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The Butt Stops Here…

    We all know that cigarettes are harmful to human health. But what many people may not consider is the extensive damage caused by the used product. Dubbed ‘the butt’ – it is the most commonly discarded piece of waste worldwide. The truth is that cigarette butt waste is not only an unsightly problem, ...

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Blue Flags Flying High in Knysna

  We are beyond thrilled to announce that our three Ocean Odyssey vessels – namely Oyster Catcher, Sousa, and Dolphin II – have once again been awarded Blue Flag status for the 2017/18 year, in recognition of our commitment to conforming to Wessa’s strict environmental code of conduct during our whale-watching and Eco-Tours. We have ...

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Whale Muggings

  When one hears the word ‘mugging’, it doesn’t conjure up particularly good thoughts, unless you go whale watching, in which case you want nothing more than to get mugged…by a whale. Like we’ve said so many times before, no two whale watching trips are alike, making them wonderfully exciting and unpredictable. The truth is, ...

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Ocean Odyssey’s Rock Star Women

August is definitely a time for celebration. Not only are we at the height of an incredible whale-watching season, but also National Women’s Month is in full swing, and whilst there are without doubt many stellar men in our midst, I am going to use this occasion to honour all the rock-star women in the ...

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A Whale’s Trail

Tracking whales in the wild is not that easy in the deep, dark waters of our Indian Ocean. But it is this unpredictability of wild encounters that makes whale watching so exciting; that constant scanning of the horizon in anticipation for the tell-tale signs of whale activity. The most obvious signs to look out for ...

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An Extraordinary Sighting

The staff at Ocean Odyssey spend many hours each week seeking out the diverse web of life which thrives in our local waters. No two days are ever alike out on the ocean and it is impossible to predict what we are going to see when we get out there – it is both a ...

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Kids Learn about our Earth’s Blue Heart

“Raising environmental awareness among children is one of the most powerful actions we can undertake” – Explorer, environmentalist, educator, and film producer, Jean-Michel Cousteau) June 8th is observed annually as World Oceans Day – a day dedicated to the blue heart of our planet. The aim of this global event is to pique people’s understanding ...

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The Show Must Go On…

  It was surreal going out to sea this week in the hopes of seeing one or two migratory whales pass by. To be on such an immense body of water while our Greater Knysna area still smouldered in the distance seemed to me like some kind of cruel joke. I sat there wishing that ...

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World Environment Day 2017

Today, June 5th is World Environment Day, and now, more than ever before, we all need to be mindful of how our daily habits impact on the health of our planet. “Connecting People to Nature”, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implores people to get outdoors and reconnect with the natural world, to recognise its beauty ...

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Southern Right’s in the Spotlight.

    Knysna’s 2017 whale watching season kicked off with a bang with the arrival of no less that 12 southern right whales, one of the two baleen species which migrate here each year. The large mating group spent about a week or so in the shallow waters off Buffalo Bay before moving further up north, displaying some ...

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The Fantastic Flukes of Sea Angels

           

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Easy Riders

  Cycling is a great way to explore Knysna, as one gets to see so much more than when travelling in a vehicle. But lets be honest, not everyone is amped to burn a gazillion sweaty calories just so that they can take in all the sights and sounds of our scenic town. Ocean Odyssey ...

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The whales are on their way!

This last week has seen a marked shift in temperatures along the Garden Route as we gradually begin to usher summer out. Some may lament the end of the long, hot days and balmy nights. Not us. As winter approaches, we start chomping at the bit in anticipation. Why? Because, when the mercury dips south, ...

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A Thousand Words Photo Essay

We spend so much of our time talking about and showcasing the incredible marine diversity which can be found along our Knysna coastline, that we thought today we would pause for a moment and reflect on the breathtaking beauty of the ocean landscape itself: the shifting shades of blue, its many moods,  and its perpetual tidal dance with ...

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Heed caution for our vulnerable humpback dolphin

Buffalo Bay is one of Greater Knysna’s most sought after ocean realms and each year, its relatively calm waters lure many in search of sand and sea therapy. But we are not the only ones drawn to these sublime shores, so too is the Indian Ocean humpback dolphin, a member of the genus Sousa. If ...

