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Eco Marine Safari with RETURN Transfer from Cape Town


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.


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 tackies
Things to BringBinoculars, camera, warm clothing.
Guests or SpectatorsExtra cost - please make a booking.


Minimum Age2 years
Minimum Height1.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 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 warm soup & bread once back on land.
ExclusionsExtra beverages and snacks. To purchase video of your trip R200.00


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

Amazing day out. Very scenic taxi drive from Cape Town to Gansbai. Brilliant time out on the boat. Got to see two different species of whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, sun fish and the tail of a shark before it was scared off. Would recommend this experience to anyone with a keen interest in seeing marine animals in the wild, truly unforgettable experience. All the staff were very professional and informative, the skipper navigated the huge swell that day very well making us feel safe. Wish we had booked to stay down in Gansbai for a few nights as would have been nicer to have longer there. - OSMAN MRS NICOLE

Really enjoyed the dyer island cruise. Lots of wildlife was seen. All staff were very knowledgable making a great excursion. Was very well looked after and would definitely recommend if shark diving isn’t top of your to do list!! - Mr. Jody Marsden

An excellent experience served by a professional team. The team has done a great job to guide through the tour and most importantly, keep us warm by setting up the curtain to avoid rains and winds blowing heavily into the vessel. Will definitely come again to see the whale and more importantly, to donate more for houses of penguins! - WONG CHI SHUN

It was good. - Victor Künzig

It was a fun and well organized tour. We had a great time and got to see a lot of wild marine life. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable and and committed to help keeping the environment clean and safe. Our driver was very accommodating as well and made a stop to Hermanus which is a nice little town by gansbai where we had a chance to eat and shop around. Definitely recommend this tour. - Lu Chieh An & Chen Chi Yun

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