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, the evening before your tour the boat company will contact you or your accommodation to confirm the time of your tour. Trip times vary with weather and tide conditions. Once you have arrived at our office, 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. 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. 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 – From July to December
Even outside those times you’ll see African penguins, Cape fur seals, and in summer after the Southern Right whales leave you’ll spot Bryde’s whales and bottlenose and humback dolphins. Autumn brings the ‘sardine run,’ and as millions of the silver fish migrate up the coast, seabirds flock to enjoy the spoils.
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 peak season from July to December
- See whales, seals, penguins as well as various seabird species
- Possibility of seeing Great white sharks and dolphin species