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Spotlight on a Species: Cormorants

  Close to the aperture of the Knysna estuary, there are lots of jagged rocky outcrops which flank its path to the open ocean. Many of these, you will notice, are cloaked in a veil of white. This is because these boulders serve as a perch for both the Cape cormorant and the White-breasted cormorant, ...

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A Thousand Words Photo Essay

The dolphin species seen most often along our Garden Route coastline is the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops aduncus). They have a propensity for feeding and surfing the swell just off the Brenton on Sea  shoreline, and we see them very often here during our Marine Eco Tours… Images taken by Lisa Leslie               ...

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A Thousand Words Photo Essay

 They often say that a picture is worth ‘A Thousand Words’, so we thought it would be a great idea to start a blog series of photo essays with this title, in order to convey both the beauty and the diverse web of life that one can expect when visiting Knysna and booking a trip out with Ocean Odyssey. All images ...

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Farewell to an Ocean Hero

“There is simply no issue more important. Conservation is the preservation of the human life on earth and that, above all else, is worth fighting for”. – Rob Stewart (1979-2017) On January 31, 2017, the world lost one of its most dedicated and passionate ocean warriors – Rob Stewart. He died in a tragic diving ...

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New Ocean Odyssey Retail Shop

  Our new Ocean Odyssey retail shop on Thesen Island’s Harbour Town is an exciting extension of our unwavering passion for the ocean environment and the incredible diversity of life that it holds. It is bursting at the seams with an eclectic range of marine-themed décor & accessories, beach gear, branded apparel, jewellery, toys, photographic ...

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Seals: Our Most Prolific Ocean Mammal

  The most prolific species to find sanctuary along our Garden Route coastline is the Cape fur seal (Arctocephalus pusillus). Perhaps we don’t give them the attention they deserve and this may be due to the fact that we see them so often when we explore our rugged coastline during our Ocean Odyssey trips that ...

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The Future of our Marine Environment in Jeopardy.

On 20 December 2016, the future of South Africa’s sensitive marine environment suffered a monumental blow when Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa announced the rezoning of the Tsitsikamma Marine Protected Area (MPA), to allow limited fishing by members of local communities. Many experts and conservationists strongly believe that this threatens to significantly undermine 50 years ...

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Unusual Marine Encounters

We have been undeniably blessed this Christmas festive season (we were very good this year). The weather has been sublime; with mostly calm conditions for the majority of our trips out through the Knysna Heads and an ocean which has been, quite literally, heaving with an exciting and unusual diversity of marine mammals.   Along ...

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Tread lightly on the planet this season!

Tis the season to be jolly. The season for joyous celebrations and festive cheer with loved ones. It also happens to be a time when the culture of consumerism is exasperated and excessive waste generated. The truth is that our ailing planet simply cannot sustain many of our ingrained festive season habits any longer. Our ...

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Ocean Odyssey’s favourite Water-based Activities in Greater Knysna

Marine Eco Tour Ocean Odyssey introduces you to the incredible wildlife which thrives in our estuarine and marine environment. Their fascinating and educational Marine Eco Tours serve to highlight both the various geological wonders of Knysna and the complex web of life found here. Weather and sea conditions permitting, they exit the Knysna Heads and ...

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We Salute our Ocean Heroes

We salute our Ocean Heroes For many, the end of the year is a time for deep reflection and when one spares a thought for our world’s ocean environment, it is easy to feel more than a little gloomy. One merely has to Google ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ for panic and dismay to set ...

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Natural Marine Encounters

  Ocean Odyssey operates within a wonderfully dynamic marine environment. No two days out on the Indian Ocean are ever alike. Sometimes the water is crystal clear and calm, while other days sport lofty swells and turbid, frothy water. And there is just no telling what marine life you may encounter when you head out ...

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Spotlight on a Species – Knysna Seahorse (Hippocampus capensis)

The Knysna seahorse is the most celebrated aquatic resident of the Knysna Estuary. They are rather diminutive in size and unspectacular in colour, but their unique attributes make up for a certain lack of physical flashiness (which, by the way, happens to serve as perfect camouflage during hunting missions). They are extraordinary little creatures. For ...

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Our oceans and the precious life it holds is choking on plastic!

