Venturing out on the ocean for a glimpse of Namibia’s marine wildlife is a real treat for those visiting Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
During a Dolphin Cruise, you may be lucky enough to see the seals at Pelican Point as well as sunfish, bottlenose and Heaviside dolphins, leatherback turtles and even whales from July to November. Common bird sightings include penguins, cormorants, petrels, pelicans, black oystercatchers and Cape gannets.
What to expect
Cruises usually depart between 9 am and 12 pm although most operators request that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointed time.
There are a range of tours available which are from 1 hour to 4 hours in duration. Pelican Point lighthouse, the oyster farms and Bird Island are usually included in the tour itinerary.
Most of the boats have a covered seating area as well as plenty of space to move around for the best views. Some packages offer refreshments during your cruise and water is usually readily available. Toilet facilities are sometimes available on board.
What to Bring
A hat, sunglasses and sun protection are essential and a warm jacket is recommended. Don’t forget your camera.
Worried about Seasickness?
Dolphin tours usually stay within the sheltered waters of the lagoon area before the afternoon winds pick up. The double-hull catamarans used for the tours are particularly stable which limits the incidence of seasickness.
If you don’t want to take any chances, motion sickness tablets are readily available at most pharmacies.
Are there age restrictions?
You are never too old or too young to take a dolphin and seal tour in Walvis Bay or Swakopmund.
All the necessary safety equipment such as life jackets are available during your tour.
Reliable and experienced skippers will see to it that your trip is hassle free and totally safe.
In the event of inclement weather or unsuitable sea conditions, your cruise will be postponed until a more appropriate time if possible. Always check with your tour operator on the day of your trip.
How to book
For more information or to book your dolphin and seal cruises in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, enquire with Namibia Travel Guide via our contact us page, and we will gladly assist you.
Please Note: The details shared herein were correct at the time of publishing. However, with time some of this information may change. We recommend confirming information with suppliers prior to making final travel arrangements. If you do happen to find an issue with any information we’ve shared here, please feel free to contact us so that we can make the relevant changes.