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Dyer Island Tours and Activities

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Dyer Island
About 5 miles (8 kilometers) off the coast of Gansbaai, a town in South Africa's Western Cape, Dyer Island is a bird sanctuary closed to the public. 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.

The Basics
The only way to get close to Dyer Island is as part of a guided tour, and there are plenty to choose from. Tours focus on whale watching, shark-cage diving, and spotting the Marine Big 5 (Cape fur seals, bottlenose dolphins, African penguins, southern right whales, and great white sharks). These tours are typically led by marine biologist guides.

Another nearby island, Geyser 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 attracted there by the seals. Many visitors come to this area in hopes of seeing the awe-inspiring fish.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dyer Island is a must-see for nature and wildlife lovers.
  • Some combination tours that sail near the island package activities such as shark-cage diving and wine tasting.
  • Tours from Cape Town typically include hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • The sea can be choppy. If you suffer from seasickness, it is advisable to take something before heading out.

How to Get There
Dyer Island is around 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Cape Town, and the only way to sail near the island is with a tour. If you want to make your own way to Gansbaai, the drive will take you just over two hours.

When to Get There
Tours typically leave Cape Town early in the morning in order to make the most of the day. How long you spend around Dyer Island depends on which tour you take, but most tours take up most of the day.

The Great White House
Located just outside Gansbaai, the Great White House is a restaurant, bar, and hotel popular among those visiting the area for a wildlife tour. You can have a bite to eat at the restaurant or bar (refreshments are sometimes included on tours) and, if you want to stay the night, book accommodations in the hotel.
Address: Western Cape, South Africa
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Marine Big 5 Adventure from Cape Town

Marine Big 5 Adventure from Cape Town

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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.
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$193.86
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Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town

Shark Cage Diving and Viewing from Cape Town

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$224.77
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Whale Watching Full Day Guided Private Transfer to Gansbaai from Cape Town

Whale Watching Full Day Guided Private Transfer to Gansbaai from Cape Town

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The coastal waters off Hermanus are home to a spectacular range of marine wildlife, but the only way to enjoy truly up-close views is by boat. On this private wildlife cruise, spot humpback whales, dolphins, and more in their natural habitat with your guide. Spin through the seaside villages of Betty's Bay and Kleinmond—with round-trip travel from your Cape Town hotel included—and experience the best of the South African coast.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$139.78
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Full Day Private Shark Cage Diving

Full Day Private Shark Cage Diving

Join us on this most exhilarating underwater experience of a lifetime. Whether viewing from the deck or up close and personal, this is an experience you won’t forget!
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$697.25
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Shark Cage Diving - Full Day Private Tour

Shark Cage Diving - Full Day Private Tour

Get close to nature with this adrenaline pumping shark encounter! Full day private tour (7-8 hours) with a registered driver/guide. Important: Cost of activities mentioned in this tour are not included in the price of the tour - please see includes/excludes. (Hermanus or Gansbaai Shark Cage Diving) After a scenic drive and a briefing about sharks and conservation, the cages are lowered… This eye-to-eye encounter with a Great White Shark is an adrenaline surging experience! Come face to face with these magnificent ocean predators. With a new take on life, enjoy an afternoon of indulging in the beauty of nature, fine dining and wine tasting/pairing. Optional highlights and activities: • Scenic drive along False Bay • Breakfast and tea + scones • Explore Hermanus holiday village • Shark Cage Diving • Lunch overlooking the Whales frolicking close-by (July-November only) • Wine/chocolate pairing as desert • Wine tasting and cellar tour • Explore the nearby villages
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$500.00
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