Boat Based Whale Watching
Experience the majesty of Southern Right Whales in their natural environment – A scenic two-hour drive from Cape Town, Kleinbaai is the gateway to Dyer Island. After an introductory talk you will be fitted with life jackets and waterproof jackets and set off in our safe, comfortable boat. The trip is led by experienced marine biologists and guides who know where to find the best whale viewings. You will first cruise the channel of water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, which is home to a colony of 60 000 Cape fur seals. Then we will take you out into the bay to find the best whale watching spots. This fascinating trip is ideal for ocean enthusiasts of all ages, and offers unobstructed views of one of the widest varieties of marine life on offer.
What You can Expect
When you book a trip with us, we contact your accommodation the evening before your tour to confirm your departure time. Trip times vary according weather and tide conditions.
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 outmost importance; as such we have extensive public liability insurance.
Trip lengths are 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 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 take you into the channel of water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock known as the world famous ‘Shark Alley’. Thereafter we make a detour around 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 boast South Africa’s largest boat-based whale identity catalog and we see re-sightings of the same individual whales year after year.
- Boat-based whale watching
- Southern Right whales peak season from July to December
- See whales, seals, penguins as well as various seabird species
- Possibility of seeing Great white sharks and dolphins