A very well organised boat trip around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. After the safety briefing and quite a long introductory talk on the endangered African Penguins (for which they are fund-raising), we were kitted out with good, warm waterproofs and lifejackets then we went aboard and out to sea. The boat is small which means you are really close to the whales if they come up near the boat - one calf went right under the boat!
Then we stopped near their Shark Diving Boat and watched the people in the diving cage being circled by two huge great white sharks!
After that we went through a rough patch of water with big waves, it was a bit like a fairground ride going out to see the seals and cormorants on Geyser Rock. (If you're prone to seasickness, this bit only lasts a short while but you might want to take seasick tablets, or remember to look at the horizon.)
It did seem very expensive, but we were on a once-in-a-lifetime visit to South Africa and seeing the whales so close-up was a great privilege...
Extra nice touches: Coffee before the trip, and a light lunch of hot soup, bread-and-butter provided on our return, all included in the price. And for an extra 100 Rand, an excellent, professional-quality video of the trip, including the best whale sightings and glimpses of all of us watching them, made available online for download a few days later. This more than made up for my own wobbly amateur video, I was never aimed at the right place when the whale appeared!
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