Marine Big 5 Adventure From Cape Town

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Leave Cape Town behind to take a marine cruise where you can see great white sharks, whales, Cape fur seals and a variety of seabirds. On a 2-hour cruise from Gansbaai, ply the waters of Shark Alley to see great whites as they hunt for seal snacks. Then travel to hotspots to see whales, African penguins and other seabirds around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. Expert guides show you the best of this amazing South African marine wilderness.


  • Snacks and Beverages included
  • Small-group tour

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Dyer Island, Western Cape

Muffin and Coffee on arrival, 2 hour boat ride, light lunch included

Duration: 2 hours


Get an early start with a pickup at your central Cape Town hotel, and travel roughly 2.5 hours to Gansbaai in an air-conditioned minivan. The fun starts right away with glorious views from the minivan windows along the scenic route.
Meet your guide in Gansbaai for a safety briefing and an overview of what you can expect during your 2-hour cruise. Don the necessary waterproof gear and life jackets and you’re ready to climb into the custom-built boat.
Visit Dyer Island, roughly 5 miles (8 km) away from Gansbaai, to see the many birds that live on the island — including African penguins — while your guide tells you about the wildlife in the area.
Then head for nearby Geyser Rock, home of roughly 60,000 Cape fur seals. The seals are interesting to watch, but they also draw the attention of sharks — including great white sharks. Keep an eye out for sharks as you pass through Shark Alley, a channel between Geyser Rock and Dyer Island that can sometimes be teeming with sharks looking for a seal meal. This is where many cage-diving boats go, but you can definitely see sharks without getting in the water — sometimes they even come right up to the boat.
Continue to another place to look for whales, depending on the season, as well as dolphins. In the summer, when sardines are running, multitudes of seabirds are also attracted to the moving buffet.
After a 2-hour marine cruise, head back to shore and eat a light lunch at the Great White House (included). Then climb back into the minivan and travel back to Cape Town in comfort.


Hotel pickup and drop off (Cape Town city centre hotels)

Boat cruise

Light lunch

Professional guide

Entry/Admission - Dyer Island



Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

A waterproof jacket, Beanie/Cap, and closed shoes are recommended

Children under the age off 11 must be accompanied by an adult.

If you suffer from seasickness, it is recommended that you take medication the night before the tour and again one hour before departure

Weather & sea conditions permitting

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Please note: Whale season is from July November

Not wheelchair accessible

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

tour is subject to sea and weather conditions

tour collection time may be early morning.

Traveler Reviews

  • 31-Oct-2017

    Great viewing. High seas that day. If you're thinking of going make sure to take something to help if you get sick. A couple of passengers did and you just have to ride it out until we're all done. They can only help replace the bags you're using but can't administer anything so bring your own remedy. Also make sure to use the handrails. I forgot and was scolded over a loud speaker which is always a delight being called out publicly and then told we told you this at the beginning.

  • 11-Oct-2017

    This tour was amazing!

  • 28-Jul-2017

    It's definitely worth it! We saw the cape dolphin which are rare, the penguins, thousands of seals and giant flights of Comorant birds and even 2 whales. There had just been an orca attack on a great white shark, so we weren't able to see any great whites, but you can't contro naturel. On the way the driver asked us what we wanted to see if we said we were especially interested in penguins. He stopped by the penguin sanctuary so we could see them playing as they were healing and talk to very knowledgeable rescue/manager. The tour started off started as promised with light snacks and coffee, early start so you need it, and we headed out to the water. There were two very knowledgeable tour guides on the boat with a background in marine biology, everyone was very interested in giving information on the animals and the weather and whatever else biological you might be interested in. Overall it was perfect last day in Cape Town and have no trouble highly recommending this tour to anyone who's in Cape Town for a few days!

  • 31-Dec-2016

    A long way to go from Capetown. The boat ride was great fun but didn't see a lot of marine animals. But it was a beautiful day.

  • 01-Aug-2016

    We where looking forward to spending some time whale watching however, once we saw a whale then the crew seemed more interested in getting back to shore - they said they were worried about the weather however, this was fine. They tour guide was not informative but spent most of her time texting unprofessional. It could have been fantastic but the poor hospitality and rushed approach meant it was a complete disappointment.

  • 17-Apr-2016

    Excellent experience and lived up to our expectations
    The staff could not have been more helpful and informative

  • 05-Nov-2014

    The trip was very good. We saw whales, dolphins, seals, and penguins. However, we did not see any sharks.

    The arrangements to pick up and drop were comfortable. The time of the trip was changed to full day. I.e. 9 am to 6 pm. And lunch was not included.