Dyer Island Tours

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Dyer Island
Dyer Island sits just off the coast of Gansbaai, a town in South Africa's Western Cape. The largest island off Gansbaai's coast, Dyer Island sits roughly five miles from shore. It was originally called Ilha de Fera, Portuguese for “Island of Wild Creatures,” which makes sense given that the island is home to hundreds of African penguins.

Another nearby island has thousands of resident Cape fur seals, and the channel between the two islands is known as “Shark Alley” for the high numbers of great white sharks found there. As you might guess, the sharks like feeding on the seals.

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Dyer Island is only accessible via boat tours, since it's a bird sanctuary that is not open to the general public. There are frequent tours, however, for whale-watching and shark cage diving. Gansbaai is just over 100 miles from Cape Town.
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Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town

Spend time watching one of the world’s most feared fish on this 4-to-6-hour cage diving experience in Cape Town. Travel to the ocean off the coast of Gansbaai for a full-day tour. Learn about great white sharks from your marine-biologist guide, and then dive into the water in a cage to observe sharks in their natural habitat. Breakfast, snacks and hotel-pick up and drop off are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$208.04 USD
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Marine Big 5 Adventure from Cape Town

Enjoy a 2-hour boat trip from Gansbaai to see great white sharks, whales, Cape fur seals, penguins and more. Visit the ominously-named Shark Alley to see if there are any great whites feeding on seals. Head to other parts of the ocean to look for whales and African penguins, as well as seabirds on Geyser Rock and Dyer Island. With experts on hand, you won’t miss any of the majestic marine wildlife on display.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$178.48 USD
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Private Great White Shark Cage Diving and Wine Tasting Experience from Cape Town

Combine two very different, but quintessentially South African, experiences on a single private tour: cage diving and wine tasting. Descend into the shark's natural habitat in a steel cage to see great whites in action off the boat near Dyer Island, then shower up and move on to a lunch (own expense) and wine tasting experience in Bot River. This private tour ensures the ability to travel at your own pace and personalized attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$293.81 USD
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