Join the Dyer Island Conservation Trust’s boat-based whale watching and research volunteer program. This is a once in a lifetime experience that allows you to work with whales at the tip of Africa.

Every year from July-December the seas off Dyer Island become home to large numbers of Southern Right whales who have journeyed here from their feeding grounds in Antarctica to breed and calve. Now, a newly introduced scheme offers a limited number of volunteers the rare opportunity to join us in boat-based whale watching and research.

With leaders in whale-watching and conservation, Dyer Island Cruises the Trust provides the chance to work with their team, including marine biologists, on the first purpose-built whale watching boat in South Africa, Whale Whisperer.

With multiple trips daily (weather permitting) volunteers experience close interactions with adult Southern Right whales as well as observing mothers and calves. These eco-tourism trips, which are limited to 20 guests, also regularly come close to Great White sharks, dolphins, seals, the endangered African penguin and thousands of seabirds which are resident in the bay. There are also sightings of Humpback and Bryde’s whales.

Volunteers become an integral part of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust team hosting visitors from South Africa and overseas, assisting the boat crew and helping biologists to collect data and photograph the whales’ behaviour.

Help us discover more and protect the Southern Right whale – your choice helps make the difference.

The new scheme is modelled on the very successful programme already run in conjunction with the shark cage diving company Marine Dynamics in which volunteers from all over the world are working with Great White sharks.

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Information courtesy of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust member newsletter. Please visit their site at or view the newsletter online HERE and download the brochure.