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Whale Watching Trip - Self Drive

Gansbaai

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.

Arrangements

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.

Requirements

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

We enjoyed the trip very much. Personally, I would have preferred spending a little more time around Dyer and Geyser Islands to see the seals and birds, even if at the expense of some of the whale watching. I'm sure that is a difficult balance for the crew/captain, but think at least two passes through is reasonable. Having said that, I thought the crew did a great job pursuing the whales and we did get to seem them from a distance. I thought everything was run professionally and the boat was great for its purpose. The splash jackets are a great idea as well. - Evan Hume


Despite the fact that this has apparently been a year with fewer southern right whales in evidence, we had a an excellent trip, seeing 4 different pairs of mothers with calves. In one case the calf swam right up to the boat, so we could see it just under water but at close quarters. We also saw a shark near the company's sister boat, and felt we were having much more fun on our boat that those stuck in a cage alongside the other boat. Many thanks to all the staff and crew for such a special trip. - Michael Longman


Excellent trip, well organised, led by passionate and knowledgable staff, great experience from first to last. - Jim Wallis


Great trip! - Annemarie Essink


I enjoyed the trip very much, the presentations before we went on board were not only important for safety but explained what we would see, why we might see them and the environmental impacts. Particularly interesting was the information about the perilous status of the African Penguin, it spurred us to take some action to help with their conservation The trip itself was great at a time when fewer whales had migrated south than normal we still managed to find and see a Southern Right Whale and her calf, 3 great white sharks, seals and other bird life Well worth the cost . - David Matthews




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