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Marine Big 5 Tour - Cape Town

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All trips are weather and tide dependant and launch times may vary accordingly from those stated. Your launch time will be confirmed the day before.

The boat, Dream Catcher, is the first boat in South Africa to be designed specifically for whale watching. It is extremely comfortable and spacious, with on board toilets, observation deck for photography enthusiasts, PA system and even a hydrophone! Dream Catcher is 14m long and complies with all the safety regulations set out by the marine authorities.

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 utmost importance.

Whale Watching Trip length is between 2 and 2.5 hours, depending on sightings and weather conditions. All cruises depart from Kleinbaai harbour near Gansbaai. Dyer Island is located 8 km from shore and is an access controlled Important Bird Area (IBA) for the conservation of its many resident bird species, including African penguins. Adjacent to Dyer Island is Geyser Rock, home to a 60,000 strong Cape fur seal colony. These seals are present all year round. We will take you into the channel of water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock known as the world famous ‘Shark Alley’. We will then take you to the whale hot-spots in the bay. With over a decade of experience, not only do we know where to expect the best whale viewings, but the whales have also learned where to expect us!

We pride ourselves on being both fun and educational. Each trip is led by experienced marine biologists and guides who will share their knowledge with you, keeping emphasis on the welfare and conservation of the animal. Responsible tourism is our main objective so we focus on conservation, education, community upliftment and safety.

The boat is surveyed annually by the SA Maritime Safety Authority, conforms to its specifications and is licensed and fully insured for 50 passengers and 6 crew. Safety equipment includes first aid kit, radio and cellular phone. All clients have to sign an indemnity form on arrival before they can ride no sign no ride.

What people say

Good tour. But could not watch whales and dolphins. Looking forward for next trip with hope to see w...  -  Dinesh Seeruttun.



2 hours 30 minutes


Year-round, seven days a week – weather dependent. **Southern right whale season is generally mid-June to mid-November.


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-meter stroll down to the harbour to board. Tour pick-up times are confirmed the day prior after a detailed weather and tide check.


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 number of tours scheduled for a particular day. Tour pick-up times are only confirmed the day prior after a detailed weather and tide check. The tour time slot times are only estimate times and not confirmed times. We will contact you the day prior. Please ensure you receive your message with your pickup time and the correct address.

What to Wear:

Always bring warm clothing as it is cooler at sea than on land. Comfortable closed shoes are advised.

Things to bring:

Binoculars, camera, warm clothing, sunscreen.

Guests or Spectators:

All passengers on board are charged, except for children under 5 years old. Please use anti-seasick medication well in advance if you are prone to motion sickness. We are not authorised to provide medication on-site.
Inclusions & Exclusions


Chauffeur Return driven shared transfer to AND from Cape Town Boat Trip Tea and coffee with muffins on arrival Water on board Safety and weather jacket Towels and blankets on board Soup and bread after the trip from June to December Lasagne and salad after the trip from January to May


Extra beverages and snacks

Opinions On Marine Big 5 Tour - Cape Town

What the locals say about Marine Big 5 Tour - Cape Town.

Dinesh Seeruttun

Good tour. But could not watch whales and dolphins. Looking forward for next trip with hope to see whales and dolphins....

Daniel Addison

Our initial trip was cancelled due to bad weather, Dyer Island went out of their way to keep trying to get us rebooked for another trip, which they did. Super friendly and knowledgeable service.

Michael Scott

I was disappointed. We had signed up for the 0900 trip but, with no explanation, we were put on a 1230 trip instead, apparently because there was no transportation available for the earlier trip. I wasn't given the option to arrange my own transportation. What makes me regret not getting on the earlier trip was that they saw humpback dolphins and southern right whales, the two species I was most interested in seeing, while our trip did not. The wind picked up and our trip was rougher as well. Bright side: Our naturalist Jax was excellent and the staff did what they could to get us back to Cape Town as early as they could.

gloria martinez martinez

Una tomadura de pelo. Carísimo para lo que es, no vimos ballenas a pesar de hacer un dia esplendido y la reserva de animales cutre y sin explicaciones. Una decepción. Vimos ballenas al dia siguiente desde la costa.


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

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