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Address: Knysna 6570, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 82 852 9402
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08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Great tour,great people

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Maureen B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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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 

Coventry
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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!

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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
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 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!!

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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 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

I've given this 4 stars not because they were not excellent but because after many Whale watching trips it's something that I don't think will ever be excellent! The service and experience was first class and we saw two whales fairly early on in our trip. The guide was clearly experienced and passionate and its a fab way to Knysna... More 

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EvelynP514, Owner at Ocean Odyssey, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely review, we appreciate the feedback and its really great for us to know what we are doing right! Regards from beautiful knysna! More 

Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

We went out for whale sightings, which have absolutely no guarantee, but the company has people on top of hills at the Heads, looking out for whales and our guide was a great spotter as well. When you get back to shore, they have warm towels for your hands.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

I've been on a few whale and dolphin watching trips. You might see something splashing in the distance, then everyone crowds the end of the boat and you realise it was just a wave etc... This one was different. We saw several whales and some were so close it was a bit frightening. The reason I liked this trip was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Friendly staff and very informative guide! We loved the fact that the Eco tour that we took takes us out of the Knysna Heads and into the sea, our guide showed us wonderful places along the coast and stopped when we saw a seal. When he spotted a whale he immediately took us there for a great experience taking photos... More 

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