Pelagic Birding Cruise | Pelagic Encounters

Dyer Island Cruises now offers pelagic birding trips from Kleinbaai, Gansbaai to explore our diverse ecosystem formed by the continental shelf drop-off and the Agulhas Current.

Written by Anwynn Louw, May 4 2016

Pelagic Birding Cruise | Pelagic Encounters

Guide Summary and Photographs

We take you on a captivating bird watching experience and we offer unparalleled photographic opportunities

Dyer Island Cruises recently took out their first group of bird watchers for a seabirding trip on our eco-friendly vessel; Whale Whisperer. The trip launched from Kleinbaai harbour, early on the morning of May the 1st with a group of 7 birders. It was a gorgeous day with blue skies, a lot of sunshine and flat seas.

We spotted an amazing total of 23 different bird species. A nice surprise was when we spotted a Black-browed Albatross, a Shy albatross and an Indian yellow-nosed albatross. A Black-bellied storm petrel and an Antarctic prion also came around, but the bird which was most exciting to see, was a Wandering Albatross.

Thank you for everyone who joined us offshore.


All pictures courtesy of Hennie Otto, skipper.

What to expect
When booking a bird watching trip with Dyer Island Cruises, we will contact you a day before to confirm times with you. All seabirding trips will have an early launch; times may vary with weather and tide conditions. Upon arrival at the Great White House, you will receive a brief introductory talk about the conditions, route, safety and what to look for. Coffee, tea and rusks will also be served once you have arrived and sandwiches and beverages will be available on board. Trip lengths are between 6 to 7 hours.

The vessel can take a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 clients, each guest are fitted with comfortable life-jackets and waterproof jackets. Always bring warm clothing as it is cooler at sea than on land. The boat carries latest modern navigational equipment including a life raft for emergencies.

For more information or bookings contact Hennie.
Phone: +27 (0)83 295 5307

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