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Whale Watching Trip with RETURN Transfer from Cape Town

Gansbaai

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 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 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 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.
Please allow enough time for transport from Cape Town (3 hours) 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

Excellent trip - a bit choppy at sea but still managed to see 4 of the marine big 5. Excellent views of the Southern Right Whale and the cape fur seals! Really great trip - glad to see some of the ticket price going to help the conservation projects! - Oliver Gray


Had a great time with Dyer Island Cruises on the Marine Big 5 tour. It was an experience of a lifetime for us, since we could see all the marine big 5 animals - humpback whales, great white shark, sea lions, dolphins and African penguins from a close distance. The crew was very professional and very friendly, and they were very good at quickly spotting the animals and moving our attention towards them. They also provided pick up and drop service from Cape Town, however, I felt that was overpriced at 600 Zar per person. I highly recommend Dyer Island Cruises for the whale watching experience. Thanks to the crew and management. - Rohit Joshi


My transfer from hotel was on time and the driver very pleasant. The cruise was very informative with a relaxed atmosphere and safety was of utmost importance. Overall a nice experience. - Mr Bryan Rowe


Very pleasant experience. The crew of the ship were very helpful, and we saw an amazing amount of sea animals in their natural habitat. 9/10 - Brian Gillespie


We had an awesome experience. The driver who picked us up at the hotel was so nice and polite! When we arrived at the great house everything was very organized and the staff was really helpful. The whale watching experience was amazing ! We saw 2 whales, many penguins, seals, dolphins and 1 shark. The return trip to Cape Town was good as well. Unfortunately I don’t remember the driver’s name, we loved him! - Isabela Assis Michalaros




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