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Eco Marine Safari - Self Drive (January - May)

Gansbaai

Activity Description

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

Duration1 hour
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 Heights1.0 m
Maximum Heights0.0 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

Customer Reviews

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




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