Here’s why you should take a Walvis Bay boat trip while touring Namibia
With a deep, welcoming bay on its shores, the history of Walvis Bay centers almost exclusively around boats.
It started out as an important stop along the trade route around Africa as well as an import fishing port and source of nutrient rich guano from nearby islands.
Today, Walvis Bay is still the site of Namibia’s largest harbor and home to the best boat tours you’ll find in this part of the world.
Here’s why you should put a Walvis Bay boat trip at the top of your to do list when you visit Namibia.
Types of Boat Trips Available in Walvis Bay
The Atlantic Ocean is a tumultuous playground for man and marine animals alike. Here you’ll find seals, dolphins, whales, and birds to enjoy, and a boat trip offers the best views of them all, with seals and pelicans approaching closely and sometimes jumping right into the boat.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy out on the Atlantic Ocean in Walvis Bay. These are your options for boat trips in the area:
Marine Big Five Boat Trip
Head out on a luxury catamaran to tick off Namibia’s marine Big Five – whales, seals, dolphins, mola mola, and leatherback turtles. It’s a relaxing, entertaining, and enlightening way to spend a morning in Walvis Bay, with drinks and snacks provided.
Seal and Dolphin Boat Trip
This is your chance to see Namibia’s incredible selection of dolphins i.e., Bottlenose, Dusky, and Heaviside’s dolphins as well as charming seals as you explore Pelican Point.
This boat tour is a relaxing experience where you’ll spend your time nibbling on fine oysters and other delicacies and sipping on champagne, while you keep a lookout for the wildlife.
Luxury Catamaran Cruise
This leisurely outing departs daily along the Namibian coastline, offering sublime onboard picnics featuring sparkling wine, oysters, and savory snacks. Sightings of leatherback turtles, dolphins, whales, and sunfish are an added bonus during this luxurious experience.
This three-in-one adventure includes a catamaran ride out to Pelican Point, where you’ll land on a deserted beach.
Next up, you’ll paddle your kayak among the resident seals offering a unique view of these marine creatures, followed by a plush picnic on the sands. Finally, you’ll make your way back to Walvis Bay via 4×4 across the dunes.
This exceptionally luxurious experience has it all. Laze in the lingering rays of the sun as you sprawl out on a luxury catamaran while sipping icy sparkling wine and feasting on fresh Namibian oysters.
It’s by far the best way to maximize Namibia’s fabulous glowing sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
Planning Your Walvis Bay Boat Trip
You can book you Walvis Bay boat trip directly with the service provider and most trips leave from the Walvis Bay Waterfront complex. Remember, these outings are all weather dependent, so you’ll need to be flexible with your availability.
All you need to bring along are a warm jacket against the chill ocean breezes, drinking water, and extra sunscreen. It’s advisable to wear a hat and sunglasses and don’t forget your camera (with a waterproof bag to keep it safe).
Other Things to Do in Walvis Bay
Walvis Bay offers many more delights for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.
Bird enthusiasts simply must include a visit to Sandwich harbour’s 10 km long lagoon, where over 120 000 birds thrive, including pelicans and flamingos. Fishermen will find much to enjoy at this location, too.
‘Dune 7’ is ripe for climbing and located just 12km outside of town where you can savor the spectacular views as well as a chance to sandboard down the highest dune around.
The thrills and spills of Swakopmund’s adventure activities are just 30 km from Walvis Bay. Don’t miss the chance to try quad biking, sky diving, dune boarding, and horse riding through the desert at this popular location.
While in this area, grab the opportunity to embark on desert tours in search of some of Namibia’s most fascinating desert-adapted creatures.
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