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Whale Watching & Marine Big 5 Trip for 4 in Gansbaai, S. Africa
Highest Bid:£60.00 GBP By SM************A
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This auction is for the unique opportunity to experience a Whale Watching and Marine Big 5 Trip with Dyer Island Cruises around the World-Famous Dyer Island in Gansbaai, South Africa for up to 4 guests, including breakfast / light lunch and soup and bread after the trip, as well as a Marine Biologist on every trip and free entry to visit the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, worth approximately 5,800 ZAR / £305 GBP/ $400 USD*. Please note the winner will be required to separately pay a 30 ZAR (approx. £1.56 GBP / $2.05 USD) Conservation Fee per person, as well as for all additional purchases including further meals, drinks, gratuities, etc.
Auction Trip Dates: to be booked in advance and trip taken before 30 November 2023, excluding trips between 01 December – 31 January, subject to availability.
The award-winning Dyer Island Cruises, near Hermanus and Cape Town, offer amazing whale watching and other eco-tours around Dyer Island to view whales, dolphins, seals, sharks, penguins, and marine birds. Dyer Island Cruises proudly offer these tours on their new custom-built tour vessel, the Dream Catcher, one of the industry’s most personal custom whale watching boats.
Their mission is to provide excellent trips for the best possible value for money and they have been recognized globally as a leading provider of marine-based ecotours. A Fair Trade Tourism certified company since 2008 with a Blue Flag boat accreditation, Dyer Island Cruises live by their motto ‘Discover and Protect’. Dyer Island Cruises also offers unparalleled expert knowledge about the entire ecosystem of Dyer Island in South Africa, which is a varied and beautiful wildlife marine biome that has been recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA).
This auction is for a Marine Big 5 Trip with Dyer Island Cruises around the World-Famous Dyer Island. The tour will introduce you to the Marine Big 5 or as many of them as possible (whales, sharks, dolphins, seals, and penguins). The onboard marine biologist will also be on hand to teach you more about these amazing animals that visit our shores.
What you can expect:
The evening before your tour, the team will contact you or your accommodation to confirm the time of your tour. Trip times vary with weather and tide conditions.
Once you arrive at The Great White House, you will receive a brief introductory talk about the route, safety, and what to look out for.
Passengers are fitted with comfortable life jackets and waterproof jackets. Safety is of the utmost importance and Dyer Island Cruises has extensive public liability insurance.
Trip lengths are between 2 and 2.5 hours, depending on sightings and weather conditions.
All cruises depart from Kleinbaai harbor near Gansbaai.
Dyer Island is located 8 km from shore and is an access controlled Important Bird Area (IBA) for the conservation of its many resident bird species, including African penguins. Adjacent to Dyer Island is Geyser Rock, home to a 60,000 strong Cape fur seal colony. These seals are present all year round. The team will take you into the channel of water between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock known as the world-famous ‘Shark Alley’. They will then take you to the whale hot spots in the bay. With over two decades of experience, not only do they know where to expect the best whale viewings, but the whales have also learned where to expect us!
The team boasts South Africa’s largest boat-based whale identity catalog and they see re-sightings of the same individual whales yearly.
Please note: Trips are always weather dependent, and the winner will need to provide a contact number to confirm the trip the afternoon before your trip is due. Dyer Island Cruises has a shuttle service available on request.
Terms and Conditions
Luxury Travel Diary terms and conditions apply. *This auction item is valued at approximately 5,800 ZAR by Dyer Island Cruises, South Africa – please note this valuation is the list price provided to Luxury Travel Diary by the Auction Prize Provider and should be used as a guide only as cheaper discounted rates may be available. No cash alternative is available. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion, or discount. This auction item excludes flights and transport – you will need to arrange and pay for your own flights/transportation to and from your home to Dyer Island Cruises, South Africa to coincide with your booking. Your stay is subject to availability and must be booked in advance and trip taken before 30 November 2023, excluding trips between 01 December – 31 January. Please note any associated taxes/resort fees/entrance fees etc. and all additional purchases will be collected from the winner by the relevant property at the time of booking your stay or on departure and will not be deducted from the amount bid for the item. Winners must pay for their auction item in full via PayPal within 48 hours of the auction’s end. The full Terms of our auctions can be found here. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Luxury Travel Diary will not be liable for any loss or damage arising out of the winners’ use or enjoyment of the prize; and the winner acknowledges that Luxury Travel Diary accepts no responsibility whether directly or indirectly for any claims whatsoever arising in respect of the prizes provided by third-party providers or sponsors.