aboard includes gourmet sandwiches, quiche, fresh fruit, crisps, chocolates, sweets, juice and refreshments

Diving gear ( if you wish to dive)






  • What to Bring:

Dress in layers, Warm weather jacket, closed shoes, beanie, scarf and hat/cap

Polarized sunglasses

Mask, snorkel and wetsuit (if you have your own, otherwise we will supply this equipment)

Towel & bathing costume if you are cage diving

Sun block

Camera 






  • Restrictions:

Ocean Adventure Promo is restricted to SA passport and ID holders only.



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