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, 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.
The arrangements right from the start at Capetown to Dyers Island & back to Capetown were perfect. We were unlucky in terms of sighting any whales & also the visit to the seal colonies due to bad weather. However, being avid bird watchers, we enjoyed the Pelagic birds & the cruise as a whole. The great white shark sighting at the shark diving point was a bonus. What appealed to us the most in the trip was the very hospitable nature of the entire staff & in particular the high degree of knowledge about all the local wildlife & birds. Attached are a couple of pictures of the Shy & yellow billed Albatross & the Skua. I look forward to your response or a link if my pictures are put up. - Ashley Rasquinha
We had a fantastic experience with Dyer Island Cruises. The shuttle service was on time and very pleasant. The crew took good care of us and were very knowledgeable. Among seeing several whales, including a mother and calf, we got to see a mating pod of whales and a few breaches that were spectacular. Although I missed getting the best one on film, their videographer managed to capture it and we purchased a very nice film of our trip for a more than reasonable price. They did such a good job that we also sponsored a penguin house. Not only do I highly recommend it, we would love to do it again. - Randy Caldwell
We were very impressed with the whole trip it was a long drive but we knew that. The drive was very good and kept us informed on timings. The trip itself was very good again the staff were very helpful and knowledgeable - Lloyd Mrs Rebecca
Hey there! Just write you guys a e-mail with the feedback hahaha. The tour was amazing, we almost see all the sea's big five and the crew was amazing, really fun and professional people. In all the route i felt very safe. Thanks for the experience - Raphael Yuri Ramos
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