Gansbaai has earned the title 'Great White Shark Capital of the World' through its large white shark population and jaw-dropping shark encounters.
From July till December the magnificent Southern Right Whales migrates to Walker bay to give birth and mate. The De Kelders cliffs are arguably one of the best spots in the world for land based whale watching.
For those wanting to get into the whales milieu there are two Operators that offer boat based whale watching trips.
boat based whale watching
Coming up close and personal with a Southern Right in it's natural habitat is truly exhilarating. The Southern Rights seem to be as curious about us as we are about them, and are often friendly and playful, passing under or next to the boat.
The industry is carefully regulated, and experienced operators are allocated areas to ensure minimum intrusion on the whales. Only 2 permits have been issued for legal boat-based whale watching on the Danger Point Peninsula. The boats stay 50m away from the whales, but Right whales are inquisitive and often surface very close to the boat, providing an unforgettable close encounter
The 2-hour boat trips depart in the morning with a possible second trip around lunch. Ivanhoe Sea Safaris operates in Walker Bay leaving from Gansbaai harbour (5min by car) and specializes exclusively in whales. Normal departure 10h30
Dyer Island Cruises leave from Kleinbaai harbour, (15min by car) heads towards Dyer Island with its penguins and Geyser Island with its colony of 50 000 Cape Fur seals. This is also were the shark boats operate, so you have a good chance to see a Great White Shark
Daily trips depart in the morning (times varies due to tides) from the small coastal village of Kleinbaai (15 min by car). A 20 minute boat ride takes you to "Shark Alley" between Dyer & Geyser Island, home to about 50'000 Cape Fur seals and therefore favourite hunting ground of the Great White Sharks. The trip takes between 4 & 5 hours depending on the weather, sea conditions and shark behaviour. The specially designed shark diving cage is attached to the side of the boat and floats with part of the cage above the water. All of the necessary equipment is supplied, and all shark diving operators have to comply with strict safety rules. No scuba certificate required.
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