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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 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

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

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

We really had a great a Trip and saw at least 7 Whales! The Trip was not only about viewing the Whales, but also about Education and awareness of all the polution in the Ocean! Very well done!! I can recommed this Tour to everybody! - van Duuren Lisette


Great time and excellent customer service! I had booked this way in advance for a specific date. The day before we arrived, we heard the weather was going to be really bad the day we had booked. They were able to book me for the previous day at very short notice so that we could go on this trip as the next day it was likely to be cancelled. We say both humpback and southern right whales, thousands of sea lions, penguins, a small shark, etc. We really enjoyed our trip with Dyer Island and was great to hear about their conservation work. - Carolina Griffiths


Everything was excellent (arrangements, trip, guides, info given, going the extra mile, soup afterwards) - WE HAD GREAT DAY!! - Andre Slabber


My husband and I have been on several whale watching trips before and this one was also great. To see God's creation in its own environment is magnificent. The boat was big and clean. Our whale "watcher" guide was great and very informative as were the whole crew. It was cold, so wear a jacket, bring your binocular, camera and play it safe and take motion sickness medicine before hand. You want to enjoy the trip, not get sick. - Sabrina Johnson


Second time with you. Top notch Trip. The boat is incredible. Loved our trip! - scott bauhofer




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