Welcome to Walvis Bay


Unlike Swakopmund, Walvis Bay was snatched by the British years before the German colonists could get their hands on it. As a result, Walvis Bay is architecturally uninspiring, and lacks the Old World ambience of its northerly neighbour. In marked contrast, the area around Walvis Bay is home to a number of unique natural attractions, including one of the largest flocks of flamingos in the whole of Southern Africa.

The only real port between Lüderitz and Luanda (Angola), the natural harbour at Walvis Bay is the result of the sand spit Pelican Point, which forms a natural breakwater and shelters the city from the strong ocean surge.


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$66.80 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Namibia Walvis Bay Dolphin and Seal Wacthing Catamaran Cruise

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Catamaran Charters Check-in pointEnjoy Catamaran Cruise while seeing a Shipreck, an abundance of marine life and moreDuration: 3 hours

$171.57 Outdoor Activities

Mola Mola Marine Dune Experience

The day starts with check-in - 8h30 at our Walvis Bay Waterfront Offices - to start the Marine Dolphin Cruise at 9h00. You'll receive a boarding pass and all boats depart from the Waterfront Jetty (in front of our office). The Marine Dolphin Cruise proceeds through the Lagoon area, oyster farms all the way to Pelican Point. Here you will be welcomed by the impressive 70 000 plus Cape Fur Seal Colony and the landmark Pelican Point Lighthouse. Throughout our informative guides will entertain you in English, Afrikaans, Dutch and German. Common sightings include Bottlenose and Heavyside Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, Flamingos, Pelicans, Mola Molas, penguins and Humpback & Southern Right Whales (August-November).  The return cruise to the Waterfront will include a light lunch, fresh Walvis Bay oysters, sparkling wine, beverages and bottled water. After disembarking from The Marine Dolphin Cruise guests usually have about 20 mins break before the 4×4 depart – once again from the Offices. The journey to Sandwich Harbour starts with a stop at the Walvis Bay Lagoon to view the flamingos and then proceeds to the Kuiseb River Delta through the Walvis Bay Saltpans. The Sandwich Harbour Lagoon, and it's rich wetlands, is a Ramsar site (one of five in Namibia) and we always try to reach it via the beach. This is however dependant on tides and the swell and if this isn't possible we will get a look out spot for a elevated view of the Sandwich Harbour Lagoon.   There are various stops and ample opportunity for some breathtaking photos. One of the stops also includes some light snacks, homemade bakes, beverages and sparkling wine.  Some common sightings include animals that are desert adapted like the black-backed jackal, fog-basking beetle, dancing spider (‘white lady of the Namib’), golden mole, Springbok, Oryx, ostrich, brown hyena and gecko. The Lagoon and Saltpans are home to large variety of waders.  This is a full day excursion and our vehicles usually only return after 17h30 allowing the for the full utilisation of the golden sunset.

