Testimonials - Dyer Island Cruises, near Hermanus and Cape Town
One of the most amazing experiences EVER!
By Ruth Edwards, United Kingdom
During a recent trip to South Africa, I was fortunate to discover a company called Dyer Island Cruises.
Based at the Great White House in Kleinbaai, on the outskirts of Gansbaai, it is only 2 hours away from Cape Town.
They offer well organised trips and I observed whales, sharks, seals, penguins AND cormorants “up close” in their natural habitat, all in a single trip!
The friendly, knowledgable staff were only too happy to share their enthusiasm for these animals and the area with me. On our return a welcoming fire and good food awaited. This was easily one of the most amazing, inspiring experiences of my life.
Fantastic Experience, Sharks and Whales up close!
By Ben, Reading, UK
The trip out on the rib was a fantastic experience. We got to see several Great White Sharks at the cage diving boat and then a few penguins and literally thousands of seals at Dyer Island itself. Afterwards we went to see the Southern Right Whales and we were lucky enough to encounter several mating groups of 4 or 5 whales some of them with calves up close. The staff upon the boat were all very passionate about the sea life, at one point we looped around (pardon the pun!) to pick up some loose rope to ensure the whales didn’t get tangled in it, and they provided great knowledge around the marine life in the area. Also the boat itself was excellent, having a third deck gave great views down into the water which was particularly useful when viewing the Great Whites.
If you love whales, this is for you.
By Mike W, Birmingham, UK
Gansbaai is widely known as the Great White Shark Capital of the World – it has the planet’s densest population of Great Whites and is internationally recognised as a centre of research as well as the home of cage diving.
However, during my visits I have found that the bay offers much more – particularly from July to December when it is the breeding ground for dozens of the magnificent Southern Right Whales visiting from Antarctica. I was there this week and was privileged to be the first to see the area’s latest attraction – the only privately displayed and freely accessible Southern Right Whale skeleton in South Africa.
This magnificent sight has just opened in the Great White House – the headquarters of the shark cage diving company Marine Dynamics; whale watching and eco tour company Dyer Island Cruises; and, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust which sponsors the marine research in the area. The 14 metre skeleton (recovered from a whale killed by a ship in 2005) has been mounted by Piet Pretorius, the renowned taxidermist from Cape Town museum, and hangs in the stunning building which also houses an excellent restaurant and educational displays on whales, sharks, dolphins and the endangered African Penguin.
For me the Great White House has always been the exciting gateway to an unforgettable trip into the bay with one of this dedicated team of guides who are so passionate about protecting and conserving this very special part of the world. Now with the display of the skeleton you just look up and marvel at this magnificent animal and at the efforts of the Gansbaai team which have given us the opportunity to see it in such surroundings.
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