Marine Big 5 - South African Special Voucher


South Africa, this is for you! 40% Discount on our Marine Big 5 Tour. T's & C's Apply. Operating dates as indicated on the calendar.

Activity Description

If you plan to book an infant seat, include this to the number of children (11 years and younger) booked, and select the add-on to INCLUDE Discounted infant seat (0-4 years). Kids under 5 years old are free of charge.

All trips are weather and tide dependent 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 on board toilets, an 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. Dream Catcher can accommodate 30 guests.

We will also use our smaller vessel, Whale Whisperer, during August and December 2020 until the travel ban is lifted. Whale Whisperer can accommodate 17 guests.

Please refer to our COVID-19 blog for all the COVID-19 protocols that we have in place.

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.


ProviderDyer Island Cruises (Pty) Ltd
Duration2 hours
WhenIn Season :: Eco Marine Trips – 01st January to 31st May :: Whale Watching Trips –1st Jun to 31st December. Seven days a week – weather dependent.
WhereThe Great White House, where you will receive a brief introductory talk about the route, safety, and what to look out for. We then take a 200 metre stroll down to the harbour to board.
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 WearAlways bring warm clothing as it is cooler at sea than on land. Comfortable shoes /takkies.
Things to BringBinoculars, camera, warm clothing, masks
Guests or SpectatorsAlways bring warm clothing as it is cooler at sea than on land. Please remember to use sunscreen. Please use anti-seasick medication well in advance if you are prone to motion sickness.


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

InclusionsBoat Trip, bottled water on board, hand sanitizer.
ExclusionsExtra beverages and snacks. Purchase of video footage R200.00.


All trips are weather and tide dependent and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before. Please wear your mask.
Kids under 5 years old are free of charge.
Please allow enough time for transport from Cape Town (3 hours) and 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

I really enjoyed the Maine Big 5 experience. The staff was very attentive and helpful. We saw a lot of birds and the island with the seals were so interesting. I will definitely recommend this outing to any one who loves nature. - Marlene Lombard

FUN! Although our trip was out of season, Dyer Island Cruises went out of their way to ensure that we saw at least 1 whale. Doing their utmost to adhere to Covid safety regulations the tour-group was split into 2 and we ended up on the smaller boat. Clinging on for dear life IT WAS A TREAT! Fast, exciting, exhilarating. The crew is very much into conservation and turned the boat around to pick up plastic rubbish from the ocean. We even ended up going back to the island to save a sick penguin. We will definitely to go back in season. Whoop-Whoop! - Sharne Kriek

Very very nice, personnel very well trained, skillful crew and skipper. Very good overall experiance. - Johan

Good day! Overall trip, only a pleasure as always! Presentation on the Marine activities very good and informative. Although every trip depends on Nature, not all the Marine big 5 can be seen on every scheduled trip, some more interesting than others. We missed out on the sharks this time, as there was no shark cage diving trip out at the same time that could demonstrate the shark life. Very good value & definitely highly recommended for local, as well as travellers. - Deon Louw

What a lovely experience, and very knowledgeable staff. - Luzuko Siyaka

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