Dyer Island Cruises

Dyer Island Cruises live by the ‘Discover and Protect’ slogan, and we strive to provide you with the utmost conservation oriented and respect ethos offered on the market. Both are BEE Level 1 companies and certified by Fair Trade in Tourism. Our main concern is directed at the Sharks and the health of the local ecosystem that attracts White Sharks into the area. We will show you the true Great White Sharks, not those depicted in many movies and images. White Sharks are amazing, captivating and wonderful animals, perfectly adapted to the ocean and represent the ultimate predator in the marine world. They deserve our deepest respect and admiration.

Operator Details

Dyer Island Cruises

Physical Address:
5 Geelbek Street, Gansbaai

Permit Area:
Danger Point & Quin Point

Date Formed:

Operator Contact

Tel (Office):
+27 82 801 8014

Tel (Mobile):
+27 82 801-8014

Website Address:

Email Address:
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Permit Details

Vessel Name:
Whale Whisperer

Departure Area:
Kleinbaai harbour

Passenger Capacity:

Boat Type:

About US

Wilfred Chivell, owner of Dyer Island Cruises and Marine Dynamics, is certainly the most knowledgeable person about the ecosystem and varied wildlife found on and around Dyer Island. His care and dedication to the health of this sensitive eco-system has lead to the launch of different conservation projects for the area: The ‘Faces of Need – Artificial Penguin Nest Project’, aimed at creating 2000 artificial nests on Dyer Island; the ‘Bird Rescue Initiative’ has over the years made him the prime transporter of injured and oiled marine birds from the island to shore, from where they are transported to SANCCOB; the ‘Marine Litter Project’ aimed at educating the public and local communities about the devastating results of pollution on wildlife while also initiating clean-up operations of the coast.


The Trip

When you book a trip with us, the evening before your tour we 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 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. 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.

The Vessel

The boat, Whale Whisperer, is the first boat in South Africa to be designed specifically for whale watching. It is extremely comfortable and spacious, with an on board toilet, observation deck, PA system and even a hydrophone! Whale Whisperer is 11.5m long and complies with all the safety regulations set out by the marine authorities. All passengers wear comfortable life jackets during the boat trip. The boat is surveyed annually by the SA Maritime Safety Authority, conforms to its specifications and is licensed for 24 passengers and 4 crew. Safety equipment includes first aid kit, radio and cellular phone. She also has a lovely observation deck for photography enthusiasts.

Operator Reviews


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“Very friendly staff, excellent whalewatching. It is a MUST to do this trip if you are nearby. Do not make this trip if you get seasick !!”

Great day out

5 5 1
““You won't be disappointed” 5 of 5 stars Review of Dyer Island Cruises suprise whale Whale Seals and one lone penguin Whale activity More whales Boat based viewing Whale very cute 30 photos Dyer Island Cruises 5 Geelbek Street, Gansbaai, South Africa +27(0)28 384 0406 Website E-mail Improve this listing Ranked #5 of 20 Activities in Gansbaai 4.5 of 5 stars 89 Reviews Type: Boat tours, Boat Tours & Water Sports More attraction details Sponsored links * jm4397 NC 2 reviews Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities “You won't be disappointed” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 29 November 2014 In whale season, you will see whales, close up. On our trip, one came up at the back of the boat. May also have opportunity to see great white shark. Visited November 2014 Was this review helpful? Yes Ask jm4397 about Dyer Island Cruises This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC Write a Review 89 reviews from our community Visitor rating Excellent 59 Very good 18 Average 4 Poor 5 Terrible 3 89 reviews sorted by: Date | Rating English first morticia52 Bristol, United Kingdom Senior Contributor 31 reviews 31 reviews 10 attraction reviews Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities 12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes “Great day out” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 20 November 2014 We booked the whale watching trip as an alternative to going out from Hermanus again. Although the day started fine the wind kicked up by the time we were due to go out so it got pretty choppy out at sea. On a plus side the skipper of the boat did talk to us all before we left and the company offered full refunds to anyone who didn't feel happy about going in the conditions. We went anyway and had some great whale sightings, including a young Southern Right Whale breaching. The skipper then came back to talk to everyone and we were given the option of continuing to Dyer Island (which would be rough) or returning to the harbour. We all opted to continue out to Dyer Island and the Cape Fur seal colony and got some good photos. Particularly liked the fact that we were offered options at all times, and not just treated as 'more money in the pocket'. Very professional company, and we would highly recommend them.”

Teaching conservation to children

5 5 1
“We loved the trip and the staff were knowledgeable, efficient and helpful. It was great to hear that the Dyer Island Conservation trust are actively protecting the penguins on Dyer Island as we are very concerned about their endangered status. The highlight of the trip was rescuing a very young seal pup who was following the boat into deeper water and taking him back to his island so that he could find his mother again. My children got see the beauty of the pup up close and experience how strong and feisty they are. I'm sure they will never forget it!”
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