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Marine Big 5 Safari: Self-Drive

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    You will arrive at The Great White House where we a restaurant, bathroom facilities and curio shop are situated.  Upon arrival tea, coffee and muffins will be served.  In the conservation and education room, you will receive an in-depth briefing regarding the area that you'll be operating in, as well as conservation work and safety.  You will be equipped with inflatable life jackets and wet weather gear in case of cooler weather conditions.
    It is a short walk down to the harbour to enjoy an exhilarating trip on custom designed Dream Catcher. The Southern Right Whale Season is normally from June - December, but for the rest of the year the area is so fortunate to occasionally see some Humpback and Bryde’s whales. Other stops include a visit to the shark cage diving vessels to view great white sharks and then head to Dyer Island and Geyser Rock for the penguins and seals. You may also spot one of three dolphin species that visit: the Common dolphin, the Humpback or the Indo-pacific Bottlenose dolphin.  You have an on board biologist and experienced crew  promise an educational and memorable experience for the whole family. 
    After the trip at sea, you come back to The Great White House for warm soup and bread while warming up in front of a cosy fire or in summer to enjoy the warm sun.  A debriefing will follow and the trip footage can be bought. 
    The trip also includes a visit to our African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) either before or after the trip.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    We were warned that as we were looking at wildlife they could not guarantee sightings and sadly sightings were limited but the crew did their very best to get us as close as possible. We did see some whales, seals and plenty of birds. Despite...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Whalewatch S, General Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you very much for this review and your honesty. Unfortunately sea sickness is sometimes the reality on board but we are glad that we could give you the most enjoyable experience possible. The whole team highly appreciates it. Warmest regards, Team DIC

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    This was indeed a highlight of our visit to Cape Town. We did a self drive to Gaansbaai- there are roadworks near Hermanus so factor extra time into your drive. The booking process was excellent. I have yet to encounter better customer service. The organizers...More

    Thank DevMar
    Whalewatch S, General Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thank you very much for this review! We love that you had such a great all-round experience with us and got so lucky with your marine sightings. Warmest regards, Team DIC

    Reviewed 10 July 2019

    Zile , Brenda, Tracy and team run a tight ship (pun intended) in Gansbaai, South Africa. We enjoyed a family whale watching trip in July , launched from Kleinbaai and were blown away by the organisational and professional ouput from every member of the Dyer...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Whalewatch S, General Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

    A huge thank you from the whole team for this comprehensive review. Your kind words are highly appreciated! It was an absolute pleasure having you on board with us. Warmest Regards, Team DIC

    Reviewed 25 June 2019 via mobile

    We spent 2 nights in the area and chose a whale watching tour. Storms were coming in but water was not to rough. Saw seal eating a blue spot ray, a humpback whale and several southern right whales. It was early in season so not...More

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    Whalewatch S, General Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2019

    Thank you very much for this review! We absolutely love that you got so lucky with your encounters and even got to see two different kind of whales. Let's keep the marine love up! Kind regards, Team DIC

    Reviewed 22 March 2019

    The Marine Big 5 Safari with Marine dynamics was a great choice. When we arrived at the Great White House we were warmly welcomed by staff and got tea, coffee and muffins offered. As soon as everyone who attended the tour arrived, we got a...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Maren S
    DyerIslandCruises, General Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2019

    Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review Maren. We are thrilled you had such great time with 4 of our Marine Big 5 and experienced a nice marine adventure. The whole team highly appreciates your kind words. Warm regards, Team...More

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    Response from Mei-Mei K | Reviewed this property |
    We got there nearly an hour ahead and it was wasted time. Then they started late as some more guests came late.
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