Bird Island Boat Cruise

Bird Island Boat Cruise

Bird Island is home to 250 000 Cape gannets, the largest breeding colony of these birds on the planet.

The 19 hectare island is fairly flat which allows our guests close-up views of the Cape gannets and African penguins which nest on the island. The Bird Island group also consists of Stag Island, Seal Island, and Black Rocks.

Black Rocks is home to 4 000 playful Cape fur seals and guests also have a good chance of seeing great white sharks as they feed in this area. These islands are nearly 60 km away from Port Elizabeth, making it a half-day excursion, so it needs as early a departure as possible.

The Bird Island group, along with the St Croix Island group, recently became part of the Addo Elephant National Park, allowing rangers to patrol the islands in aid of conservation efforts to protect the African penguin population.

As they are Marine Protected Areas, please note that guests are not allowed to actually go on to the islands.

Photos courtesy of Raggy Charters.


R 2 400 per person (minimum of 4 required - only done on request).

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Please note:

72 hour advance booking by email ( is essential.

Full payment is required if not a guest of the Lodge.

This activity is weather dependent and full refunds will be made in the event that the activity is cancelled as a result of weather conditions.


The owners of Dungbeetle Tours/Dungbeetle River Lodge are qualified nature guides.

Tours into the Addo Elephant National Park will be covered by their insurance.

The other tours are from 3rd parties and although the best in their fields and come highly recommended, Dungbeetle Tours and Dungbeetle River Lodge will not be liable for any theft, injury, loss or damage of whatever nature arising from these operators, whether from default, negligence or otherwise.

Contact Details

Derek and Etta Hewit
041 468 0091
082 655 5322

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