The Ivanhoe left the harbour at 5:35pm with an expected Sunset due at 7:50pm. We left the harbour and travelled along the shores of De Kelders to visit the first point of interests the “De Kelders Caves”, we spotted plenty of marine bird life and the occasional African Penguin and Cape Fur Seal.
We then cruised passed the Gansbaai harbour as we headed out towards Danger Point, and en-route the guests were served a choice of sparkling wine from JC Le Roux.
As we approached danger point, our guests could see why it was named “Danger Point”, as from a distance we could see the angry waters, with 2 to 3 meter waves crashing onto the reef. We were however unfortunately unable to navigate to the point to get a better view of the light house and the actual sinking spot of "HMS Birkenhead".
We then leisurely cruised closely along the shore line and the guests were served an exclusive platter of cheese to enjoy whilst observing the local seal colony. There was plenty of barking and family feuds between the seals sharing their real estate. The guests were thrilled with the close proximity which provided really good entertainment, as well as excellent photographic opportunities.
There must have been 30 to 40 seals of all ages, with the occasional naughty young seals trying to dive into the water but their aim was not too accurate. We saw a number of them nose diving into rocks, however the young seals quickly managed to master the shock of their poor landing and soon found their way into the water.
We then moved off and slowly made our way back towards the harbour for the finale of the sunset, and guests were served with more wine to enjoy, as the sun started to drop. The photographs tell the story as some stunning photography was on offer (a selection of photos are attached).
The Ivanhoe was stationed at the harbour entrance to witness the sun finally hit the ocean at the expected 7:50pm sunset before returning to port.
By all accounts an excellent time was had by one and all!