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The Crew - Dyer Island Cruises, near Hermanus and Cape Town

Wilfred Chivell

Managing Director

Wilfred is the owner of both Dyer Island Cruises & Marine Dynamics. He is also a qualified skipper. He grew up in the area and has been a spear-fisherman and wreck diver for over 20 years. He took part in gruelling offshore boat races in the early nineties. Wilfred is very passionate about conservation, and therefore started the Dyer Island Conservation Trust ( who manages all the conservation projects, including the African Penguin housing project called Faces of Need. He has a long relationship with conservation and has worked with the South African Cultural History Museum, Maritime Museum and South African Museum in Cape Town; and the Shipwreck Museum in Bredasdorp. Wilfred has a vast amount of knowledge and is very familiar with the Dyer Island area. He has also worked with top marine wildlife photographers as well as scientists specialising in whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds. He has also visited the Prince Edward Islands as a member of the bird team to do counts on penguin and albatross colonies. Wilfred also assisted an international team with the tagging of Cape fur seals at Dyer Island.

Wilfred Chivell

Vumanie (Kira) Matiwane

Whale Spotter

Kira is a qualified site guide and has been with the company for eight whale seasons. He is our whale whistler / spotter with eyes like binoculars, as he can spot a whale miles away.  Kira has a vast knowledge about the area and all its marine life.  Kira is also a keen bird spotter for the bird enthusiasts on our trips.

Vumanie (Kira) Matiwane

Dickie Chivell

Whale Whisperer Skipper

Full biography for Dickie coming soon!

Dickie Chivell

Helen Pattullo

Whale watching tour guide

Full biography for Helen coming soon!

Helen Pattullo

Karli Van Straten

Whale videographer

Full biography for Karli coming soon!

Karli Van Straten

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