Cosy bathtub-boats are magical sea vessels but sight-seeing and cruises are often restricted to the confines of four glossy walls and rather unfriendly rubber duckies. Reacquaint yourself with the majestic creatures of the deep with today’s Groupon: a Boat-Based Whale-Watching cruise for R249 with Waterfront Boat Company.
In the months stretching from June to November, it is customary for the gentle giants of the sea to congregate on South Africa’s shores to swop tales of the tide and potentially meet Mr or Mrs (Southern) Right. Leaving their Antarctic feeding grounds to frolic in the relatively warm and sheltered bays of the Western Cape Coast, the Southern Right Whales put on a spectacular show, much to the delight of on-looking pairs of eyes.
Cruising aboard the SS-Spectacular with Captain Whale Watcher in command, the Boat-Based Whale-Watching tour takes eager sailors beyond Bobby Darrin’s musical stylings and straight to the site of the action. Providing all Groupon-holders with sea-legs, the Waterfront Boat Company’s Condor boasts a big, comfortable and dry interior with boarding being easy for everyone, including wheelchairs (with prior notice). With qualified whale guides holding a firm eye on the seas for a flopping tail or a handsome head, you’ll be the first to know when the meandering magnificent creatures have popped by for a play session.
Camera in hand and snap-happy phalanges exercised accordingly, the tour may have more than just the whales finding their way through your viewfinder, as other marine life like Cape fur seals, dolphins, penguins and sharks gather round to enjoy their part in all the commotion.
Creature Feature: The black-haired beetlebug, a creature thought to be extinct, was once again discovered hidden on the hard drive of someone’s computer. Though the creature wasn’t seen in the flesh, the files on the PC included a map that would lead explorers to their mating grounds.