Gansbaai Big 5 Sea Safari Trip Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Eco Marine Tour
Adults – R850 pp
Children – R425 pc (under 12)
Children – Free (under 3)
Enquire for discount rates for groups of 10 or more.
Private and Exclusive Whale Watching Gansbaai Big 5 Ocean Safari Trip are available on request, please contact us +27(0)84 746 6814
- Early (Peak) 7am – 9am
Morning 10am – 12pm
Afternoon 1pm – 3pm
Sunset (Peak) 5pm – 7pm
- All trips are Weather dependant
- All trips are also subject to availibility due to bookings received.
- Please enquire to check the availibilty for the above times.
- Please ensure you are at the New Harbor in Hermanus 30 minutes prior to your Whale Watching Boat Departing.
- Please give yourself 2 hours of Traveling time from Cape Town City Centre so you can arrive 30 minutes prior to your Whale Watching Trip.
- Call us on +27(0)84 746 6814
Cape Town City Centre so you can arrive 30 minutes prior to your Whale Watching Trip.
- Call us on +27(0)84 746 6814
Our Aim is to target the Oceans Big 5
Great White Sharks
Bird Life – Extra Bonus
We depart Gansbaai Harbor and head toward Dyer Island where there are 60 000 Cape Fur Seals and this is the hunting grounds for the Great White Sharks(Apex Predator) We will hang around Shark Alley near Dyer Island, where you will watch the Cape Fur Seals run a gauntlet to or from the Island, hoping to escape the jaws of a Great White Shark. ,
Dyer Island is also home to the Jack Ass Penguin also known as the African Penguin. The reason why they are called the Jackass Penguin is because their call sounds like a donkey (an Ass) Adults weigh about 2.2kg – 3.5kg ( (4.9–7.7 lb) and are 60–70 cm (24–28 in) Tall. The African Penguin has distinctive ping patch above their eye and a black facial mask.
Bottle Nose Dophins frequent the area often and if we are fortunate enough to come across a school of Bottle Nose Dolphins, this is the time to get your camera out as they love to entertain.
On our way back to Gansbaai Harbor we pass Dangerpoint and this is where we encounter Brydes Whales. Brydes Whales are hunters and feed on Mackrel, Planktonic, Crustaceans, and Cephalopods and other fish types. Bryde’s Whaleshave an upright, Falcate dorsal fin that reaches up to 46.25 cm (18.21 in) in height and averages 34.4 cm (13.5 in), but usually between 30 and 37.5 cm (11.8 and 14.8 in). It is often frayed and ragged along its rear margin and the dorsal fin is located about two-thirds of the way along its back.
You will enjoy an educational and informative trip of the various Marine Life in Walker Bay and around. You will also enjoy the beautiful views of Hermanus and its Majestic Mountains.
After you have booked your Whale Watching Gansbaai Big 5 Ocean Safari with us, Whale Watching Hermanus we will send a confirmation email and whatsapp of your booking and supply details of your booking including directions and times etc for your trip.
Please arrive 30 min Prior to the boat departing. The boat will not wait if you don’t arrive on time. Please give yourself 2 hours travelling time if you are travelling from Cape Town City Centre.
We would advise you to book your Whale Watching Big 5 Sea Safari in Gansbaai way in advance. These trips are highly popular and can fill up very quickly.
Do not pitch up at the offices and expect to get a booking on the Boat to go Whale Watching. You will be very dissapointed 🙁
Payment is made on arrival at the booking office. Payment can be made by Cash, Credit Card or EFT.
Light Refreshments are included. A soft drink or still water and packetS of crisps will be provided on the boat.
The Big 5 Sea Safari season runs from January (summer) – May(summer), annually. The exact dates all depends when the Southern Right depart before we start the Whale Watching Gansbaai Big 5 Safari and Sunset Trip
A return Shuttle Service from Cape Town to Gansbaai to Cape Town can be arranged.
- 1 & 2 People - R3200
- 3 & 4 People - R3400
- 5 & 6 People - R3600
We recommend that you avoid alcohol the previous night, as alcohol induces sea sickness. Take a sea sickness tablet the night before your Whale Watching trip and again 1 hour before your Hermanus Whale Watching Trip. Also don’t eat a heavy meal before your Whale Watching boat trip. You don’t want Sea Sickness to spoil your Whale Watching Experience.
Historically Gansbaai has more Southern Right Activity in the area and more Southern Right Whales. The Drive though from Hermanus to Gansbaai is an extra 45-minute drive.
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