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Gansbaai began as a modest fishing village that supplied processed shark livers for lubricants and Vitamin A. The status of the shark has since been elevated and Gansbaai is the premier destination for great white viewing and cage diving.

Kleinbaai is situated 3km from Gansbaai. Kleinbaai harbour is the launch point for the local shark diving boats as well as whale watching boats that also tour around Dyer Island.

Activities and sightseeing in the area

Shark Alley

'Shark Alley' is a shallow, narrow channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock. Some believe the sharks prowl this channel because of the 30 000 Cape Fur Seals that colonise Geyser Rock. Others believe that the winter waters are rich with the sharl's favourite fish. These predators can be seen from April to December.

Whale watching

Gansbaai rivals Hermanus for land-based whale watching. Southern Right whales can be viewed from June to December.

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    Dyer Island Cruises

    Tours & adventures  > Day tours  > Gansbaai

    Dyer Island Cruises operates around the world famous Dyer Island where you might be fortunate to see the Marine Big 5 – the Southern Right Whale/Humpback/Bryde’s Whales, the iconic Great White Shark, the Cape fur seal (around 60 000 on Geyser Rock), the endangered African Penguin and various visiting dolphin species. The area is also home […]

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    Great White Shark Tours

    Tours & adventures  > Adventure activities  > Gansbaai

    We offer shark cage diving in Gansbaai – the only place in the world with all year round great white shark activity. We invite you to join us on board our boat, Apex Predator, for the ultimate great white shark cage diving and surface viewing adventure tour in South Africa. Gansbaai is known as the […]

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    International Marine Volunteers

    Volunteering & internships  > Animals & wildlife  > Gansbaai

    We offer unique year-round opportunities to work with Great White Sharks and other marine species such as the Africa penguin, dolphins, seals and Southern Right whales (from July-December). Our interns help support the Dyer Island Conservation Trust. Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa Accredited Won the First Choice Responsible Tourism award at World Travel Market […]