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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

Quite a long ride from Cape Town (3 h), but a nice minibus and a very helpful driver and a great boatride and a Southern right whale + calf and some other animals. - Maria Vogel


Was great and exciting. Spent awesome time. Crew was professional and very friendly. Saw big 5 marine. Even ocean splush was unforgettable experience. Hope will have opportunity to go again. Thanks for super time on the ocean. For sure will recommend to my friends... - Edyta Postol


Nice n good - sunil lakhiani


The boat trip itself was excellent but we got a minibus transfer from Cape Town and it took a LONG time and was incredibly uncomfortable. In the end we were out for around 10 hours, over 6 of which were spent in a cramped minibus. It spoiled the memory of the boat trip and we cancelled our plans for the next day because we were so sore. Like I said the boat trip and all the staff were fantastic but unless you're driving yourself I wouldn't do it if you're based in Cape Town. - Stephen Booth


My daughter and I LOVED our Dyer Whale Watching trip ! It's impossible to say enough good things about the staff, the crew, the boat, and the experience. The transfer to and from the site was flawless, and we were able to visit the penguin sanctuary as well. Every effort was made to see that our time on and off the water was safe and enjoyable. The crew was able to show us a humpback whale, and a Southern right whale mother and her calf. A juvenile whale treated us to a show while slapping the water repeatedly with his tail! It was awesome. We also got to see three sharks investigating people diving in a shark cage Not something I would like to do! Then there was a visit to the seals on their island, and the unexpected sight of five penguins swimming. And the hot soup and bread was very welcome after we returned. I especially like that the price of the trip helped fund this group"s conservation efforts towards saving marine life. We certainly got exceptional value for our money. I recommend the Dyer company for anyone seeking an educational, tremendously worthwhile whale sighting cruise, and as an added benefit, supporting conservation efforts. - Dillow




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