Dyer Island Cruises offers Marine Big 5 Whale Watching tripsfrom
Choose a whale watching trip with possible sightings of South Africa’s
“marine big five”- whales, great white sharks, African penguins, Cape fur seals, and dolphins –
on a cruise around Dyer Island, accompanied by an onboard marine biologist.
Visit to the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary is FREE.
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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!
RATES: Compulsory R50 conservation fee payable by every person
SOUTH AFRICAN RATE
Adults: R1 440 per person
Children u/12 years: R1040 per person
Children u/5 years: Free of charge
Adults: R1 800 per person
Children u/12 years: R1 300 per person
Children u/5 years: Free of charge
Time-related itineraries are dependent on tides, weather conditions and the number of tours scheduled for a particular day.
- 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.
- Marine Big 5 Tour 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 the endangered African penguin.
- 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 two decades of experience, we know where to expect the best whale sightings.
- Southern right whale season is between mid-June to end-November. Around this time our focus will be on spending some time with these incredible whales who are visiting our shores to mate and calve.
- We can encounter the more reserved resident Bryde’s whale throughout the year. From mid-December to mid-June we actively search for this species during our tours.
- We may also sight magnificent Humpback whales at the start and end of their migration season.
- We also have three dolphin species that move through the area – common, bottlenose, and endangered humpback – so if we are lucky, we may see one of those.
- We will spend a short time at shark cage diving boat of our sister company to show you a great white shark and possibly also copper sharks
- Remember that this is wildlife we are dealing with, and sightings aren’t guaranteed, however, our team will do our best to show you as many of our Marine Big 5 as possible.
- 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 our focus is on research, conservation, education, and the upliftment of our community.
- All clients will receive an online check-in link, which needs to be completed and the indemnity signed to be allowed to board the tour.