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Whale Watching Trip - Self Drive

Gansbaai

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.

Arrangements

Duration2 hours
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 had a great trip . Upon arrival all the people we met from the company were very helpful and welcoming . The boat was an exciting surprise quite an exhilarating journey out to the whales. The weather was excellent early November and we got to see a hump back and then some southern right with calves. Lots of seals at shark alley on the islands. The whole experience was very well run from the initial briefing session right through to when they show you the video of your own trip after it. Thank you. - Graham Thorpe


Very nice experience. Friendly and capable crew. Well- organised! - Steven Keuning


We had a really professional experience with very knowledgable crew. We popped in the day before (from Hermanus) to confirm times & weather for the following day and received excellent advice for seasickness which I was worried about. Top tip: have one anti-motion tablet (I used Stugeron) after dinner the night before and one again the next day 2 hours before the morning boat ride. And for breakfast something light, no dairy, so I had toast. And was absolutely fine! I also sat at the back on the lower level near the engine which is more stable. Both levels are open so you get plenty of sea breeze. And unlike the shark cage boats, you dont stop for long, so there is no bobbing about and in fact this boat goes really fast (there is only 50 onboard so it's quite agile). We saw a Southern Right Whale with her calf immediately and then more. Incredible! We then saw 2 small sharks around a shark cage boat (Orca had been in the bay so sharks were hiding!) and Humpback Dolphins then on Dyer Island both Penguins and Cape Fur Seals. This was a HUGE colony of seals & they were all in the water playing - it was magical! The whole trip was just under 2 hours and what I had under-estimated was just the sheer pleasure of being out in a fast boat looking at the amazing white sand dune-backed coastline & the glittering sea. - Miranda Holden


The trip was well organised and everything was like it was promissed. We had grad luck to see many Wales, dolphines, etc.. Thanks again for the great Service :-) Ralph - Ralph Hofmann


The cruise was great. I got sea sick but my husband had a blast! =) The crew was highly professional and we both felt safe and in good hands. Soup and bread at the end (and some ginger ale for me) was a real help ;) We enjoyed seeing the whale and her calf, the seals and the sea gulls in their natural environment. Thanks! - Rinat Frankle




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