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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

Very friendly staff. And the tour guide on board is very informative. - Du-Aine Dunston


Hello, the experience was great! The boys are lively and careful. Thank you! - Sue Nishikawa El Aur


It was an amazing day with the team and we loved seeing the Great White, penguins floating and cleaning, the seals and especially the humpbacks travelling with us. What made it extra special and really recommendable, was the great input from the marine expert on Board. We stayed another 45 minutes afterwards, asking tons of questions and she was more than willing to answer everything, show an additional video clip and so on (plus, a great dinner recommendation for Hermanus). Now we are proud sponsors of a penguin home and will not forget our beautiful day with the team. Thank you! - Mark Mahlmeister


Our group had a wonderful time on the Whale Watching Trip, despite some suffering with sea sickness! Sadly, there were not as many sightings as we anticipated and hoped for (that's wildlife!), but the whole experience – from the briefing, the friendly staff, the safety, the well informed (and compassionate) crew and the refreshments afterwards – was superb. Highly recommend. - Angela Smith


Es war eine tolle Erfahrung Wale (2), Pinguine (2) und seals ( Tausende) auf dem offenen Meer zu sehen. Einen Hai haben wir auch gesehen, da wir zu den Leuten, die shark diving buchten, gefahren wurden. Es wurde gut erklärt, auf dem Boot waren auch noch weitere Voluntars vertreten, die bei Bedarf übersetzten. Vorab gab es Kaffee und Muffins und hinterher Suppe. Wenn man in Südafrika ist, sollte man diese Tour machen. - Isabel Wachs




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