Water activity

Hermanus: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

4.6 / 5

98 reviews

Activity provider: Southern Right Charters

Hermanus: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Activity provider: Southern Right Charters

From US$ 72.93 per person

Experience an up-close encounter with the gentle giants of the ocean by joining an informative and educational whale-watching cruise from Hermanus, known as a destination for whale watching.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Experience close encounters with a licensed whale watching operator
  • Learn about these gentle giants directly from a whale specialist
  • Explore South Africa's Whale Capital coastline
Full description

Discover Hermanus, one of the best destinations for watching marine mammals, on a boat trip with a whale specialist guide. Sail to areas that receive seasonal visits from southern right and humpback whales along with year-round sightings of Bryde’s whales and dolphins. Enjoy refreshments onboard. Sail on a purpose-built catamaran ensures maximum passenger comfort and spectacular viewing opportunities. During the tour, the crew is on hand to make sure everyone has a great experience, from helping get the perfect photo to serving complimentary light refreshments.

The guide, a whale specialist, will interpret the marine life encountered en route and provide insight into the behavior of the whales while the action is taking place. The expert videographer will ensure the best footage is captured.

  • Whale and dolphin watching cruise
  • Specialist guide on board
  • Light refreshments
  • Crisps
  • Movie and a short film of the tour (available to purchase)
  • Entrance fee to the Harbor ( R5 payable upon entry)

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Meeting point

Please arrive 30 minutes before the departure time: Meet at the Southern Right Charters' welcome center, the Whale Shack, on the lower level of the New Harbour.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Baby strollers
  • Drones

Know before you go

  • What to wear:
  • Weather-appropriate clothing and a windbreaker
  • Sensible footwear (flat shoes are recommended)
  • What to bring:
  • Sea sickness tablets should be taken in advance as per packet instructions if necessary
  • Camera (tripods and binoculars are not advised)
  • Children Policy:
  • All ages welcome. All children under 12 must wear life jackets for the full duration on-board, and be under adult supervision at all times.
  • The life jacket condition applies as well to infants. For children under 2 years old, they can be very uncomfortable. We would strongly advise motion sickness syrup for infants.
  • No prams are allowed on board.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 98 reviews

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Amazing! the guide was informative and helpful. the boarding and waiting area were nice. We got to see 3 different whales and dolphins and seals! not sure how regular it is to see all of these in one trip, maybe we got lucky? but it was worth every dollar spent.

November 29, 2022

Good organized boarding, they explain many things about the whales but everything in English. The bad thing is that the captain of the ship only put the boat so that those in the bow (in the front) could see the whales, which meant that either you were there or you did not see it well.

November 9, 2022

Well organised and excellent boat to go out into the bay. Good, entertaining and informative commentary from the guide/host. Saw 2 groups of Southern Right whales - male/female/young. Whales surrounded the boat and were behaving normally. Excellent views and a good post trip video produced and available at extra cost -> and worth it as the views of the whales provided a better aerial perspective. Recommended

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September 15, 2022

Product ID: 156720