28 November 2011

Ocean Adventurer: Cape Town’s new marine eco-tour

Two Oceans Aquarium

Ocean Adventurer, in partnership with the Two Oceans Aquarium, is now offering a boat-based marine eco-tour. The tours depart from the V&A Waterfront and focus on the rich biodiversity found in the waters of Cape Town’s Table Bay and surrounds.

In Cape Town, we are fortunate to have one of the most prolific upwelling systems off the South African coastline. This creates an ideal environment for an abundance of wildlife. A great example of this unique ecosystem can been seen in Table Bay.

Each tour starts with a trained guide explaining our upwelling system, as well as the phytoplankton blooms and their importance to the marine life they support.  Ocean Adventurer aims to seek out examples of each facet of the off-shore ecosystem that is visible from the boat and the guides provide commentary and information on what is sighted and encountered while on the tour.

The boat is equipped with an onboard microscope, connected to two television screens. This enables the guides to show images of some of the multitude of tiny organism that live in Table Bay.  Bigger creatures like birds, seals and penguins are seen daily. Dolphins, whales and sunfish are spotted regularly, depending on the season.

The Ocean Adventurer vessel has an adapted high-performance sailing catamaran hull, chosen for its super efficient design. It allows for the minimum propulsion required to operate the boat, making it very fuel efficient and environmentally friendly with an approximate 70% fuel saving compared to traditional charter boats.

Through education and creating appreciation of the marine environment, Ocean Adventurer strives to encourage marine conservation and to instill a love of it in every person who steps onboard their vessel.

Times: 11h00, 14h00 and 16h00
Ticket prices: Adults R180, children R90

Purchase your tickets at the boat.

Eco-tour duration: approximately 90 minutes

Ocean Adventurer departs from the Robben Island ferry jetty at the V&A Waterfront.

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