Gansbaai is located at the foot of the Duyenefontein Mountains and has grown from a small seaside village to a bustling tourist attraction during the past few years as a result of its White Shark Cage Diving Industry.
Renowned as one of the world's premier White Shark Cage Diving destinations in the world, the cage dive operators launch their specially equipped boats daily from the Kleinbaai Harbour to take visitors out to view these magnificent predators.
Dyer Island near Gansbaai is a breeding colony for jackass penquins while seals breed on nearby Geyser Island. A warder, stationed on Dyer Island, protects the birds breeding there. A number of these are endemic species, such as the Oyster Catcher and the Swift Tern.
There is a narrow channel in the sea between Geyser Rock and Dyer Island which is home to up to 60 000 Cape Fur Seals. The sea around these islands has become the feeding ground of the endangered Great White Shark. Since the area around Dyer Island has been declared a nature reserve, boats may only enter this area with a permit issued by the Department of Nature Conservation.
Fishmongers are stocked with fresh catches daily. Gansbaai is a popular holiday resort for boating and fishing enthusiasts and whale watchers.
Despite the enormous income from the shark diving industry, Gansbaai is still sustained by its fishing industry. Fishing boats are seen taking to the waters daily making fresh catches regularly available to purchase.
There are several little eateries and pubs in the town which are worth a visit and not to be missed is a visit to the Abalone Farm which produces this culinary delicacy for export.
Don't Miss Out On
- Great White Shark Cage Diving or Surface Viewing
- Whale Watching
- Horse Riding
- Rock or Boat Angling
- Gansbaai Harbour
- Strandveld Museum (Relics of the HMT Birkenhead)
- Danger Point Lighthouse
Open: Mon to Fri 10H00 to 15H00
- Uilkraals Estuary (5 kms from Gansbaai)