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“Dyer Island Cruise”

Dyer Island Cruises
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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!"
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.

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DyerIslandCruises, Public Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 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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Reviewed June 17, 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.

Thank PatrickJones
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DyerIslandCruises, Public Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 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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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.

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DyerIslandCruises, Guest Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We visited SA in September and our hotel booked us a whale watching tour. We had no idea that Gansbaai the starting point of our tour was the shark cage centre of SA and were horrified to see so many people making money out of treating sharks like circus animals.
We were taken straight to the shark cage divers and what we saw was awful. Sharks encouraged to leap at the cages as the crew threw dried blood etc in to the water. This stresses the sharks and exhausts them and whilst they are entertaining adrenalin seekers, they become injured with bloody noses, become hungry as they are not eating and become stressed, and also learning that it is OK to attack boats!! I had a hissy fit with the captain as there is also evidence that sharks can leap in to boats by accident. we were on a small inflatable and the shark was sooooo close. After this terrible experience we did see some whales which was wonderful but the whole experience was spoilt by seeing real exploitation of stunning sharks in action for profit. We have had email conversations with Dyer about this and we will never agree as long as sharks continue to be treated as circus animals or puppets. We also went on another whale watching trip with Southern Right Charters whose ethics we were happier with. If you are a real conservationist this trip is not for you. Gansbaai is a dreadful place if you are an animal lover.

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DyerIslandCruises, Guest Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2013

Thank you for your comments, I am so sorry to read that you were disappointed with one aspect of the trip. Its important that readers understand we are a whale and eco-trip company, not a shark cage diving company, so I am glad to read that the main part of your trip (the whales) was superb. Gansbaai, South Africa is the internationally recognized hotspot for white shark cage diving and we stop by those vessels on our way to the whales to give our clients added value for money (sharks, whales, seals, dolphins, and penguins... all in one trip!). I can assure you our 11.5m two story semi-rigid inflatable was not going to be (and never has been) attacked by any shark and the sharks do not learn it is OK to attack boats, otherwise we'd have to have one incredible indemnity form!! I do encourage you to read some of the valuable research on white sharks coming from this area via the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, of which we are a main contributor. You will find that many of the conclusions you have written here are not supported by research. Thank you for your comments. Cheers, Michelle - DIC.

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Reviewed December 8, 2012

It was a rotten day, weather-wise. Our tour to see the whales was cancelled and our BnB put us on another trip which was billed to take us hunting whales, see penguins, seals and sharks. Okay we thought. The swell was a bit high but we made it through the harbour and out into the open sea. And everything looked up! We saw whales. How many? Probably some 30 during the morning trip, some close, some far, some with young, many old and barnacled. They didn't breach - more was the pity - but we'd seen them doing that from our BnB the previous evening. Then we moved on to see the shark diving boat and the sharks coming in at great speed to the snorkellers encaged for the experience. The sharks were disappointingly smallish, 2-3 metres or so, but we were told they could sometimes be bigger. Then off again to Dyer island where the stench of seals filled our nostrils! Heavy breathing through the mouth. But what a delight the frolicking seals were. Our guides gave us useful info and answered questions happily and soon we found ourselves on the way back to Gansbaai. The sea was rocking around the boat a bit but the captain waited for the right moment to more or less surf into the harbour on the crest of a wave. Brilliant! It was a bit of a costly trip but certainly worth it.

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DyerIslandCruises, Guest Relations Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2012

Thank you so much for your great review - yes we do much more than just whale watching! Seals, sharks, penguins and much more - rocking your boat in more ways than one! :) Hope to see you again next season, Michelle - DIC.

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