Boats to offer adventure island cruises

2016-11-17 06:00
=Stampede Cruises offer the opportunity to visit St Croix, Jaheel and Brenton Island, or the Bird Island Group. Photo: MORNé DU RANDT

=Stampede Cruises offer the opportunity to visit St Croix, Jaheel and Brenton Island, or the Bird Island Group. Photo: MORNé DU RANDT

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Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality together with Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism enthusiastically supported the launch of a new venture for locals and tourists that creates enhanced accessibility to the marine tourism offerings.

Stampede Cruises and the Blue Pearl will offer unique excursions that include waterfront cruises and island cruises.

Algoa Bay is an incredibly diverse bay with four estuaries which need protection, the largest coastal dune field in the Southern Hemisphere, many historical shipwrecks, beautiful and safe beaches, some of the most diverse and colourful coral a diver could find as well as a variety of marine mammals and birds.

Nelson Mandela Bay has recently also laid claim as the Bottlenose Dolphin Capital of the World.

“There is no doubt that tourism in NMB has suffered a great loss owing to closure of crucial tourism products such as the Oceanarium, Apple Express, Red Location and others,” said Anele Qaba, Executive Director: Economic Development Tourism and Agriculture.

“Losing the Jester had a negative impact on NMB tourism as a coastal attraction and I am thrilled that we are launching these two boats, though not on a bigger scale, which will close the gap left by the departure of the Jester. This product will go a long way in meeting the expectations of visitors and locals from a coastal city.”

Rod Lochhead, Director of Stampede Cruises, expressed excitement in sharing NMB’s unique natural heritage.

“Stampede Cruises offers a unique boating experience combining a deep love of nature and conservation with a strong desire to share all that Algoa Bay has to offer with local and international visitors alike.

“Our chartered tours around Algoa Bay are relaxed and fun with a touch of adventure, exploration and discovery. From the Islands to the sea life, our bay has something for all.”

Stampede Tours will offer an adventurous day out with either a leisure style or responsible conservation style tour where you have the opportunity to visit St Croix, Jaheel and Brenton Island, or further afield to the Bird Island Group.

The Blue Pearl offers adventure trips for up to 8 passengers around Algoa Bay and this creates awareness for Marine Conservation while affording passengers the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Bay from a unique perspective.

Morven Maclean, Director of the Blue Pearl advises, “An ideal cruise hugs the coast past Summerstrand to the Cape Recife light house. The way back we pass the Bell Buoy for a quick dip in the sea for the adventurous souls on board.

“We then head towards Kings Beach in through the harbour, we can then drop you off on the jetty at Algoa Bay Yacht Club or Shisas’- the South African restaurant in the Harbour - where you can get an instant cold beverage and a snack.”

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