Adventures in Dyer Island

A few miles offshore from the tiny fishing village of Gansbaai you will find South Africa’s great white shark mecca – Dyer Island.
This island, named after an American settler, was originally called Ilha de Fera – island of wild creatures, by Portuguese seafarers. The original name aptly describes what you will find on your visit.
Dyer Island is home to thousands of African penguins, gannets, cormorants and more than 50 000 Cape fur seals. Most people, however, visit this tiny…

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Adventures in Dyer Island
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A few miles offshore from the tiny fishing village of Gansbaai you will find South Africa’s great white shark mecca – Dyer Island.

This island, named after an American settler, was originally called Ilha de Fera – island of wild creatures, by Portuguese seafarers. The original name aptly describes what you will find on your visit.

Dyer Island is home to thousands of African penguins, gannets, cormorants and more than 50 000 Cape fur seals. Most people, however, visit this tiny spit of land to see what lies below the surface of the sea. Dyer Island and nearby Geyser Rock is separated by what is affectionately known as Shark Alley. This channel is recognised as the shark capital of the world.  Researchers, film crew and adventurers like you and I travel from around the world for a chance to see these giant, fearsome creatures of the deep.

Gansbaai is also a popular whale watching destination and a great place to spot the Southern right whale during the winter months.

Dyer Island Adventures

Shark Cage Diving

Travel to Gansbaai in the Overberg of the Western Cape and take a journey a few miles offshore. Here, a narrow channel, known as Shark Alley, separates Geyser Rock and Dyer Island. This stretch of sea between two unassuming spits of land is the great white shark capital of the world. Shark Cage Diving...

Whale Watching

Eubalaena australis is a baleen whale. These types of whales have baleen, a fringed plate-like sheet from the upper jaws that serve to strain plankton from the water. Apparently its common name, the Southern right whale, was given by whalers who considered this species the ‘right’ whale to hunt....