Water activity

Hermanus: Boat Based Whale Watching Experience

Activity provider: Hermanus Whale watchers
Water activity

Hermanus: Boat Based Whale Watching Experience

Activity provider: Hermanus Whale watchers

From US$ 78.47 per person


Experience a trip on the ocean surrounding Hermanus, known as the whale watching capital of the world. Spend some time looking for these majestic creatures before coming to a stop and observing them in their natural habitat.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Experience the humbling sight of whales in their natural environment
  • Encounter a variety of ocean life, whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds
  • See Hermanus and the Western Cape from a different view
Full description
Board your vessel for the day and receive a safety briefing before starting your whale watching adventure. In good weather conditions travellers will be allowed on the top-deck before departure for great unobstructed views, otherwise they will be allowed on top only after the whales have been found. Travel out onto the ocean taking in great views as you go.  Once the whales have been spotted, the vessel is allowed to move closer to the whales where it stops and the engines disengage is to prevent the whales from being injured by the propellers. Experience for yourself the astonishment of being so close to these majestic creatures.  As the whales are curious creatures, they might move up to the vessel for some 'people watching'. See a variety of other marine wildife such as dolphins and seals as you coast along the water. As you travel through the day and spot these beautiful creatures learn more about them from your crew, before they take you back to land after a once in a lifetime experience. 
  • 2-hour whale watching boat trip
  • Soda, water and crisps

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    Meeting point

    Hermanus New Harbour, Westcliff Road, 2 Stil St, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa. Go to the orange building on the righthand side, directly after entering the harbor.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Whale watching is suitable for all ages
    • Please wear warm clothing and flat shoes
    • Trips are weather permitting
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 191 reviews

    Review summary

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    This was one of the best trips we’ve ever done, it was a beautiful time spent with the whales especially the mother and calf and the crew were incredibly knowledgeable about the whole life-cycle of the Southern Right Whales we followed. Can’t recommend it enough. It did bring a tear to my wife’s eye too.

    March 28, 2023

    Thank you for the lovely time we had with you. We enjoyed our cruise a lot! We were still able to spot the whales although it was already the end of a season. Our guide was fantastic, he knew all about those beautiful animals and was sharing his knowledge with us and was telling very interesting stories during the trip. We're definitely coming back and we recommend this adventure to everyone!

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    March 28, 2023

    Dear Guys Unfortunately your reservation for 14th of November 14.00 pm was not accepted from the whale watching Company. So we had to change for the trip from today. We could all manage ourself but we think, that you didn‘t make your Job in the right way!! For your information: the whale watching trip was excellent although we had this troubles.

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    March 28, 2023

    Product ID: 166118