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Walvis Bay [boating & kayaking]

  • Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, Namibia

Last updated: 05 April, 2024

The region that earned its keep – and name – from whaling is now somewhat ironically better known for abundant wildlife and biodiversity than harpoons in the surprisingly rich waters offshore.

Boating and kayaking ecotours are top draw. Birdlife is prolific, and close-up encounters with pelicans, flamingos and petrels are all but assured.

The same goes for the ubiquitous Cape Fur seals, while dolphins, penguins and even sunfish are occasionally seen. Tours end with Champagne and a platter of fresh local oysters.


Price from: £40
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around
Duration: Half-day

Getting there & doing it

Boat and kayaking tours are usually a half-day, leaving from the Walvis Bay waterfront first thing in the morning, and returning for lunch. Transfers from Swakopmund are available at extra cost. Private charters are available on request.

All equipment is provided and no prior kayaking experience is needed.

When to do it

The best time to visit Walvis Bay, and Namibia in general, is the dry season from June to October, but it is a year-round destination with generally pleasant weather.

Boat and kayak tours run all year round, seven days a week. Departures are usually early morning, before the wind picks up.

Who to go with: organised tours


Our selection of the best Viator tours of this attraction or activity

  • Walvis Bay

Get to experience the original Pelican Point Seal Kayak adventure, watching with these amazing animals in their natural environment without disturbing any wildlife. Truly Eco Friendly. We pride ourselves in respecting all wildlife and teaching all our guests as much as we can about Namibia.

Price €66

Min age 3

Rating 4.94 / 5 [34 ratings]

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Who to go with: tour operators


Our writer’s recommended tour operators to book with

Mola Mola

  • Walvis Bay, Erongo, Namibia

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Mola Mola

In the eco-tourism business for nearly 20 years, Mola Mola actually operate the Walvis Bay marine tours that many travel agents sell. Happily, you can also book direct.

Namibia Kayak Tours

  • Walvis Bay, Erongo, Namibia

Well-regarded local Walvis Bay tour operator offering affordable kayak tours off Walvis Bay’s Pelican Point, safaris to Sandwich Harbour and combos of both.