Whale Watching Excursion to Dyer Island, Gansbaaai

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Fitness level: Everybody welcome
Duration: 2 hrs
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, English
Minimum age: From 13 years-old and up
Cancellation policy: moderate More info

Activity description

Get a front-row seat in the splash zone on this whale-watching excursion to Dyer Island!

The only place in the world where you can see both Southern Right whales and great white sharks on the same trip, experience survival of the fittest first hand on this marine safari to Dyer Island. Home to whales, seals, penguins and great white sharks, discover and protect on this eco-tour from Gansbaai.

Gansbaai is a two-hour drive from Cape Town on the Cape Whale Coastline. An 8km boat trip to Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, it is home to a Cape fur seal colony and is a rare bird sanctuary – it subsequently has the highest population of great white sharks. The activity base is at the Great White House in Klienbaai, within walking distance of the slipway where the shark cage diving boats are launched.

Meet your conservation team at The Great White House in Gansbaai for this whale-watching excursion to Dyer Island. Organised according to tides and weather conditions, all tours start with a brief introductory talk about the route, safety, and what to look out for.  Each 2-hour trip is led by experienced marine biologists and guides who will share their knowledge with you, keeping the emphasis on the welfare and conservation. A short 20-minute boat ride from the marina, Dyer Island is an Important Bird Area (IBA) and renowned for the conservation of resident bird species that include the Africa Penguin. Neighbouring Dyer Island is Geyser Rock  - a 60,000 strong Cape Fur Seal colony that are present all year round. Travelling through the channel named ‘Shark Alley’ there is a chance to see the predation habits of Great White Sharks and migrating whale populations (season depending) that have been known to investigate the boat – and get very close!

Operating throughout the year, marine safaris cannot guarantee sightings, but from June to December guests are likely to see southern right whales, great white sharks, seals and penguins, whilst from January to June there are sightings of Bryde’s whales, Humpback whales and dolphins. 

Offer Description

Morning trips: Coffee, tea and muffins on arrival and a light lunch after
the trip
Afternoon trips: Light lunch before the trip followed by soup and bread
after the trip
Visit the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary free of charge
Stopover in Hermanus on the return trip to Cape Town

Activity requirements

Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

R25 conservation fee per booking - paid on the spot

Special terms

Please note: Departures organised according to tides and weather conditions - to be organised with your guide prior to arrival.

Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed

Possible transfers to be arranged after booking and paid on the spot:

Return Transfer From Cape Town: R600 per person
Return Transfer From Hermanus: R450 per person
Helicopter flights and exclusive transfer rates available on request.

  • Wildlife Guide & Boat Excursion
  • Park fees
  • Life Jacket
  • Transport to Gansbaai
Do not forget to bring
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Sunglasses/Suncream
  • GoPro/Camera
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Meeting point
Dyer Island Cruises, 5 Geelbek St, Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa Get directions

Cancellation policy

Cancellation 10 days or more prior to the agreed activity date
You will be automatically refunded for the full amount for the activity
10 days
Cancellation between 4 and 10 days prior to the agreed activity date
You are entitled to a 50% refund
4 days
Cancellation 4 days or later prior to the agreed activity date
No refund will be possible
Weather Guarantee
Regardless of the date, if the activity is cancelled due to bad weather conditions, you will be offered a refund or the chance to reschedule