  Our Garden Route beaches are among the most beautiful in the world. At first glance, these sweeping stretches of sand meeting sea appear to be relatively pristine; that is, until you stop and take a closer look. During its daily tidal dance, the Indian Ocean spits out a sordid collection of non-biodegradable plastic, which ...

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Whales in African myth & folklore

Although not as prominent as animals like lions, hyenas, and monkeys in the myths and legends of Africa, whales certainly do feature in the traditional folktales of many local cultures.

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Meet our crew: whale spotter Grant Pietersen

How do our skippers manage to get so many sightings? Easy: the crew works as a team.

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Our friends the humpback whales

We get all doe-eyed when we talk about the humpback whale: it’s one of our favourite marine mammals here on the Garden Route.

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Making citizen science work for humpback dolphins with SouSA

It’s true: we’re unashamed fans of humpback dolphins (as you might have noticed from our earlier post: ‘Happy humpback dolphins!’)  – which is why we’re also huge supporters of the SouSA Project (sousaproject.org).

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Knysna Oyster Festival: Celebrating seafood

The 33rd Knysna Oyster Festival gets under way next week – and we’re particularly looking forward to its new ‘Seafood Wednesday’ because we’re passionate about conserving our oceans.

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Wave for change on World Oceans Day 2016

If you love the ocean and you love music, you probably love Jack Johnson’s music, too (we know we do!). So when Jack started The Wave  back in May in the run-up to World Oceans Day 2016 (which takes place on 8 June), we decided to continue it, just as he asked – and to ...

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Meet our skippers: Johannes Pikaan

Johannes Pikaan knew he loved the sea when he was a boy – and now, as a skipper for Ocean Odyssey, “It feels like I’m living my dream.”

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Seismic testing worries us

How would you react if someone made repeated and massive explosions in your ‘hood? For months at a time? Because that’s exactly what’s happening in the ocean here in South Africa. And we’re pretty sure the inhabitants dislike it.

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Whale watching makes better wind turbines

We’ve just seen our first humpback whales of the 2016 season here in Knysna – and also just learned that whale-watching was the reason why wind turbines suddenly got better.

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A smile as broad as a bottlenose dolphin’s

Man, there’s something special about bottlenose dolphins. You just have to smile when you see them!

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Whether the weather will worry you when visiting Knysna

Given Knysna’s average weather conditions? Today’s the best time to visit.

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Birding with Springtide & Ocean Odyssey: Petrels

  Spotting a whale or a pod of dolphins is always exciting – but if you know what to look for, there’s a lot more to see at sea than just the marine mammals. Like birds, for example.

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Meet our skippers: John Young

23 February 2016 - The sea has pretty much become a part of John Young’s DNA - which is definitely why he’s part of our team.

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Happy humpback dolphins!

3 February 2016 - Happy Humpback dolphins!

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What SUP with stand up paddling?

28 January 2016 - Cheesy headline, we know, but we’re so stoked on SUPping that we couldn’t help ourselves.

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A Thesen Island secret we -ahem!- bet you never knew

28 January 2016 - Fancy a flutter on the ponies? Our great-great-great grandparents here in Knysna certainly did!

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New bookings office at Knysna Waterfront

Our cheery new bookings office is making the Knysna Waterfront rock!  

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LIP-LICKING LEKKERKRY IN KNYSNA THIS SUMMER!

4 November 2015 ~ Lekkerkry? Yip: an almost untranslatable Afrikaans word for ‘so-nice-so-much-fun-so-enjoyable-so-makes-my-toes-curl-with-delight.’

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ANNUAL SAFETY INSPECTIONS: OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

29 October 2015 ~ One of our crew recently fitted a new outboard motor to his own personal sailing boat, and for a deckhand that day, he had with him his eight-year-old grandson.

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BLUE FLAG STATUS FOR OCEAN ODYSSEY BOATS

19 October 2015 ~ Woohoo! We’ve achieved another first!

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MARINE PROTECTED AREA – AN ECO-TOURISM DRAWCARD

25 May 2015 ~ Since being proclaimed a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 1990, Goukamma has been heralded as one of the country’s great marine success stories.

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THE PLIGHT OF THE AFRICAN PENGUIN

25 April 2015 - For the past few weeks, we have had many sightings of this fascinating and beautiful bird in our Knysna area.

