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Whale Watching Trip - Self Drive


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 30 minutes
WhenIn Season :: Eco Marine Trips – 01st January to 31st May :: Whale Watching Trips –31st May 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 Dream Catcher.
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.


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

InclusionsBoat Trip, tea and coffee with muffins on arrival, bottled water on board and warm soup & bread once back on land.

Extra drinks and snacks.
Video link of your trip which costs R200.00 and is available 24-48 hours after trip. Once uploaded it can be shared across social platforms.


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) and Hermanus (1 hour) 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

This was a really fantastic trip. We saw lots of amazing animals and the team made enormous efforts to find them all. There was no rush, if it took a bit longer to search then we just came back a bit later. The chat and refreshments before and after we’re appreciated too. Miranda was a great guide, full of information and knowledge. The team clearly showed their passion and respect for the wildlife - not getting closer than necessary and pulling plastic out of the sea. Even washing the tiny crabs back into the sea when they came aboard. A real highlight of the holiday. The icing on the cake was seeing Miranda’s photos on her blog - much better than the ones I took. Thank you - Palmer, J

Ek was al voorheen op `n soortgelyke boottrip. Maar elke keer is dit `n unieke ervaring. Die groep wat die trip meegemaak het, was dit eens dat dit `n ongelooflike aangename ervaring was en dat hulle spyt was dat nie meer mense van ons groep dit meegemaak het nie. Alle reëlings was professioneel en die personeel/bemanning was baie behulpsaam en vriendelik. Ek glo dat die ervaring en jul diens wyd geadverteer sal word! - Alda Botha

Very friendly staff. And the tour guide on board is very informative. - Du-Aine Dunston

Hello, the experience was great! The boys are lively and careful. Thank you! - Sue Nishikawa El Aur

It was an amazing day with the team and we loved seeing the Great White, penguins floating and cleaning, the seals and especially the humpbacks travelling with us. What made it extra special and really recommendable, was the great input from the marine expert on Board. We stayed another 45 minutes afterwards, asking tons of questions and she was more than willing to answer everything, show an additional video clip and so on (plus, a great dinner recommendation for Hermanus). Now we are proud sponsors of a penguin home and will not forget our beautiful day with the team. Thank you! - Mark Mahlmeister

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