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Whale Watching in Cape Town

Southern Rights,, Humpbacks and Brydes– they’re all here! With so many species inhabiting this area, Dyer Island Cruises offers whale enthusiasts the most up close and personal experiences with this beloved giant.

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 boast South Africa’s largest boat-based whale identity catalogue and we see re-sightings of the same individual whales year after year.

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What you can expect

The evening before your tour you will be contacted to confirm the time of your tour, as trip times vary according to weather and tide conditions. Once you have arrived at The Great White House, you will have a brief introductory talk about the route, safety, and what to look out for.

Passengers are fitted with comfortable life-jackets and waterproof jackets. Trip lengths are between 2 and 2.5 hours, depending on sightings and weather conditions. All cruises depart from Kleinbaai harbour near Gansbaai. Found only in 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, which are present all year round. You will be taken into the channel of water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock known as ‘Shark Alley’, and then onto the whale hot-spots in the bay.

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

Peak Season: July– December

This is quite possibly the only place in the world where one can see a mighty whale and a great white shark on the same boat trip (all less than 20 minutes from harbour!).

  • Boat-based whale watching
  • Southern right whales guaranteed August to November
  • See whales, seals, penguins as well as various seabird species
  • Possibility of seeing Great white sharks and dolphins species
The Boat

The boat, Whale Whisperer, is the first boat in South Africa to be designed specifically for whale watching. It is extremely comfortable and spacious, with an onboard toilet, observation deck, PA system and even a hydrophone! Whale Whisperer is 11.5m long and complies with all the safety regulations set out by the marine authorities.

All passengers wear comfortable life jackets during the boat trip. The boat is surveyed annually by the SA Maritime Safety Authority, conforms to its specifications and is licensed for 24 passengers and 4 crew.

Safety equipment includes first aid kit, radio and cellular phone. She also has a lovely observation deck for photography enthusiasts.

About Dyer Island

Dyer Island is a 20ha Nature Reserve, situated 8.5 Km from Kleinbaai harbour in Gansbaai. It is the easternmost, of the chain of seabird islands of the Western Cape, South Africa. Dyer Island is managed by CapeNature, primarily for seabirds and shore birds. Some of the birds breeding on the island include the vulnerable African Penguins and endangered Bank Cormorant and Roseate Tern. Other breeding species include the Cape, White-breasted and Crowned Cormorants; Leach’s Storm Petrel; African Black Oystercatchers; Kelp and Hartlaub’s Gulls. The island is recognised as an Important Bird Area (IBA), which gives Dyer Island the same status as an IBA anywhere else in the world. There are 1228 IBAs in Africa, and 101 in South Africa. Thus, from a national bird conservation perspective, Dyer Island is one of the hundred most important sites in the country.

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