Whale-Watching Observation Cruise near Dyer Island – Departing from Gansbaai (2 hours from Cape Town & 30 minutes from Hermanus)


  • The meeting with whales and a number of other animal species

  • The Gansbaai coastal landscapes viewed from the boat

  • The friendliness and explanations of the biologist onboard

  • The moments of friendly discussion and the snacks before and after the cruise

Essential info*

  • Digital voucher accepted

Duration 3hrs30 mins

Tour with Commentary

  • English

Starting time 9:15 AM, 11:45 AM

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation


Set off to meet whales and other marine animals accompanied by a marine biologist near Dyer Island!

Once arrived in the small fishing village of Gansbaai, you will meet with the biologist and the team that will accompany you on board. Enjoy tea, coffee and muffins before heading to the water. Get ready and equip yourself for the humidity and embark on a boat to meet and admire the area’s sea life.

From January to June, you will mostly observe humpback whales and Bryde’s whales. On the contrary, between June and December, you will be able to spot right whales. With a little luck, you may also observe great white sharks that inhabit the famous “Shark Alley”, several species of dolphins as well as a diverse variety of marine birds. You will also be able to witness other inhabitants of Dyer Island: the endangered African penguins and fur seals!

Throughout the cruise, the marine biologist will share his knowledge with you in an educational and friendly atmosphere. Once back at the port, share your feelings and questions with the biologist and the other participants around a bowl of soup and slices of bread. Following this chat, if you so wish, you can also freely visit the African penguins and marine birds reserve in order to admire them from up close.

Good to know

  • Availability: every day (excluding exceptional dates)
  • Departure point: Gansbaai, 2 hours east of Cape Town
  • Duration: before the cruise, you will have a 45-minute briefing session. The cruise will last between 2 and 2 hours and 30 mins approx. You will then debrief for 30 minutes. Each briefing will be accompanied by small snacks
  • This activity is entirely secure and supervision is done by experienced professionals
  • We recommend you to bring warm and comfortable clothes. Waterproof clothes will also be available onsite
  • The tour may be cancelled in the event of bad weather or if there is only 1 participant. In this case, the activity will be rescheduled or a refund will be made
Cancellation Terms & Conditions

No charges will be levied for cancellations made more than 7 days before the date of the activity (excluding special dates). After this, the following charges will be levied:
Between 7 and 4 days prior: 50% of the price
After this time and in case of a no-show: 100% of the price
Any reservation made for special dates cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

Cancellation policy terms and conditions

Price includes

  • The whale-watching cruise off of the Gansbaai coast and around Dyer Island
  • The supervision by a professional team and by a marine biologist specialist
  • Two snacks (tea, coffee, muffins, soup...)
  • The rental of life jackets and waterproof clothes
  • Access to the penguin and marine bird reserve

Not included

  • Any additional food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
  • All other extras

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