Whale watching and boat trips, Hermanus, South Africa – Cape Whale Coast
Whale Watching Season is JUNE to late NOVEMBER in Hermanus, South Africa
Hermanus has a glorious coastline and stunning scenery; there is no better place to visit and holiday than Hermanus during the Whale season – or any other time of the year actually, as there’s loads to enjoy and explore!
The marvelously pretty seaside town of Hermanus is situated in the Western Cape of South Africa (a short drive of 90mins from Cape Town) and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches, mountains, wine regions and coastal scenery in the world.
The Southern Right Whales migrate to these waters from their Antarctic feeding areas to breed, care for their young and play in our shallow waters of Walker Bay, Hermanus for 6 months every year, from June to late November.
The sight of these massive, gentle and inquisitive creatures relaxing and displaying to one another (and us humans) is truly exhilarating for everyone – and for those that love nature it is a complete mind-blower.
Whale watching from the land is great as the cliffs are vertical into the sea and thus allowing the Whales to come in very close to the shore – Whale Watching Land-Based Walking Tours are available so that you are able to explore the hidden coves and inlets that the Whales love to laze about in.
Your experienced Whale Tour Guide will introduce you to these gems, while you take loads of close-up photos and videos of these incredible encounters.
Whale Watching Boat Trips will take you out to sea to get even closer. There are only 5 boat licences allowed so as to minimise the possible disturbance to the Whales. 3 operate from Hermanus harbour, 1 from Gansbaai harbour and 1 from Kleinbaai harbour. These last 2 boats are about 45 minutes drive around Walker Bay from Hermanus.
Booking in advance is highly advisable as trips are very popular and regularly get fully booked – so please CONTACT US to discuss availability and arrange bookings.
Hermanus operators go out at various times per day – 09.00am / 11.00am / 12noon / 14.00pm / 15.00pm / 16.00pm
Gansbaai operator goes out twice per day – 10.00am / 13.00pm
Kleinbaai operator goes out twice per day – estimated launch times – 10.00am / 13.00pm – from a natural harbour and according to tides – credit card details will be required to secure your booking.
All the boats are able to carry up to 40 people each, with one that is a gorgeous luxury 3 decker Catamaran capable of carrying up to 70 people; are between 10 to 13 metres long, all have covered seating areas and upper decks so that you can obtain a higher vantage point to take great photos and video footage.
Prices vary very slightly depending upon which operator you decide to go with – from R800 per person to R1100 per person. The Hermanus boats are R800 to R850pp / Gansbaai boat is R1200pp - and the Kleinbaai boat is an Eco-tour that visits the seals of Dyer Island and can circle the Shark diving boats and priced at R1200pp.
Discounts for Kids are offered too and prices vary between each boat, so please CONTACT US for more info.
Hermanus offer 100′s of Activities -
While in Hermanus, the adventure-sporty types amongst you will be very happy to know that you can try your hand at – Great White Shark cage diving (utterly incredible, with Hermanus being THE place on the planet to observe these equally majestic creatures very close-by from the safety of a metal cage); Kayaking with the Whales, seals and penguins; Quad Biking thro’ Wine Estates, Olive groves, stunning mountains and coastal scenery; Tree Top zip-lining slides to play Tarzan and Jane, Paintballing, Scuba Diving, Sandboarding, Sea Fishing, Fat Biking, Hiking and much more in Hermanus.
While those of you that prefer a much more chilled-out time will be delighted to explore our Wine Valley and Wine Estates; explore the magnificent unique Plants and Bird-life, countryside, beaches and mountains…..oh and of course our incredible WHALES
Whale watching, Boat Trips and many Adventures in Hermanus, South Africa.
Phone number – +27 (0) 72-062-8500
Phone number – +27 (0) 72-062-8500