The Dyer Island lies roughly 8,5km off the coast of Gansbaai,this southern shore is frequented by penguins and a lot of different species of birds.Dyer Island (larger island) is the breeding ground of Jackass Penguins, Cape Cormorants and Gannets, while Geyser Rock (smaller island) is a breeding Mecca for Cape Fur Seals and currently home to approx. 50 000 seals.The island is recognised as an Important Bird Area (IBA), which gives Dyer Island the same status as an IBA anywhere else in the world. There are 1228 IBAs in Africa, and 101 in South Africa. Thus, from a national bird conservation perspective, Dyer Island is one of the hundred most important sites in the country. The dyer island is difficult to land with aboat but a whale watching ,or shark cage diving trip will take you right past the Island.