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Whale Watching Trip with RETURN Transfer from Cape Town

Gansbaai

Activity Description

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.

Arrangements

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 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.

Requirements

Minimum Age2 years
Minimum Heights1.0 m
Maximum Heights0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight150.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

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

Notes

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.

Customer Reviews

Thanks very much for great trip. The staff was very professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. The transportation which you provide from the Capetown area was very much appreciated, and essentially made the trip possible for me - very smart of you to offer this service. I have already recommended your company to the people who operate the tour I was on, who hopefully will send more people your way - I also hope to be back in the area again and will certainly plan another whale watching trip. Thanks very much. Sheldon Nelson snne@comcast.net - Sheldon Nelson


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


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


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




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