Gansbaai is a truly magnificent place away from the hustle and bustle of busy city life and mainstream tourism with varies accommmodation. Let down your hair, kick off your shoes and come to Gansbaai to enjoy the Real South Africa. Get back to basics with warm friendly people to welcome and pamper you. Gansbaai is one of the most beautiful places along the South African coastline with its Rugged cliff edges in De Kelders visited for 6 months of the year by 200+ Whales. The Plaat beach in De Kelders was the feature of 2009 Marks & Spencer summer promotion where many famous faces posed in Gansbaai to warm UK consumers to the summer vibe.
From the spectacular cliffs of De Kelders to the miles of white sandy beaches of Pearly Beach, you will find the most unique and astonishing land-based whale watching spots in the word. The Bay is home to 200+ Whales from July - December and visitors and residents are spoilt with stunning displays of breaching, lob tailing, spy hopping, sunbathing and sailing. The Whales come so close to the rocks many days that you think you could just jump off onto their backs. There have been several births witnessed over the last couple of years and many have witnessed mating activity without even having to step onto a boat.
Dyer Island and Shark Alley has made Gansbaai famous due to it being the most densly populated place in the world for Great White Sharks. Visitors from across the world visit daily to see the Great White Sharks and this is undisputidely the best place in the world to see Great white Sharks only 20 minutes by boat from Kleinbaai harbour. In the same vicinity just off Shark Alley, you will see a colony of 60,000 seals on Geyser rock the other side of Shark Alley from Dyer Island. In the winter months there are an abundance of sharks around the island predating on the seals.
Back on land, numerous caves along the cliffs of De Kelders beckon the visitor to explore and discover ancient secret wonders - while never ending sandy beaches provide for long uplifting and soul-searching walks. Various trails can be followed on the mountain and in the hills to discover over 1500 species of fynbos.
Quote from Getaway Magazine (March 2003)
"..this little town is able to offer some of the world's best boat- and shore-based whale watching and unquestionably the world's best white-shark diving. The sensational marine tourist attractions should not be the only things to lure you, however. Some of the Cape's best-conserved fynbos adorns the mountains in the area and numerous walks and trails criss-cross it. The lighthouse at Danger Point is open to tourists, and you can climb the stairs to the revolving light and peer out at the restless waters that cover the remains of the famous Birkenhead wreck. After a week spent wandering the streets of Gansbaai and its surroundings, we can comfortably say that this, truly, is the gem of the Overberg."
Gansbaai is a place not to be overlooked and is definitely a place to stay over before your dive. Many unfortunate people have only realised how beautiful and amazing this place is only on the way back to Cape Town on the shark diving shuttle. Don't be one of those and book your stay over to enjoy this inspiring area.