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Ocean Odyssey

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Address: TH44 long street | Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna 6570, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 82 852 9402
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Discover Knysna , Knysna's only permitted close encounter whale watching...

Discover Knysna , Knysna's only permitted close encounter whale watching operation, skilfully showcases whales & dolphins during their tours. Their highly competent skippers possess in-depth knowledge of this dynamic marine environment, ensuring an enlightening experience. Ocean Odyssey's Marine Eco Tour serves to highlight both the geological characteristics and the biodiversity of Knysna's estuarine and marine environment. Tours include various historical and cultural anecdotal tales of the area as well as information about the wonderful web of life that exists above and beneath the surface of this watery world. The tour is designed for both holiday revellers and nature enthusiasts alike and memorable experience for all!

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Nice trip, shame about the shy animals!

Went on the trip today on a small boat which took us out to the ocean, the ride out was choppy but fun and the captain was highly skilled in taking us close to shore but keeping... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went on the trip today on a small boat which took us out to the ocean, the ride out was choppy but fun and the captain was highly skilled in taking us close to shore but keeping complete control of the boat. The weather was good but the waves were a bit choppy. The backdrop is stunning with the beach... More 

Thank Mufajel75
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My fiance and I stopped over in Knysna for the day and he absolutely loves boat rides but I absolutely hate them because I get really bad motion sickness. He insisted on going on a boat ride with Ocean Odyssey which I was going to sit out however Steve (the best skipper ever!) convinced me to come along and said... More 

Thank Mary-Anne K
lake district
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11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Really thrilling to see the dolphins at play. Seals, hammerhead shark, turtles and even a lone penguin, all seen on our tour. A bit choppy at times but that just added to the fun and excitement. A fun guide who added to the trip. Really great.

Thank angevins
Tel Aviv, Israel
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65 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

For a couple in our sixties, this tour was our big adventure experience in South Africa. It was a small boat on a windy day, and we bounced around quite a bit, but survived nicely. This tour is more expensive than the bigger boats, but the trip outside of the lagoon into the open ocean is worth it. Scenic views... More 

Thank Samuel C
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Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

An excellent tour,we saw dolphins,moonfish,hammerhead shark,and seals. The rocks and views off ths Knysna head were very spectacular.Great guide and great service.

Thank Maureen B
EvelynP514, Owner at Ocean Odyssey, responded to this review

Wonderful! thank you for your review and it is great to give our staff feedback! We do this because we enjoy it, and it makes our day to read that our guests appreciate it! Regards from Knysna! More 

Sandton, South Africa
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177 reviews
78 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

Firstly I must say to anyone reading this is that this activity is very weather dependent and secondly, like any safari on land, sightings of animals (in this case whales) cannot be guaranteed. We were advised that the sea was choppy and that the skipper would assess the situation once we were out at sea. If they considered it to... More 

Thank LinSouthAfrica
EvelynP514, Owner at Ocean Odyssey, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your reveiw, the tourism industry is challenging indeed, people have high expectations and often miss the entire point of the experience. I am glad that you did get to see the brydes whales, we had very challenging weather most of November... Regards from a very summery & beautiful Knysna! More 

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86 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

We went on the Ocean Oddysey on November 2nd 2016. We asked at the office about the presence of Whales and we're assured that the morning group had seen Whales. So we went on the afternoon trip with three boats and about 40 people. No one saw anything apart from a two second view of the finest of a dolphin.... More 

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EvelynP514, Owner at Ocean Odyssey, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your review; as we explain to all our guests before departing on our trips, we are dealing with nature. While we would love to be able to guarantee a sighting, this unfortunately is not only unrealistic is it not possible. I would like to address the following: Considering that your booking was made online in September,... More 

Weil am Rhein
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 9 November 2016

Our guide was already heading back to the harbor, after we had seen 2 seals and 2 shy dolphins, when he suddenly spotted 3 humpback whales. And the 3 (mother, father and a calf) performed for us for almost 45 minutes, breaching more than a hundred times. It was really magic for everybody on the boat. Thanks to Stefan for... More 

Thank Schneeschuh
EvelynP514, Owner at Ocean Odyssey, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback, I assure you that we are just as excited when we have such incredible shows, it never gets boring for us! I do hope that you got some incredible photos to go with your fantastic memories! many thanks and greetings from Knysna. More 

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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Well done! Whale watching incomparable to Hermanus! Saw whales, dolphins, sunfish, seals and the most beautiful coastline in the Garden Route. Excellent skipper with a wealth of knowledge of the ocean and its biodiversity! Will do it again and again!

Thank FBWKnysna
EvelynP514, Owner at Ocean Odyssey, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, I am glad indeed that we were able to offer you a great trip. It is our wish to offer our clients the best possible experience, the only way to top this is by having great sigthings, and that you take home happy memories... and hopefully some amazing photo's! Best wishes from beautiful Knysna! More 

Little India, Singapore
1 review
Reviewed 21 October 2016

We went out at noon... Too late to see whales. !! Spotted dolphins and seals. We were a bit disappointed. On the whole a nice experienc!!

Thank nancyj0hn
EvelynP514, Owner at Ocean Odyssey, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, while we do our utmost to find the whales out at sea, once you have been out there you can understand that it is a vast area indeed, often it is not that there were no whales but that we just didnt see them. Our skippers have much experience at this and are able to... More 

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