Knysna Heads Adventure

Prepare yourself for an educational adventure of our expansive estuary and dynamic Knysna Heads. Our Estuary consists of fascinating birdlife and compelling history. This captivating place is a unique marine protected area inhabited by 43% of South Africa’s plant and animal life.

  • Trip Duration – 45 min
  • Trips need to be scheduled with our offices (weather & sea conditions permitting)
  • Easily accessible Thesen Island Blue Flag Marine Jetty
  • Maximum of 37 pax per trip
  • Tour requires a minimum of 6 pax to proceed
  • Ideal for families or large tour groups

Great experience – Johannes is a great host!
Ross Davies

Departure Times

No set scheduled time. Guests are required to contact our offices to book this tour. This tour requires a minimum of 6 guests to proceed.

Included in Trip

  • Laliza life jackets supplied
  • Mineral water supplied
  • No food allowed


Rates - click to read more

R 490 Adults
R 310 Children under 12 years
(Valid from the 1st of December 2019 to 30th November 2020)

Directions & Parking - click to read more

Coming from PE/ Plettenberg Bay:
Take N2 to Knysna, 3rd traffic light left (Waterfront drive) follow till next traffic light, left again onto Long street and continue onto Thesen Harbour Town. At the circle, look for parking on the right we are directly opposite the True Beaked Whale sculpture.

Coming from George:
N2 to Knysna 1st traffic light turn right onto Waterfront drive, 2nd traffic light right onto Long street and continue onto Thesen Harbour Town. At the circle, look for parking on the right we are directly opposite the True Beaked Whale sculpture

GPS Coordinates - click to read more

34˚02’54,7”S | 23˚02’49,9”E

Useful Information & tips for a perfect marine excursion - click to read more

A good breakfast is key!
Very often people will go on their first trip fearing they may get sick and will skip breakfast or lunch assuming that no food in their stomach means they won’t get sick. In fact, the opposite is true. An empty stomach produces acids and can actually make you sick. Eat a good carbohydrate breakfast and rather avoid fatty or fried foods.

Keep hydrated
Don’t get dehydrated! When on the ocean it is recommended that you keep hydrated by drinking water or ginger ale but a avoid drinks that are high in sugars. We will supply you with a bottle of water prior to departure.

Keep Warm!
It is always colder on the ocean than on land. Dress in layers and bring extra clothes. Sometimes on choppy days people can get wet and chilled. We will supply you with waterproof ponchos if it is raining and have lovely warm blankets for those extra chilly days.

Don’t forget the sunblock and sunglasses!
Water reflects and magnifies the sun rays. Without protection you can get severely sunburned during your trip. Be sure to bring your sunglasses to protect your eyes from glare on the water.

Children on boats!
We love having children on board as education about the ocean is a key driver in our business. However, this activity is not recommended for children under the age of 2 years. Please remember we have other guests on board so children must be supervised by their parent/s or guardian for the full duration of the trip. For safety reasons do not allow your children to run around the boat. Boats are made of hard plastics and metals. Children must always be seated towards the back of the vessel preferably between two adults. They may not stand on the seats or be seated on your shoulders for a better view. One wrong movement from the boat can send a kid flying and result in a painful injury. Please ask your children to refrain from screaming. Loud noises will put the crew on alert and unsettle other passengers. Make it safe, make it fun.

What to bring - click to read more

Rubber-soled shoes
A moving vessel is not usually the best place for high heels. Sneakers/takkies have much better traction as sometimes the decks get wet and slippery even though we have non-slip rubberising on our vessels.

Warm clothes
Ideally you should wear a nice warm jacket or hoodie as it can get really chilly out on the ocean. We will supply you with a blanket if the day is colder than normal.

Sunscreen and Sunglasses
On sunny days you can get quite a sunburn and sunglasses will help protect your eyes from glare off the water as you scan the horizon looking for whales and dolphins.

Camera or Camcorder
Make sure your batteries are fully charged or you have a spare set to ensure you don’t miss the “money shot”. And don’t forget you memory card.

What to look out for - click to read more

The Heads Adventure a beautiful and fun trip departing from the Blue Flag accredited Thesen Harbour Marina, crossing the Knysna estuary and showcasing the Knysna Heads. The skipper will identify many species of birdlife and will give an extensive history and knowledge about the surrounding areas. Click here to view our latest sightings

Terms & Conditions - click to read more