Ella’s photo memories

Volunteering with ORCA has got to be one of the best things I have done in my life so far. And I’m not exaggerating. Plettenberg Bay and the surrounding area is truly spectacular, definitely one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I volunteered for 8 weeks and ended up staying in Plett […]

Magic Moment of the Week: Close encounter with southern right whales

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One piece of advise we always tell our guests, when whale watching you should always hold onto the boat and always be prepared to duck!  This trip required such instructions as the whale decided to rub its back on the bottom of the boat then waved goodbye with its tail running along the side of […]

Magic Moment of the Week: Great day at sea

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What a great trip, the sea was flat, the wind was calm and the Bryde’s whale was playing with the boat.  It swam around, behind, underneath the boat and gave us a great show.  As we waited for the whale to catch up with us, it suddenly surfaced beside us to give us this amazing […]

Magic Moment of the Week: Close Encounter of the Fat Kind


This southern right whale gave us the close encounter of a life time.  After locating the animal, the skipper stopped the boat because the whale disappeared, then the next thing you know it surfaced right in front of the boat.  It played around the boat for a few minutes then moved away.

Magic moment of the week: A gift from a whale


After some adverse weather conditions in the last weeks, this southern right whale seemed to want to reassure us that everything is going to be alright, by producing a small rainbow while surfacing. A definite moment of magic which lasted only an instant, but which was immortalized by a few quick-snapping tourists on the boat! […]

Magic Moment of the Week: Missile Ahead Captain

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Wow, it was like watching a missile coming to the boat. The Bryde’s whale was swimming in our direction when he surfaced and blew, then dived and turned behind the boat to surface on the other side.