Water activity

From Cape Town: Hermanus Whale Watching Boat Trip

4.1 / 5

38 reviews

Activity provider: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

From Cape Town: Hermanus Whale Watching Boat Trip

Activity provider: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
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From US$ 134.30 per person

Likely to sell out

Cruise along white beaches and the cliffs of De Kelders in a comfortable speedboat on this whale watching adventure from Cape Town. Look for humpbacks and orcas while enjoying drinks and snacks.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Pickup included
Pickup times are between 6:45 AM and 7:30 AM depending on your location. The exact time will be confirmed the evening before the tour. Pickup is limited to a maximum distance of 20 km around Cape Town CBS. Please be in the hotel lobby or guesthouse reception 10 minutes before the given time.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Amazing close encounters with Southern Right Whales and other marine life
  • Launch from the quiant fishing harbour of Gansbaai and head towards the World Capital for whale watching, Hermanus
  • Ride on a boat designed to carry 40 people but is limited by your guide to groups to 25
Full description
Join the most prolific Whale Watching Operator in the Hermanus area, launch from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai and travel along the cliffs of De Kelders, proven to be the best area with the highest concentration of whales on the South African Coastline. Along the way hear about local commentary of whales, and facts about right whales. Learn about the habitats and their feeding processes. Look for southern right whales in their natural environment, along with dolphins, Cape fur seals and other marine life. Keep an eye out for humpback, minke and Bryde's whales frolicking in the ocean. Catch a glimpse of the beautiful orcas, false killer whales and enchanting African penguins. This tour offers a great selection of marine life, that you can get up close with wild animals. Relax without ethical dilemma as you support businesses that celebrate animals in the wild. Return back to the harbor at the end of your boating adventure.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Whale watching boat trip
  • Live guide
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Food
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Binoculars

Not allowed

  • Smoking in the vehicle
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 38 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
  • Transportation
  • Value for money
  • Safety

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Great one for my fellow early birds, wonderful to get out before the sunrise and make the most of the daylight. The boat experience was fun, make sure you hold tight onto your phones and cameras because it’s a choppy ride but there’s great potential to get close to the whales. Pack warm and waterproof clothing, I wish I had packed gloves for the boat trip as the wind can make it very cold. Trip was well planned by enthusiastic and patient guide, I’d suggest the trip for anyone as even the children found it enjoyable

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August 7, 2022

Although the tour did not take place still five stars because our safety was paramount - the ocean was simply too rough to carry out the tour and the operator only had our safety in the foreground even though we were already there and he was left with the transport costs - mine Respect for this - I heard from vacationers who went out with another provider that they vomited for two hours

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October 27, 2019

Everything went very well. The pick up was on time and the boat trip was amazing. We were not too many people on board and could move around quite easily. The guides were very informative and fascinating us with detailed information. We did not by far see all animals mentioned in the description of this trip. For me this was fine as it depends on nature. I mention it to manage expectations of persons who are still thinking whether to book or not. We came close to penguins and whales and had enough time to take pictures and to enjoy these great creatures. We did not have time for lunch and headed back straight after the two hour boat trip. Water and a snack was offered on the way back to the harbour. therefore 4 instead of 5 stars.

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October 24, 2019

Product ID: 226252