Who we are

Ocean Legends is a tour operator based in Amsterdam, founded in 2014 by Roy and Nelleke Harmse. We combined our years of experience in tourism and marketing with our passion for diving and Southern Africa by offering scuba dive tours filled with unique and adventurous experiences.

Roy Harmse

Owner, tour guide and PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Born and raised on a game lodge in South Africa, I learned a lot about the African bush through the daily interaction with wildlife at the lodge. Inspired by my mother's cooking, I first started my first job as a chef at a 4-star lodge.

Searching for more adventure, I started traveling, and by chance I landed a job as a tour-guide with a Dutch tour operating company. I traveled with them through southern Africa for a few years and gained a lot of knowledge & experience in leading and organising tours.

But the best experience was learning to scuba dive in Mozambique during these tours. From my first dive I was hooked and I decided to continue to study and become a scuba instructor. Once qualified, I explored more of the African coast and went diving at as many places as possible, and also taught many others to dive.

It was during this time that I realised that I would like to share these two experiences with others: the beauty of Africa and discovering its underwater world. This is the reason why I started Ocean Legends Tours.

Nelleke Harmse

Marketing Director

Originally from a small Dutch village, I could not wait to explore the world. It was on one of my holidays that I traveled for the first time to South Africa, where I met my husband Roy. It was on this vacation that I did not only fall in love with him, but with this beautiful continent as well!

In the time that I lived in South Africa, I've seen and experienced a lot of what it has to offer. During normal working hours I worked as web designer and in my free time I explored, along with Roy, the immense diversity and beauty of the landscapes and intriguing cultures.