Hermanus is regarded as the whale watching capital of South Africa and there are few better ways to see these gentle giants in their natural environment than on a boat based whale watching trip. The tours are operated from the New Harbour in Hermanus and departs 3 to 4 times daily depending on the time of year and weather and sea conditions.
The permit issued to the operators entitles them to approach the whales up to 50m and then stop, allowing the whales to decide whether to approach the boat or not. Being curious they normally approach the boat and enjoy a quick peek at their visitors. This is an experience to be treasured.
A qualified whale specialist guide is on board to relate interesting facts and answer any questions en route. One usually encounters seals, penguins, marine birds, southern right whales and often see the bryde's whale, dolphins and humpback whale at certain times of the year.
A trip can last anything from 1H30M up to 3 HRS, although it normally takes about 2HRS. The duration of the trip depends entirely on how far away the whales are. Once there, the boat is permitted to spend 20mins with each pod of whales.
Fully compliant with SA Marine Safety Association requirements. Experienced crew and registered skipper at the helm
ALL TRIPS ARE SUBJECT TO WEATHER AND SEA CONDITIONS.
TIME OF YEAR
Approx June/July to early December, it all depends on when the star performers arrive and depart from our shores
09H00 - 12H00 - 15H00
07H00 [ sept to nov]