WHALE Watching in Hermanus
You have 4 major ways to watch Whales in Hermanus –
Boat trips / Walking Tours / Kayaking / Cessna plane flights
1) Boat Trips –
Hermanus is regarded by WWF and Greenpeace as being one of the world’s best locations to watch Whales, it holds the annual week long Whale Festival in early October, which attracts over 150,000 eager Whale watchers. Southern Right Whales, Humpbacks and Bryde Whales are spotted, with the highest number of 196 Whales ever being viewed in ONE day. (Whale watching season is from early June to early December each year.) Penguins, seals and sea birds are also viewed, with occasionally pods of dolphin. Boat trips will take you out to sea to meet them up close :-))
There are only 5 boat licences allowed so as to minimise disturbance to the whales. 3 operate from Hermanus new harbour, 1 from Gansbaai harbour and 1 from Kleinbaai harbour. These last 2 are about 45 minutes drive around the bay from Hermanus. One trip I did last week was incredible as a whale actually rubbed its back on the bottom of the boat. Mind-blowingly excellent :–))
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 – 10.00am / 13.00pm
Trips are 2 to 3 hours long
All the boats are able to carry up to 40 people each, are between 10 to 13 metres long, all have covered seating areas and upper decks so that you obtain a higher vantage point to take great photos.
ALL Prices can be viewed on our PRICES page
Whale boat trips offer discounts for – Pensioners, Students, Kids under 14 years old and under 5yrs go for free
2) Whale Watching Walking Tours –
Another option is to do a Whale Watching walking tour that takes you on a gentle walk along our rugged cliff tops for 2 to 3 hours, with our experienced Whale Watching Tour Guide who will take you to all the hidden coves and inlets that the Whales love to frolic in and due to the cliffs being vertical, means that the Whales can literally be only afew metres away from you. A visit to our Whale museum will start the tour. The location schedule will take in 5 to 7 separate spots that are 2 to 4 kms apart so you will travel to each spot by luxury 7 seater kombi and then wander around each location. Tours are conducted at any time of the day that suits you. Kids under 12yrs at half price (including entrance fee to the Whale Museum), plus are conducted in any weather, so if your Boat Trip is cancelled due to bad weather, then this tour will (nearly) always be available.
3) Kayaking with the Whales –
You might also wish to consider Kayaking in the bay, which is a gentle paddle for 2 hours to explore our coastline from the sea in our stable Kayaks. Each Kayak can take 2 persons and is a lovely way to encounter Seals, Penguins, birdlife and hopefully pods of Whales (June to Dec) and Dolphin, with the incredibly pretty back-drop of our mountains surrounding you. Your Kayaking Tour Guide will give you a quick 5min briefing, while you strap on a life-jacket, grab a paddle and he will escort you out to sea, hugging the coastline. Please wear flip-flops and clothes that you don’t mind getting slightly wet below your waistline and only bring small compact cameras that you can easily and quickly stow-away. Minimum age is 10yrs old, as you need body weight and upper body strength to propel yourself along. Maximum group size is 19 persons.
Trips go out 3 times per day – 09.00am, 11.30am and 14.00pm – with the early morning trips usually being the best weather conditions.
4) Cessna plane Flights over the Whales –
For an incredible birds-eye view of the Whales and the pretty scenery, then how about a flight over all of this fabulous natural splendour? Cessna plane flights allow 3 persons to fly at once and offer you different packages – 30mins / 45mins / 60mins. The longer the flight the more you will see and be able to circle above the pods of Whales for excellent photo opportunities. Maximum combined weight of 3 passengers and camera gear must be less than 250kgs per flight.
We can also arrange return transfers to/from any destination (for example Cape Town) to/from the Whales at Hermanus – please inform us if we can assist you with transport
The best thing to do is book your Whale watching trip to occur on the first day you are in Hermanus/Cape Town and if the weather is not so good on that first day, then we just move your trip to the next good weather day. Weather forecasts can be viewed at – http://www.windfinder.com/forecast/hermanus
Please can you inform us of your mobile cell phone number and the name of your accommodation place of the night b4 – as well as, are you available at any other time or date – just in case the weather plays silly games and we need to contact you urgently, thanks :–)
Many thanks and chat soon to arrange your Whale Watching trips :–))
ALL prices for loads of Activities can be viewed at our prices page –
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