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Eco Marine Safari - Self Drive (January - May)

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, an 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 –1st Jun to 31st December. Seven days a week – weather dependent.
WhereThe Great White House, where you will receive a brief introductory talk about the route, safety, and what to look out for. We then take a 200 metre stroll down to the harbour to board.
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 WearAlways bring warm clothing as it is cooler at sea than on land. Comfortable shoes /takkies.
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.
ExclusionsExtra beverages and snacks. Purchase of video footage R200.00

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

Although the sightings were limited we had a wonderful time. All the crew were friendly and knowledgeable. They took the trouble to discover if there were any special interests and then follow through with relevant information. Obviously any expedition doesn't follow a guaranteed pattern but from the Captain onwards everyone strove to make the morning one to enjoy- they succeeded. Well done to all. - Laraine Lawrence


Very well organized trip which gave us a fantastic experience of the sea life, with seals, penguins, sharks and birds. Would gladly recommend the trip to everyone. - Eli nodeland


Great trip, great boat crew. Sun was shinning. Water was a little rough but crew was able to find some great spots to see the marine Life. - Nick Simmons


Excellent tour! Team and crew were very knowledgeable, attentive and friendly :) Keep it up! One point of improvement, slight assortment in the included breakfast snack / soup after could go a long way! - Yair Shein


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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