$94.91 Day Trips & Excursions

Highlights of Walvis Bay Guided Day Tour

8:30am your day starts when you are collected you from your accommodation in Walvis Bay, after a short briefing and introduction you make your way out of the town towards Dune 7.Arrive at Dune 7 in approx. 20 minutes and once you are there you will have some free time to take photos and climb this massive dune to experience the feeling of being "on top of the world".After you had your daily exercise to the top of Dune 7, head back towards the town and onto the Walvis Bay Salt Refinery. This refinery produces a staggering 750 000 tons of salt per year, much of which is exported internationally. It covers an area of 4500 hectare and is in the process of expanding as we speak. Massive heaps of salt that looks like snow and bright pink coloured water basins provides us with spectacular photos.From here you'll head onto the Peninsula, with the calm lagoon to the right and the roaring Atlantic ocean to the left, this drive to the very tip of the Pelican Point Peninsula is an adventure itself. Along the way you'll see wildlife, a shipwreck and the Pelican Point Lighthouse.The Lighthouse was built in 1932 and stands 35 meters high. It now offers luxury accommodation to its clients and offers complete relaxation in this unique area. Once at the very tip of the Peninsula you will have the opportunity to explore and take in the great scenery surrounded by wildlife that includes the second largest Cape Fur Seal colony in the country.The Seals will keep you entertained for hours! While you are exploring , start setting up lunch which includes a variety of finger snacks, sparkling wine, local beers, water , soft drinks and a desert. After you've enjoyed some refreshments, head back towards the Salt Refinery, and then onto the Walvis Bay Lagoon.This lagoon in the southwest of town is regarded as one of the most important wetlands for birds along the southern African coast. It was proclaimed a RAMSAR site (an important wetland area for birds) in 1955. It covers the shallow lagoon, the beach and the inter tidal areas of Pelcan Point and the saltworks. Its a tidal lagoon and the best birdviewing occurs during low tide. This area is a feeding site for upto 50 % of greater flamingos found in Southern Africa  and also attracts other species like gulls, plovers, pelicans and the endemic Damara Tern. There is an estimated 170 000 resident birds around the lagoon and aprox 200 000 more stopping over during their migratory route.Stop here and enjoy the sights and sounds of this spectacular lagoon before heading back to conclude your tour at your accommodation.

$116.82 Day Trips & Excursions

Moon Landscape and Welwitschia Half-Day Tour from Walvis Bay

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Red Dune Safaris, Walvis Bay, Erongo RegionAfter picup and a quick breifing we head out of town toward the arrid Dorob National Park.Duration: 4 hours

$65.71 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Mola Mola Marine Dolphin Cruise from the Walvis Bay Waterfront to Pelican Point

The Mola Mola Marine Dolphin Cruise starts at 9h00 and usually lasts 3 hours. Check in time is at 8h30 at our Walvis Bay Waterfront Offices. All boats depart from the Waterfront Jetty (in front of our office). From here boats generally stay in the protected lagoon area with the tour done in the mornings before the infamous Walvis Bay wind picks up. All boats are stable double hull catamarans. Highlights of the excursion include Pelican Point and the Pelican Point Lighthouse, the oyster farms, Walvis Bay Harbour and various interesting vessels and rigs. Pelican Point is home to more than thirty thousand Cape Fur Seals! You will have the opportunity to sight the Bottlenose and Heavyside Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals, Mola Molas (Sun Fish), penguins, Leatherback Turtles and Whales (July-November). The bird sightings include Flamingos, pelicans, cormorants, White Chinned Petrel, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Cape Gannet, Black Oystercatcher. This will be done in the comfort of our Traditional Catamarans and two Speedboat Catamarans, all with covered cabin ares, ample seating and toilet facilities on board. Mola Mola is very strict about seating space, and never overcrowd our vessels.  Our skippers in guides will entertain you in English, German, Afrikaans and Dutch. On the excursion you will be served a light lunch, fresh Namibia oysters & sparkling wine. Soft drinks, Namibian beer and bottled water also included. The mornings can be quite chilly so warm clothes or a jacket are recommended, but blankets will also be available on board.

$113.17 Tours & Sightseeing

Swakopmund City Tour- Including Dune 7

• We start the tour when we collect you from Walvis Bay Port or from your accommodation at around 09:00am ( flexible times avail) • After a quick introduction we head to the Walvis Bay Lagoon to view the thousands of flamingos • Next we head to Dune 7, the highest dune in the area at 132 meters is sure to leave you breahtless • Swakopmund- we visit the Martin Luther Road Locamotive and discover the history behind it • Next we head to th Kristalle Galarie to view all the gemstones that are being mined in Namibia • The German Marine Memorial and Lighthouse provides us with some nice photo opportunities • The Swakopmund flea market- buy your hand crafted Namibian suvernirs • The mole- we explain what the mole is and the history behind it • 1905 Jetty- as we walk the jetty, we are transported back in time as we discover how it was built and the struggles the builders faced in construction this jetty • This concludes our tour of Swakopmund and we start heading back to your accommodation/ cruise ship.