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Whale Watching Trip with RETURN Transfer from Hermanus


Activity Description

All trips are weather and tide dependant and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.

The boat, Dream Catcher, is the first boat in South Africa to be designed specifically for whale watching. It is extremely comfortable and spacious, with onboard toilets, observation deck for photography enthusiasts, PA system and even a hydrophone! Dream Catcher is 14m long and complies with all the safety regulations set out by the marine authorities.

Once you have arrived at The Great White House, you will receive a brief introductory talk about the route, safety, and what to look out for. Passengers are fitted with comfortable life-jackets and waterproof jackets. Safety is of the utmost importance.

Whale Watching Trip length is between 2 and 2.5 hours, depending on sightings and weather conditions. All cruises depart from Kleinbaai harbour near Gansbaai. Dyer Island is located 8 km from shore and is an access controlled Important Bird Area (IBA) for the conservation of its many resident bird species, including African penguins. Adjacent to Dyer Island is Geyser Rock, home to a 60,000 strong Cape fur seal colony. These seals are present all year round. We will take you into the channel of water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock known as the world famous ‘Shark Alley’. We will then take you to the whale hot-spots in the bay. With over a decade of experience, not only do we know where to expect the best whale viewings, but the whales have also learned where to expect us!

We pride ourselves on being both fun and educational. Each trip is led by experienced marine biologists and guides who will share their knowledge with you, keeping emphasis on the welfare and conservation of the animal. Responsible tourism is our main objective so we focus on conservation, education, community upliftment and safety.

The boat is surveyed annually by the SA Maritime Safety Authority, conforms to its specifications and is licensed and fully insured for 50 passengers and 6 crew. Safety equipment includes first aid kit, radio and cellular phone.
All clients have to sign an indemnity form on arrival before they can ride no sign no ride.


Duration2 hours 30 minutes
WhenIn Season :: Eco Marine Trips – 01st January to 31st May :: Whale Watching Trips - 1st Jun to 31st December. Seven days a week – weather dependent.
WhereBefore the trip, guests meet at the Great White House in Kleinbaai. We then take a 200 metre stroll down to the harbour to board the Whalewatcher
WeatherDue to variable weather conditions the trip may not always be possible and is therefore not guaranteed. Time-related itineraries are dependent on tides, weather conditions and the amount of tours scheduled for a particular day.
What to WearWindbreaker, warm clothing, tekkies/sneakers.
Things to BringBinoculars, camera, warm clothing.
Guests or SpectatorsExtra cost - please make a booking.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsChauffeur driven transfer from and to Hermanus, Boat Trip, tea and coffee with muffins on arrival, bottled water on-board and warm soup & bread once back on land.
ExclusionsExtra drinks and snacks. Purchase link for video footage of your trip R200.00.


All trips are weather and tide dependant and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.
Please allow enough time for transport from Hermanus (1 hour) when travelling to Gansbaai. Please be aware that there are road works en route and waiting times are included in the above travelling times.

Customer Reviews

Great experience, very elegant and comfortable welcoming tea, professional briefing and excellent mix of super professional and very friendly boat team with marine biologists and volunteers. It was really impossible though to get in touch with you via e-mail - bookings@whalewatchsa.com, to book, when I was at The Backpack hostel in Cape Town - there was still this old e-mail address of yours on your leaflets at the hostel. So I managed to book only via Merendith from Marine Volunteers, who has been super extra nice and kind with me. I wish you all the best in your work and effort to show, safeguard and protect the marine world! Warm greetings from a pretty rainy and cold Torino - Turin, Italy now that's Autumn towards Winter in this hemisphere! Prisca - Prisca Giaiero

An excellent trip with very good commentary from Jacky ( Jacki Jacquline?). Other members of the crew were also very helpful and knowledgable. The final sight of a whale breaching on our way back to harbour was a super end to an interesting excursion. - Mrs Linda Williams, Mr Graham Williams, Mrs Lourine Smyth, Mr Andrew Smyth

It was a grear trip but the sea was very rough and lots of people were puking. We were lucky to see 2 southern right whale mamas with their babies on Dec 23rd when whale season is usually over. Also did we see a glimpse of a great white when stopping by the shark cage divers. I recommend this trip to those who don't get seasick - Steffen Brigitte

Hi, everything was fine, lots of information, all people were friendly and habe tips, where we can see the animals. BUT: We did. the second Trip at this day and ordered the film you took and paid for it. But up to now you did not send an email with the film or a link or something else. Kind regards Petra Johnen - Johnen Petra

Dyer Island Cruises offer a really amazing service. The crew are the best. The captain knows the area and the whales and other species. The Naturalist gives great information and the rest of the crew are always great at answering questions and providing information. We saw Right Whales, Humpbacks as well as a Brydes Whale. Along with Great White Sharks, Penguins and Fur Seals. AMAZING! - Mark Budding

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