Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome to Gansbaai.

Home of the Marine Big 5.

Enter the natural habitat of the Marine Big 5 in South Africa, for the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, penguins, seals and great white sharks. We are operating and have a South African Special running at 40% discount!

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Whale Watching and Marine Big 5 Tours in South Africa

Welcome to Marine Dynamics, an award-winning ecotourism and marine tourism company based in Gansbaai, South Africa. We are dedicated to providing exceptional whale watching, Marine Big 5, and shark cage diving experiences. As leaders in marine conservation, we live by the motto Discover | Protect | Educate; ensuring that every marine adventure not only thrills but also educates and fosters a deep appreciation for the marine environment. We are the top choice for whale watching and Marine Big 5 tours in South Africa and the only company with its own registered conservation trust.

Immerse yourself in the Dyer Island ecosystem and meet the Marine Big 5: whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, and the endangered African penguin. From January to May, you may encounter Humpback and Brydes whales, while from June to December, the majestic Southern Right Whales grace our waters. We are the only company in the industry where you can observe sharks from the boat year- round. A visit to Geyser Rock will show you thousands of Cape Fur seals and their neighbours, the endangered African penguins, along with various other seabirds breeding on Dyer Island. We also explore the bay to search for three species of playful dolphins.

Proudly Fair Trade certified since 2008 and boasting Blue Flag status for our vessels, we are your premier choice for responsible and exhilarating marine adventures.

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    Why choose Dyer Island Cruises?

    • About our boat


      Dreamcatcher is our custom-built, luxurious, 5-Star whale watching vessel, offering 4 deck levels, 360 degree views and comfort.

      About our boat
    • Our area

      Shark Alley

      Shark Alley and Dyer Island are world-famous for great white shark sightings and the Marine Big 5 - let us take you there.

      Our area
    • About APSS

      FREE visit to APSS!

      Every one of our guests gets taken on a free visit to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, to see and learn more about our seabirds.

      About APSS

    Marine Big 5 Tour Prices with Marine Dynamics Whale Tours

    Marine Big 5 Tours: January to December

    • Under 5's FREE OF CHARGE
    • Under 12's R1410 pp
      Price for Locals R650 pp
    • Adult's R1950 pp
      Price for Locals R1400 pp

      *R100 p/p Conservation Levy to add.

      *Price for Locals only valid for South African Citizens. T's & C's apply.

      Exclusive Tours are available.
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    A unique experience The Marine Big 5

    Dyer Island Cruises' guests have the unique opportunity of potentially seeing all of the Marine Big 5 in a single trip. This is only possible at Dyer Island!

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    Make a difference: Conservation Levy

    Guests who would like to make a contribution to our ongoing conservation efforts, now have the opportunity to make a contribution as part of their trip cost.


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    The Marine Big 5

    One of the many ways in which Gansbaai is a truly unique, special prospect for people who want to work with marine wildlife, is how diverse the area is. Between The Marine Big 5 and countless other species, few places in the world are home to so many incredible animals.

    Marine Big 5 Safaris near Cape Town

    Species we work with:

    • Great white sharks

      Gracious, beautiful, misunderstood - three words used by guests of Dyer Island Cruises after witnessing South Africa's most legendary marine apex predator: The Great White Shark.

      The Great white shark
    • Dolphins

      Three species of dolphin visit our bay – the endangered Humpback dolphin, the common dolphin and the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin.

    • Cape fur seals

      With a local population of 60,000 on Geyser Rock, our resident and very playful seals provide many photographic opportunities. Young pups are birthed around November and brave the waters around April.

      The Cape fur seal
    • African penguins

      One of 18 penguin species in the world, the endangered African penguin is endemic to South Africa and Namibia. See our feathered friends and their special penguin homes on Dyer Island.

      The African penguin

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    The Dyer Island Cruises team are more than happy to speak with anyone considering a whale watching trip while in South Africa. Between our custom-built tour boat, expert marine guides and luxury facilities, we have everything you need to gaurantee unbeatable value for money.

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