Dyer Island Marine Big 5 Cruise – Cape Town
Dryer Island based just offshore from Kleinbaai, and is world famous for its marine life and where on a Dryer Island Eco Cruise you may be lucky enough to see the Marine Big 5: Southern Right / Humpback / Bryde’s Whales, Sharks around the renowned Shark Alley and in addition to this, Cape Fur Seals, dolphins and the endangered African Penguin.
The Southern Right season normally runs from June – December, but during the rest of the year there is fairly regular visits by Humpback and Bryde’s Whales. On-board all cruises there will be a marine biologist and very experienced crew that will ensure you have an educational, informative and life-changing experience.
Operating Schedule: (times are wether dependant and will be advised the night before)
Morning 9h30 am – 11h30 am ~ Afternoon 11h30 am – 14h30 pm
Eco Marine Trips – 01st January to 31st May
Whale Watching Trips – 1st Jun to 31st December.
Highlights of the Dyer Island Marine Big 5 Cruise
- Get close to magnificent whales
- Luxury, custom-built whale watching boat
- Chance to see the Marine Big 5
- Expert guides on every trip
- Safety is the top priority
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Inclusions Activity Type
Tea & Coffee
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
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.
All starting point for all tours is the Great White House in Kleinbaai which has a licensed restaurant and bar, curio shop and toilet facilities. On meeting at the house you will be given a full safety and conservation briefing before departure, and then a debriefing after the tour.
From January to May all tours include tea/coffee and muffins on arrival and a light lunch after the trip. Afternoon trips include a light lunch on arrival and warm soup and fresh bread after the cruise.
The 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!
Guests are also welcome to visit the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary at no extra charge.
Dress: Comfortable and warm clothes, it can be cold out at sea.
What to bring:
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Camera / Binoculars
- Motion Sickness tablets if you are prone to motion sickness.
Child Policy : Children U12 approximately 30% discount. Children U5 Free of Charge
- Boat Trip,
- Tea and coffee with muffins on arrival,
- Bottled water on boar
- Warm soup & bread once back on land.
- Visit to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary.
- Extra beverages and snacks.
- Purchase of video footage R200.00