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Hermanus: Boat Based Whale Watching Experience

Activity provider: Hermanus Whale watchers

Hermanus: Boat Based Whale Watching Experience

Activity provider: Hermanus Whale watchers
Likely to sell out Booked 11 times yesterday

From US$ 69.17 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 11 times yesterday

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
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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

    4.5 /5

    based on 132 reviews

    Review summary

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    Since we did the tour at the end of whale season, we were unlucky enough not to see a whale. Nevertheless, we liked the tour because the guides were incredibly nice and funny and they passed on a lot of interesting information. A bit earlier in the whale season with more guarantee of spotting one, this tour is definitely recommended!

    November 22, 2019

    We had an amazing trip to see the whales. I appreciate its pot luck if you get to see them, and we were lucky enough to see a few with calves as well. But most of all its the crew. They were most informative and in love with the whales.

    October 25, 2019

    Brought a tear to my wife’s eye!

    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.

    October 4, 2019

    Product ID: 166118