Gans Bay
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  • Gansbaai: Marine Big 5 Boat tour

    1. Gansbaai: Marine Big 5 Boat tour

    Visit the Dyer Island eco-system and have the opportunity to spot the Marine Big 5: whales, sharks, seals, dolphins and penguins. Every year from June to December, the southern right whales arrive to mate and calve. Witness mating displays, breaching, tail slapping, spy-hopping and more. You may also see Bryde’s whales, humpback whales, the elusive humpback dolphin and the common dolphin. An incredible array of seabirds and a sighting of the almost 60,000-strong Cape fur seal colony on Geyser Rock is guaranteed as the boat cruises down the famous Shark Alley. An on-board marine biologist will be on hand to teach you more about the amazing animals that visit these shores. On the day of your trip, you will be picked up from your hotel in Cape Town or Hermanus, if you have selected an option with transfers included. Upon arrival in Gansbaai, enjoy coffee/tea and muffins while listening to...

    Der Empfang und die Betreuung in Gansbaai waren großartig. Vor der Bootstour gab es einen kurzen Einführungsfilm. Auf der Tour selbst haben wir u.a. Pinguine, Haie und Robben gesehen. Auch der Shuttle von/nach Kapstadt funktionierte einwandfrei und man konnte die Landschaft genießen.

  • Gansbaai: Shark Cage Diving

    2. Gansbaai: Shark Cage Diving

    Begin your excursion into the thrilling marine environment of South Africa with continental breakfast alongside a safety briefing by the boat’s skipper. Then, head out on a 20-minute boat ride to an area known for being brimming with sharks and other majestic ocean denizens.  Once you’ve arrived, you can make the choice to watch the sharks from the raised observation deck, or to be lowered into the water in a metal cage for a true adrenaline rush. Watch a variety of sharks circling you, comfortable in a provided wetsuit, and safe behind the specially-designed cage. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, stingrays, and other wildlife on top of the sharks. Afterwards, you’ll head back to land for lunch, and to watch a video clip of the day’s events over coffee, tea, and biscuits.

    Saw some copper sharks up close & personal, great whites are not in season at shark alley. However it was nice to do the experience overall and see some kind of sharks, something is better than nothing. The team was very nice and the experience was safe.

  • From Cape Town: Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus and Gansbaai

    3. From Cape Town: Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus and Gansbaai

    In just 20 minutes you’ll be out of Cape Town’s city center and traveling along the Overberg south coastal route to Gordon’s Bay, Pringle Bay, and Betty’s Bay. The route is picturesque and is an enjoyable way to set the mood for the full day ahead. Travel beneath Sir Lowry’s Pass and see the sheer cliff faces that drop into the Indian Ocean below. As you near Betty’s Bay, you’ll have views of unspoiled beaches stretching for miles. Stop to see the breeding ground of the African penguins at Stony Point or visit the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. Continue the drive through Hermanus to the seaside town of Gansbaai. The magnificent cliffs of De Kelders and the unspoiled beach provide for perfect land-based whale watching. In Gansbaai, you’ll head out on a 2-hour whale-watching journey. The purpose-built boat and restrictions on the number of passengers make it possible to fully ...

    The whole trip was excellent but what really made it so much more memorable and fun was Charlton, our brilliant guide. He was really knowledgable and tailored the day to our interests. Seeing whales so close was an outstanding, once in a lifetime experience.

  • Gansbaai: Shark Cage Dive and Onboard Viewing

    4. Gansbaai: Shark Cage Dive and Onboard Viewing

    Embark on a once in a lifetime adventure and get up close and personal with a great white shark. Hop into the water and observe sharks from inside a metal cage. Meet the cage diving team in Gansbaai, located 2.5 hours away from Cape Town, and enjoy a light breakfast and refreshments upon arrival. Take part in a safety briefing and demonstration. Afterward, board the vessel and take a short boat ride to "Shark Alley." Once there, the boat will anchor and the cage will be lowered into the water.  Put on your wet suit, jump into the cage and see the sharks as they swim by. Enjoy great views of the sharks from both on board and in the water. Sharks are surface feeders and shark activity takes place on or near the surface, meaning you don’t have to actually dive to see a shark. Hang out at the water’s surface and stick your head under when a shark comes by. You can also enjoy excellent vie...

  • From Cape Town: Shark Cage Diving and Penguin Tour

    5. From Cape Town: Shark Cage Diving and Penguin Tour

    Your shark diving adventure begins with an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Cape Town. Ask your hotel to pack a breakfast for you, or enjoy the light breakfast provided upon arrival in Gansbaai. Listen to a briefing about the shark diving experience before setting sail on the open seas for an exciting three hours of shark cage diving.

    Put on the diving gear provided for you and get ready for an unforgettable experience. Watch closely as the crew engages the sharks, drawing them close to the boat to give you the best views. See this apex predator up close when you take your turn in the cage, admiring its sheer size and streamlined shape as it swims right past you.

    Return to shore after your cage diving adventure and enjoy a warm shower. Fresh towels will be provided. Sit down with your tour group to watch a DVD of the day's events and receive ...

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What people are saying about Gans Bay

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 50 reviews

Picking up at the Aibnb was great and our guide Brad, who saw himself as Ambassador of South Africa. and vividly tore lots of backgrounds, so that even tips were given, the day was unforgettable despite partial rain. Especially when we suddenly saw the sunshine on November 12th. discovered another whale mum with a baby in front of Hermanns. A flock of dolphins and two seals accompanied us back a bit.

Saw some copper sharks up close & personal, great whites are not in season at shark alley. However it was nice to do the experience overall and see some kind of sharks, something is better than nothing. The team was very nice and the experience was safe.

I can only recommend it, it was a very successful excursion, seen 4 of the Big 5 and even several times. We were able to observe a whale from the Cape two days beforehand, so we even saw the Big 5 in SA.

The tour was great from start to finish. The staff is super friendly and you can experience your crowd on this tour.

Friendly and knowlegeable staff. Great transport service from the hotel. Good fun!