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“Excellent whale, seal and shark sightings” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dyer Island Cruises

Dyer Island Cruises
5 Geelbek Street, Gansbaai, South Africa
+27(0)28 384 0406
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Owner description: "Discover & Protect"Dyer Island Cruises is a world-recognized 5-star boat based whale watching company operating in Kleinbaai, WC, South Africa. Our exclusive tours of a maximum 24 passengers offers everyone the same experience of personalized service, exceptional views, and only the best.Our team of guides/skippers/marine biologists is unique to whale watching in South Africa. Our vessel, Whale Whisperer, is custom built for boat based whale watching and superior in safety and comfort. We pride ourselves in our passion for conservation as well as customer service. And we also live by our boat's motto: "Life - an adventure to be lived, not a problem to be solved!"
Wales, UK
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“Excellent whale, seal and shark sightings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

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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DyerIslandCruises, Guest Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Thank you very much for your great review! Being that close to whales is simply magical, and I am glad you enjoyed your video too! See you next season, Michelle - DIC.
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“Fantastic Experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

We enjoyed the variety of animals and the large number of whales we saw on the tour. We saw many of them even from close up - what a unique experience to watch these giants! What it made special was watching the sharks next to the cage diving boats, up to 50,000 seals on a small island as well as the pinguins on Dyer Island. Though the sea was not too rough it was good to be prepared against sea sickness. At the end we decided to support the pinguins by buying 1 little plastic home which shall protect them against the more and more difficult environment.

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DyerIslandCruises, Guest Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Congrats on your new penguin home on Dyer Island! Thanks for the great review and I do hope we see you again soon! Cheers, Michelle - DIC.
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“Whales!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

I mean, really, how often do you get to float along *that* close to the largest creatures alive on earth? The boat was comfortable and safe, the marine biologists and skipper were knowledgable and very friendly, and the whales were... amazing. There were sometimes three mother-calf pairs surrounding the boat at the same time, including two albino calves. Plus they welcome you back with hot cocoa and soup. I would have gone again the next day if my schedule had allowed.

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DyerIslandCruises, Guest Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Thanks for your great comments and sharing with us your great day at sea! We are so blessed with the wildlife here as they are very comfortable with our whale watching vessel they often approach us rather than they other way around! Hope to see you again! Cheers, Michelle - DIC.
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“Excellent & knowledgable Crew”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012 via mobile

The trip was excellent and enhanced by very knowledgable crew. Even though the sea was a wee bit rough we still managed to notch up at least 20 Southern Right Whales, couple of GW Sharks and then all the seals and birds around Dyer Island.
Can't recommend this enough.

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DyerIslandCruises, Guest Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Thank you for your great review! We hope to see you again very soon (or for next season)! Cheers, Michelle - DIC.
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“Bobbing with Waves and Whales”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Although weather and the sea were against us, my family and me dared the elements to watch the whales; we had some good whale watching, and something of an adventure riding the waves; the skipper seemed to be very experienced, while the crew was very good in taking care of the few that got sick (not any of us braves, anyway); I must say seeing the waves before we embarked on our mission made me think I would surely feel very sick, but, lo and behold, I did not feel the least uneasy; it was only when we reached the seal colony that I felt somewhat uncomfortable for the first few minutes, since these guys do smell, and not of after-shave; we were sorry not to visit the penguins because of the weather, but saw them eye-to-eye at Boulders Beach; all-in-all: definitely a must - no other better way to meet up close with these beasts of the deep!

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DyerIslandCruises, Public Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this review, November 7, 2012
Thank you so much for your great review! We can't control the ocean but we do come prepared - and the whales LOVE a good swell :) Hope to see you again next season! Cheers, Michelle - DIC.
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