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Whale Watching Trip - Self Drive


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.


Duration1 hour
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 Whale Whisperer.
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 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

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

Customer Reviews

Really enjoyed it. Impassioned speech regarding penguins . Good views of whales, seals . Bit disappointed that great white shark was a bit tiddly but still amazing to see . Shame dolphins didn't put in an appearance . But again must say great trip , friendly staff and good boat. Thank you . - John Fowler

Wonderful experience with a very friendly team of staff, a nice boat and a perfect. We do very much recommend this tour! - Wuethrich Beat

What a great experience! With everything I could get to protect me from seasickness I went on board. No troubles at all! We had a great trip and saw the whales so close by we could almost touch them! The crew was experienced and we could ask all the questions we wanted. Seeing the whales and hearing them is somethig I'll never forget. - KE Pluim-Vleeshouwer

Excellent trip, very well organised, so much fun. Very experienced and knowledgeable crew. Saw whales, shark, and sea lions. A truly wonderful experience and great memories. Very professional . Highly recommend this tour operator. - Peter and Pauline Hind

Fantastic !! Even without the whales, the boat experience itself (specially the beach landing!), and the crew were superb. The whales of course were fantastic and the skipper and crew knew exactly where to go and were fantastic spotters, seeing whales long before any of us did. They manoevered the boat so everyone got a chance to see everything but were very mindful around the whales ensuring we got close enough but not too close as to chase the whales away or cause them stress. A fantastic experience made so by very professional, enthusiastic and knowledgeable skipper and crew ... can't recommend it enough - J A Dewar

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