For the adventurous we offer an encounter with the Southern Right Whale. We collect you at your hotel and drive to Gansbaai where you enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at the restaurant before the boat launch. Every trip is preceded by a brief introductory talk about the route and what to look out for. You are fitted with comfortable inflatable life-jackets, the boat is launched and then you go in search of the whales. The whales are attracted to the sound of the boat and most often come so close that you can almost touch them. The guide will explain the various communication styles of the whale and we wait to see the big fish breech. Once we are ready to move on we proceed to the shark cage diving grounds to view the activities there; often we see a fin or two.
After spending time with the sharks, we proceed to Dyer Island, depending on weather and sea conditions. At Dyer Island you view African penguins at play, Cape cormorants and many other species. We also often spot giant petrels, Cape gannets, white chinned petrels and storm petrels. Neighbouring Dyer Island is Geyser Rock, home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals. The stretch of water between the two islands is Shark Alley. We visit Shark Alley to view the seals. The colony is thriving and there is always lots of activity. After about 3 to 4 hours, depending on the day, we head back to land. Upon return you enjoy a light lunch and then you are driven back to Cape Town, stopping for a break at Hermanus.