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THE SOUTHERN RIGHT BEAUTY

22 April 2015 ~ Surely one of the most riveting sights in nature is a breaching whale; when it thrusts three quarters of its huge body out of the water, pivots onto its side and then crashes back into the sea.

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ANGELS OF THE SEA

9 April 2015 ~ With extremely long and distinctive pectoral fins, Humpback whales are often called the Angels of the Sea.

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HITCHHIKERS OF THE OCEAN

20 March 2015 ~ Certain species of barnacle can best be described as the ‘hitchhikers of the ocean’.

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THE WONDERS OF WHALES

3 March 2015 - It seems that seeing a whale in the wild is on many a proverbial ‘bucket list’.

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OUR SPECIAL DOLPHINS

26 February 2015 ~ We hear about it far too often these days; species losing their fight for survival.

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THE SONG OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE

18 February 2015 ~ One of the reasons we love humpbacks so much is because they love to sing.

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KNYSNA IS FOR THE BIRDS

14 February 2015 ~ Owing to the fact that Knysna is such a fusion of diverse natural habitats, a wide variety of birds call Knysna home, making it a genuine birding hotspot.

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FLUKES ARE THE FINGERPRINTS OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE

29 January 2015 ~ The fluke of a humpback whale is like their ‘fingerprint’. Unique is every way.

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KILLER WHALES VISIT KNYSNA

22 December 2014 - On Saturday the 20th December 2014, fourteen Orca’s (killer whales) were spotted close to the Knysna Heads.

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HANNAH’S BLOG

14 December 2014 ~ Hannah, Edge of Africa volunteer, tells us about her experience in Knysna.

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DIVING CHAMPIONS

12 December 2014 ~ Have you ever watched a Cape gannet catch fish? When you do, you will instantly be reminded of the incredible adaptations within the natural world.

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BLOOMING ALGAE

December 2014 ~ It is blooming algae out there and the sea is streaked the colour of lumo-orange.

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SAFETY FIRST. COMFORT SECOND

9 December 2014 ~ Ocean Odyssey has just acquired Sigma inflatable life jackets from LALIZAZ, one of the leading manufacturers of marine and safety equipment in the world.

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DOLPHIN DELIGHT

20 November 2014 ~ Watching dolphins in their wild watery world is an amazing spectacle.

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THE WHALES HAVE ARRIVED

28 August 2014 ~ Throughout the year a multitude of marine life can be seen here, but every winter and well into early summer, Knysna’s waters are absolutely teeming with humpback and southern right whales.

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PARTNERING FOR CHANGE

20 July 2014 ~ The latest acquisition of two new BF250 four-stroke Honda outboard motors by Ocean Odyssey

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WHY VISIT KNYSNA

12 May 2014 ~ Knysna boasts a list of accolades a mile long and features widely on travel itineraries for both local and international tourists.

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STALACTITES AT THE NEEDLE CAVES

20 June 2014 ~ During our Ocean Odyssey trips we often pause to observe certain geological features at the Knysna headlands

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TRUE’S BEAKED WHALE

27 May 2014 ~ Is it a whale or is it a dolphin?

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Birding-in-Knysna: AFRICAN SPOONBILLS

21 May 2014 ~ look out for African spoonbills (Platalea alba) when birding in Knysna; the Estuary provides perfect habitat for these elegant waders.

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OUR BEAUTIFUL BRYDE’S

7 April 2014 ~ A pod of approximately 2 000 Common dolphins as well as a magnificent Bryde's whale

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SEA FOAM

1 April 2014 ~ Anyone for a giant bubble bath? Yesterday’s Ocean Odyssey trip revealed this crazy ocean phenomenon.

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ON 31 JANUARY A PROTRACTED WAR WAS WON!

2 February 2014 ~ Ocean Odyssey and campaigners for whales around the world had reason to celebrate

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MAP & CONTACT DETAILS

Ocean Odyssey, Knysna

24B Saffron Lane
Thesen Harbour Town
Knysna

+27(44) 382 0321
+27(44) 382 0421
+27(82) 852 9402
info@oceanodyssey.co.za

REGIONAL WEATHER FORECAST

13°C
Wind: 9km/h WNW
Fog
Humidity: 100%
KNYSNA WEATHER
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17°C
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17°C
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12°C

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