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More about Whale Watching Self Drive

This whale watching trip lasts between two and two-and-a-half hours and departs from Kleinbaai harbour near Gansbaai. You’ll receive a brief introductory talk and safety briefing before being issued with a lifejacket and waterproof. You’ll then head out to Dyer Island, about 8km out to sea.

On route to the whale watching hotspot, you’ll be able to see African penguins and Cape fur seals. The marine biologist guides will help you scan the horizon and spot whales, without disturbing their natural environment. The whale watching trip is fun and educational, with emphasis on conservation.

What people say

Really enjoyed it. Impassioned speech regarding penguins . Good views of whales, seals . Bit disappo...  -  John Fowler.



2 hours 30 minutes


In Season :: Eco Marine Trips – 01st January to 31st May :: Whale Watching Trips –31st May to 31st December. Seven days a week – weather dependent.


Before the trip, guests meet at the Great White House in Kleinbaai. We then take a 200 metre stroll down to the harbour to board the Dream Catcher.


Due to variable weather conditions the trip may not always be possible and is therefore not guaranteed. Time-related itineraries are dependent on tides, weather conditions and the amount of tours scheduled for a particular day.

What to Wear:

Windbreaker, warm clothing, tekkies/sneakers.

Things to bring:

Binoculars, camera, warm clothing.

Guests or Spectators:

Always bring warm clothing as it is cooler at sea than on land. Please remember to use sunscreen. Please use anti-seasick medication well in advance if you are prone to motion sickness.

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Inclusions & Exclusions


Boat Trip, tea and coffee with muffins on arrival, bottled water on board and warm soup & bread once back on land.


Extra drinks and snacks. Video link of your trip which costs R200.00 and is available 24-48 hours after trip. Once uploaded it can be shared across social platforms.

Opinions On Whale Watching Self Drive

What the locals say about Whale Watching Self Drive.

John Fowler

Really enjoyed it. Impassioned speech regarding penguins . Good views of whales, seals . Bit disappointed that great white shark was a bit tiddly but still amazing to see . Shame dolphins didn't put in an appearance . But again must say great trip , friendly staff and good boat. Thank you .

Wuethrich Beat

Wonderful experience with a very friendly team of staff, a nice boat and a perfect. We do very much recommend this tour!

KE Pluim-Vleeshouwer

What a great experience! With everything I could get to protect me from seasickness I went on board. No troubles at all! We had a great trip and saw the whales so close by we could almost touch them! The crew was experienced and we could ask all the questions we wanted. Seeing the whales and hearing them is somethig I'll never forget.

Peter and Pauline Hind

Excellent trip, very well organised, so much fun. Very experienced and knowledgeable crew. Saw whales, shark, and sea lions. A truly wonderful experience and great memories. Very professional . Highly recommend this tour operator.


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Dyer Island Cruises (Pty) Ltd

Dyer Island Cruses offers Whale watching, marine safaris and boat trips near Gansbaai in the Overberg.

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