Whale Watching, Hermanus

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Cape Town and its surroundings offer you experiences that will last a lifetime! Take a look at the categories below to find out what you should be doing!

Whale Watching, Hermanus

Hermanus has the status of being the best land-based whale watching destination in the world. Southern right whales visit Walker Bay from June through to December and can be viewed from aboard a boat, an airplane or the shore. Hermanus is home to the world’s only Whale Crier who blows his kelp horn when whales are spotted along the central sea route.

The Whale Festival has also become a feature on the town’s calendar. Hermanus is a cosmopolitan town but has retained some of its historical fisherman’s village heritage. A number of craft markets sell a range of interesting wares, a marimba band frequently adds a vibrant atmosphere on different occasions and the old harbour with its restored fishing boats gives a glimpse of times past.

Whale watching by boat

You will be personally collected from your accommodation and transferred to either Simon’s Town or Kalk Bay. During the trip you might see 3 types of whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and a variety of sea birds. The operator is permitted to approach whales up to 50 metres. The whales normally turn and approach the boat – often coming as close as 1 metre! We are then allowed to remain in position alongside the whales for up to 20 minutes. On completion of your whale experience in you will be personally transferred back to your accommodation.


Cost for one person – R1400.00
Cost per person for 2 – 3 passengers – R1200.00
Larger groups quoted separately

Days Daily (1 June to 20 December)
Departure Time 09h30, 12h30
Return Time 12h00, 15h00 – Times may vary
Bring Along Sun Block, Hat, Sun Glasses and something warm to wear.
Consider sea sick tablets.
Trip Includes Snacks, refreshments and boat based whale trip.
Includes personal return transport.

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