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.
Dyer Island Cruises is one of the best. Excellent staff, clean and comfortable boat, and an unmatched beautiful ocean. We saw a great white shark near the cage diving boat, African penguins and a huge colony of Cape fur seals. The crew are also a highlight to this trip, very friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about the ecosystem. They also explained that the company is actively involved in conservation, and clients had the option to buy artificial African penguin nests! It is great to see a company give back to the ecosystem and makes you wonder why more companies do not. Really incredible, and already planning our next visit. - Amanda Moss
Brilliant trip loved by all the family aged 4 to 70! Highly recommend. Staff were lovely, very helpful and really knowledgable. - Sarah Rea
It was a great experience! Thank you. The staff was friendly and professional. I was keen to donate a penguin "house" but our transport had to leave. I cannot find anything online. - Werner Joyce
Really enjoyed this boat tour. The guide, Jacks, was lovely - extremely knowledgeable, very patient and answered all my questions comprehensively. We saw a whale, seals and penguins. Soup and bread at the end was a nice touch. Great experience! - GAURAV WADHWANI
It has been a quite an experience. A very friendly and professional Staff. To see the maritime wild life was quite striking. Also the rescue on the day of a Cape Garnet. I wonder what was wrong with him and how it is doing today. Also I was wondering how to support the Dyer Island Trust. All I could find on the website is about the trust but not if and how it can be supported i.e.. by making a donation. Thank you for given me a phantastic day out. Best regards Matthias - Matthias Ashauer
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