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Marine Big 5 Safari from Cape Town

  • Travel via boat to Dyer Island in search of Africa's Marine Big 5
  • Learn about the various marine species from an onboard biologist guide
  • Bottled water to keep you hydrated
Marine Big 5 Safari from Cape Town
From US$126.53
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Marine Big 5 Safari from Cape Town
From US$126.53
Get the best possible shot at seeing Africa's Marine Big 5—the African penguin, the Cape fur seal, the great white shark, dolphin, and whale—on this guided tour to Dyer Island. An onboard biologist and experienced crew promise an educational experience focused on learning about the biology and behavior of these marine animals. Additionally, get a chance to visit the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) either before or after the trip.
What to Expect
You will arrive at The Great White House where we a restaurant, bathroom facilities and curio shop are situated.  Upon arrival tea, coffee and muffins will be served.  In the conservation and education room, you will receive an in-depth briefing regarding the area that you'll be operating in, as well as conservation work and safety.  You will be equipped with inflatable life jackets and wet weather gear in case of cooler weather conditions.
It is a short walk down to the harbour to enjoy an exhilarating trip on custom designed Dream Catcher. The Southern Right Whale Season is normally from June - December, but for the rest of the year the area is so fortunate to occasionally see some Humpback and Bryde’s whales. Other stops include a visit to the shark cage diving vessels to view great white sharks and then head to Dyer Island and Geyser Rock for the penguins and seals. You may also spot one of three dolphin species that visit: the Common dolphin, the Humpback or the Indo-pacific Bottlenose dolphin.  You have an on board biologist and experienced crew  promise an educational and memorable experience for the whole family. 
After the trip at sea, you come back to The Great White House for warm soup and bread while warming up in front of a cosy fire or in summer to enjoy the warm sun.  A debriefing will follow and the trip footage can be bought. 
The trip also includes a visit to our African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) either before or after the trip.
Reviews (36)
1 - 5 of 33 reviews
Reviewed 10 October 2018
Dyer Island Cruises - Don't Miss This!

What an unforgettable day! We were only out on the water for a few minutes when we started seeing baby whales breaching right in front of the boat as well as off on each side! During the cruise, we saw hundreds of seals, as well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank RoadWarrioress100
Reviewed 10 July 2018
Great day!!

We had a great day on the water!! We saw both humpback and southern right whales! We were also fortunate to see seals and a penguin but no sharks... overall we had a great time!! Dyer Island Tours was great! We communicated over emails and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank slbeetham
Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile
Amazing day worth every cent!

We met the crew and other passengers at the Great White House for a 30 minute ecological and safety briefing and then with life jackets and rain gear we walked to the pier (they have a shuttle for anyone unable to walk to the pier)....More

Thank Stephannie S
Reviewed 12 March 2018
Good safari, long drive

The cruises highlighted the ecological effort local scientists and volunteers are going to to help the wildlife in the area thrive and overcome issues posed on them by human interference, and we did get to see the Marine 5 throughout the course of the safari,...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Abana87
Reviewed 15 January 2018
Perhaps the best day out in the Cape!

I have now been on the Dyer Island Cruise twice and each time was amazed at the professionalism of the staff, the beauty of Dyer Island and the amazing sights we got to see. The marine big 5 are just as exciting as their land...More

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Date of experience: December 2017
Thank katylouise_johnson
DyerIslandCruises, Online Community Manager at Dyer Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Dear katylouise_johnson Thank you so much for your kind comments and for joining us for a second time with your entire family. We are pleased to hear you had a fun and educational experience with our crew. Regards Team DIC

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Nidhi M
28 August 2018|
Response from Tony B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the delayed reply, I have had a lot of trouble logging on to Trip Advisor for nearly a year. There was no cage diving on this trip.
23 June 2018|
Response from Tony B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I didn't reply, I have had no end of problems with the Trip Advisor web-site and haven't logged on for nearly a year! I hope you enjoyed your trip.