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Halifax Island boat trip

Halifax Island boat trip

Overview: Halifax Island boat trip

For those who make the journey as far south as Lüderitz, a trip on the Zeepaard to Halifax Island is a must. In stark contrast with the desert landscape that characterises much of southern Namibia, the cold waters and rocky islands here are teeming with wildlife.

You’ll congregate at 8.00am at the Lüderitz waterfront jetty, where you’ll meet your skipper, Heiko. With over 20 years at sea (including circumnavigating the globe!), he has plenty of experience, so you are in very safe hands. Find your seat and settle down, taking advantage of the blanket and hot drink provided for passengers; it can get very cold on board. Heiko, used to run the Sedina schooner tours before moving on to the catamaran Zeepard.

As the boat pulls away from the jetty you’ll be heading for Shark Island and on to Diaz Point, before your final destination, Halifax Island. During the trip, it isn’t uncommon to be escorted by Heaviside dolphins, which enjoy riding the waves of the boat. These small stocky dolphins have a very limited range, occurring only off the west coast of South Africa and Namibia, so sightings are a real treat.

Approaching Diaz Point, where the Portuguese explorer Bartholomeu Dias came ashore in 1487, you’d be hard pushed to miss the colony of Cape fur seals, which are often referred to as the dogs of the ocean due to their curious and playful nature.

Humpback whales are more likely to be seen in the winter months (July to September) but even then, sitings are rare.

Then it’s on to your final destination, Halifax Island, a breeding ground for African penguins. Here the boat will pull up so that you can sit and watch the penguins waddling across the rocks and diving through the waves.

As the Zeepaard turns for home you’ll have plenty of time to watch out for seabirds, including cormorants and flamingos, before returning to the jetty at around 10.00am. This also gives you plenty of time if you want to head over to the ghost town of Kolmanskop to catch the 11.00am guided tour.

NB On occasions when the Zeepaard is full there is another company that we use for trip to Halifax Island.

What to take: It can get pretty chilly on board, so do wrap up warm, and wear sensible shoes that won’t slip if it’s wet. The trip offers some excellent photographic opportunities, so we recommend that you bring your camera in a waterproof bag, as well as a pair of binoculars to get a really good view of the seabirds.

Please note: Expert Africa can only arrange this boat excursion as part of a full, Expert Africa itinerary.
See the Holiday ideas, below, for examples of such itineraries.
Start location
The excursion will set off promptly at 8am from Lüderitz Waterfront Jetty.
End location
You should be back at the jetty for 10am. (This leaves you with enough time to head to Kolmanskop to make the 11am guided tour).
2 hours

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What to look forward to.

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Heavyside dolphins will often accompany the boat...
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You'll sail around Shark Island and on to Diaz Point...
3 of 8 you a unique perspective on the ragged coastline...
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There are vast numbers of penguins on Halifax Island...
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...and you'll get a chance to study these birds...
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...and watch them going about their business...
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...before returning to the jetty at around 10am.

Heavyside dolphins will often accompany the boat...

You'll sail around Shark Island and on to Diaz Point... you a unique perspective on the ragged coastline...

There are vast numbers of penguins on Halifax Island... well as flamingos...

...and you'll get a chance to study these birds...

...and watch them going about their business...

...before returning to the jetty at around 10am.

Halifax Island boat trip reviews

27 independent first-hand comments from our travellers.

12 reviews since August 2007
Mr and Mrs MfromScotland

30 Nov 2023

"Halifax Island boat trip review"

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs NfromPortsmouth

10 Sep 2022

"Halifax Island boat trip review"

"Lovely to see penguins and flamingoes... A really good half day …" Read Mr & Mrs N’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent


25 May 2022

"Halifax Island boat trip review"

"a lot of dolphins and penguins …" Read Alice’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr HfromMichigan

8 Oct 2016

"well run and informative"

"well run and informative …" Read Mr H’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Ms Q & Mr BfromUSA

8 Oct 2016

"Great way to see penguins and flamigoes"

"Great way to see penguins and flamigoes …" Read Ms Q & Mr B’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr M & Ms HfromUK

16 Sep 2013

"Sedina - a fantastic trip"

"Sedina - a fantastic trip …" Read Mr M & Ms H’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent


14 Jan 2014

"Super trip just for the two of us"

"Super trip just for the two of us …" Read Moorfoot’s full holiday review

Overall rating: Excellent

Dr F & Mrs AfromUK

5 Feb 2013

"Not for me!"

Overall rating: Terrible

Mr & Mrs VfromCoulsdon

31 May 2011

"Sedina Boat trip"

Overall rating: Excellent

Mr & Mrs BfromCeredigion

8 May 2010


Overall rating: Excellent

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