Marine Big 5 - South African Special


South Africa, this is for you! 40% Discount on our Shark Cage Diving Tour. T's & C's Apply. Operating dates as indicated on the calendar.

Activity Description

If you plan to book an infant seat, include this to the number of children (11 years and younger) booked, and select the add-on to INCLUDE Discounted infant seat (0-4 years). Kids under 5 years old are free of charge.

This special is only valid to South African Residents. The Reservations Manager can ask for proof of residence. All trips are weather and tide dependent 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. Dream Catcher can accommodate 30 guests.

We will also use our smaller vessel, Whale Whisperer, during August and December 2020 until the travel ban is lifted. Whale Whisperer can accommodate 17 guests.

Please refer to our COVID-19 blog for all the COVID-19 protocols that we have in place.

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.


ProviderDyer Island Cruises (Pty) Ltd
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, masks
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.


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsBoat Trip, bottled water on board, hand sanitizer.
ExclusionsExtra beverages and snacks. Purchase of video footage R200.00.


All trips are weather and tide dependent and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before. Please wear your mask.
Kids under 5 years old are free of charge.
Please allow enough time for transport from Cape Town (3 hours) and Hermanus (1 hour) when travelling to Gansbaai. Please be aware that there are road works en route and waiting times are included in the above travelling times.

Customer Reviews

We love family day activities and we had a great time and the kids learned and saw so much of the marine world! The highlight was the gentle whales and the sharks around the shark cage diving boat. The kids will now always remember that if they don't want to wash, then they will become smelly like a seal :) We would like to thank Cari and the friendly and professional staff who made our day extra special. Keep well! Pecks Family Adventures - Nizaam - Pecks Family Adventures - Nizaam

The Dyer Island trip was excellent. Our guide was very informative and interesting. All the staff were very professional and friendly throughout the trip. - Kathleen Sanders & Gill Tebbutt

Ek dink die diens was vanaf die bespreking tot die dag self, baie professioneel. Die dag van die vaart, was al die personeel baie vriendelik en behulpsaam en het almal saamgewerk dat elkeen van ons 'n goeie ervaring sal beleef en met mooi herinneringe aan die dag kan terugdink. Baie dankie. Ons was al voorheen op die bootvaart, maar was verras dat die roete 'n bietjie wyer en verder was en dit was 'n bederf - sal dit weer in die toekoms doen. - Kirsie Wessels

A very slick and well managed operation with knowledgable staff. A most enjoyable experience. - Cowie

Friendly staff, well informed and passionate about the environment We enjoyed every moment! - Bonita Malherbe

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