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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 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.

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 phantastic time and would recommend you any time - we actually did: when we stayed at Gondwana, we met a few people and highly recommended a whale watching trip with you guys. - Irmgard Di Luzio


This was our second Eco-Trip with Dyer Island cruises, and once again we had a great experience. The weather was beautiful, and very clear, and although we didn't see any whales this time - it was very late in the season, we did see some copper sharks around the shark diving cage, a pod of dolphins, and also had a great sighting of a sunfish, which came really close to the boat. Your crew and especially the guy doing the sighting are great and so informative. We love the fact that you are all so focused on conservation and the environment. We hope to come back next year. Thank you. - Amanda Brown


Absolutely superb experience. Every member of staff who I encountered was extremely courteous and professional. The whale watching was amazing and the care for the environment is evident in everything that they do. Must visit the Penguin Sanctuary when you are there which is another great initiative. - Richard Lyon


Wonderfull boattrip we were able to see whales, cape fur seals, african penguins and even a glimps of a great white shark. What makes the trip special is visiting dyer island ( all the birds) and geysers rock, home of 60.000 cape fur seals, and the stopover at the cagediving spot for great white sharks. So beautifull to see! We had a lovely time. Thanks to all the marine tour guides who did an excellent job to keep us dry and tell us all about the species and marine life. - Nynke Visser


It was amazing to see whales playing near the shore for a long time. Also watching hundreds of noisy and smelly seals was great. Unfortunatelly we did not see white sharks. And the best of the trip: It was perfect organized and safe. Thank you - Helmut Eckler




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