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Dyer Island Cruises is a licensed boat-based whale watching operator situated in Kleinbaai, near the world famous Dyer Island, Gansbaai, South Africa. Our Marine Big 5 trips present guests with the opportunity to spot the ocean’s Marine Big 5, which includes, sharks, whales, dolphins, penguins and seals. Every year from June to December, the Southern right whales arrive to mate and calve. Witness mating displays, breaching, tail slapping, spy-hopping and more. We may also see Bryde’s whales, Humpback whales, the elusive Humpback dolphin, Common dolphin, an incredible array of seabirds and we guarantee a sighting of our almost 60 000 strong Cape fur seal colony on Geyser Rock as we cruise down the infamous Shark Alley. Our on board marine biologist will be on hand to teach you more about the amazing animals that visit our shores. We are certified by Fair Trade in Tourism, live by our motto of ‘Discover and Protect’ and work together with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. We are only 2 hours drive from Cape Town along a scenic route through the Overberg area. The trip includes an educational briefing, coffee/tea and muffins upon arrival and warm soup and bread after the trip. Professional video footage is available to purchase after your trip.

Q Are there any age limits?


Q How long is the trip out to sea?

2 Hours

Q What should I bring?

Always bring warm clothing as it is cooler at sea than on land. Waterproof/windproof jackets are available on the boat. We will provide inflatable life jackets. Please remember to use sunscreen. Please use anti-seasick medication well in advance if you are prone to motion sickness.

Q Do you offer transport from Cape Town?

Yes. Return transfer from Cape Town is available at R550 and R400 from Hermanus.

Q What happens if the weather is bad?

All our trips are weather dependent and therefore trip times can only be confirmed the afternoon before the trip. In the event that we have to cancel a trip due to bad weather, guests will be fully refunded, alternatively they can re-schedule.