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“Great but no Greats” 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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Ranked #5 of 19 Activities in Gansbaai
Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
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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!"
Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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“Great but no Greats”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We booked the whale/shark and penguin watching trip.The weather always impacts on these tours so sadly we didn't see one shark which was really a shame however we did get up close to some southern right whales which was good enough to make the trip worth while and seal island was stunning to view.

A very nice touch is the owners short pre tour talk on the plight of the African penguin which we found to be very touching. You don't have to but we did in fact donate to this and have sponsored a nesting box which we found to be a nice thing to do given we had visited the penguins the day before at Boulders bay. So anyone else going do please consider this as a good cause and give them some help.

Visited August 2013
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DyerIslandCruises, Public Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Thanks for the review! We sadly can't guarantee sharks on our whale watching trips. But if you are interested in meeting eye to eye with the majestic Great Whites, be sure to book a shark diving/viewing trip with Marine Dynamics @ www.sharkwatchsa.com to avoid disappointment.

Cheers,
Sanchia
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“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

This experience was something I have been longing to do since I can remember, seeing whales in their natural habitat!! Dyer Island Cruises didn't disappoint me, their professional crew took such good care of us and showed us more than what we bargained for. Whales, great white sharks,penguins, seals and dolphins! Each encounter was natural, no need for baiting and disturbing them. There was always a member of the crew to explain the animal we were admiring, giving all kinds of information which kept the children and I captivated until the very end and I had 5 children with me that ranged from 4 yrs old to 13. They are also involved in saving the African penguin population of Dyer Island which I encourage all visitors to participate in, their diminishing numbers is another result of mans greed of resources and they are making a real difference. We adopted 10 penguin families and the kids couldn't be more proud.

Visited July 2013
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DyerIslandCruises, Public Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thanks so much for your stunning review, and for adopting 10 families!!! I'm glad you and your group had a fantastic time, and hopefully you'll join us again soon to check up on your Dyer Island property!

Warm regards,
Michelle
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“Dyer Island Cruise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This boat trip was amazing! February is not "whale season" but our guides managed to spot two bryde's whales in addition to sharks, cape seals, and cormorants. The guides were very knowledgeable and we learned so much about these aquatic animals. The length of the trip (2 1/2 hours) was just right and the soup and sandwiches after the trip were so tasty. Brenda, the manager, was gracious and accommodating.

Visited February 2013
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DyerIslandCruises, Public Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thank you very much for your excellent review! Although it is technically our 'off-season', we still manage to find the most incredible sighting as sea in February. Thanks again!

Warm regards,
Michelle
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“I'm still smiling 8 months later...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Hey Whaley...? The call of the best skipper I've ever sailed with.

Taking this trip was by far the best decision I've ever made on a holiday. The day before I had sailed with the sister company Marine Dynamics on a great trip to dive with sharks and had seen plenty of whales.

But as great as that trip was, this experience with DIC surpassed it.

I'm smiling even as I write this.

Regards previous contribution about exploitation, it is better to increase knowledge of these majestic beasts - both whales and sharks - than allow them to be forgotten and served up in soup or as a cheap aphrodisiac thrill.

I travel the world wild animals in their natural habitats and found DIC no more exploitative than any other company in their line of work and actually far more professional and sympathetic in their approach and dedication to the subject. I have watched Whales off Perth, Monterey Bay and Vancouver - but never enjoyed a trip so much as this or felt that the animals were being so respected in their environments.

Regards previous comments about the small boat - it is perfect and fit for purpose. No huge engines, no unnecessary vibrations for the whales.

Visited October 2012
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DyerIslandCruises, Public Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thanks very much for your excellent review! Hopefully we'll see you again for sharks and whales soon :)

Cheers,
Michelle
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“Very good company for whale watching”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The tour was organized through Grootbos Nature Reserve - the staff is very friendly, the tour was very exciting and wonderful. The film that was taken from the staff is recommended to buy, due to the low price and the quality.

Visited December 2012
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DyerIslandCruises, Guest Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this review, January 15, 2013
Thank you for your great review - glad you enjoyed the video! Hope to see you again next season. Cheers, Michelle - DIC.
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