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More about Eco Marine Safari

This marine safari lasts between one-and-a-half and two hours and departs from Kleinbaai harbour near Gansbaai. After a short introductory talk and safety briefing, you’ll be issued with a waterproof jacket before boarding the Whale Whisperer and heading out to sea.

The marine safari is led by experienced marine biologists who will take you to Dyer Island, an Important Bird Area (IBA), and home to many species, including African penguins. On your marine safari look out for Cape fur seals at Geyser Rock and Bryde’s whales and bottlenose or humpback dolphins. You may also have the opportunity to stop at our shark cage diving vessel and see The Great White Shark.

What people say

Dyer Island Cruises is one of the best. Excellent staff, clean and comfortable boat, and an unmatche...  -  Amanda Moss.



2 hours


In Season :: Eco Marine Trips – 01st January to 31st May :: Whale Watching Trips –1st Jun to 31st December. Seven days a week – weather dependent.


The Great White House, where you will receive a brief introductory talk about the route, safety, and what to look out for. We then take a 200 metre stroll down to the harbour to board.


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:

Always bring warm clothing as it is cooler at sea than on land. Comfortable shoes /takkies.

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 beverages and snacks. Purchase of video footage R200.00

Opinions On Eco Marine Safari

What the locals say about Eco Marine Safari.

Amanda Moss

Dyer Island Cruises is one of the best. Excellent staff, clean and comfortable boat, and an unmatched beautiful ocean. We saw a great white shark near the cage diving boat, African penguins and a huge colony of Cape fur seals. The crew are also a highlight to this trip, very friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about the ecosystem. They also explained that the company is actively involved in conservation, and clients had the option to buy artificial African penguin nests! It is great to see a company give back to the ecosystem and makes you wonder why more companies do not. Really incredible, and already planning our next visit.

Sarah Rea

Brilliant trip loved by all the family aged 4 to 70! Highly recommend. Staff were lovely, very helpful and really knowledgable.

Werner Joyce

It was a great experience! Thank you. The staff was friendly and professional. I was keen to donate a penguin "house" but our transport had to leave. I cannot find anything online.


Really enjoyed this boat tour. The guide, Jacks, was lovely - extremely knowledgeable, very patient and answered all my questions comprehensively. We saw a whale, seals and penguins. Soup and bread at the end was a nice touch. Great experience!


This popular fishing town in the Overberg District is best known for sharks and whale watching.

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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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