Water activity

Hermanus: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

4.6 / 5

63 reviews

Activity provider: Southern Right Charters

Hermanus: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

Activity provider: Southern Right Charters
Likely to sell out

From US$ 65.47 per person

Likely to sell out

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.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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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)
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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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 63 reviews

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The 2h tour kept what it promised. We saw whales and dolphins. A whale came right up to our boat and we had a unique experience. We were very well taken care of with food and drink before the tour. The boat was the most modern in the port. Huge recommendation!

June 12, 2022

We went there at the end of the whale season. On the day of our tour we received a call that our whale watching was canceled due to the bad weather and that we could be rescheduled for the next day. In the morning it should also be more likely to see whales. We then did the 9 o'clock tour the next day and actually saw a mother with a calf and a single whale that came very close to us on the boat. Countless penguins and seals could also be seen. A great, exciting experience!

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November 16, 2021

We did the tour in late October. Actually, this should take two hours. At first we didn't see any whales, so the crew cruised in the bay for a while until we were lucky. The encounter was very close, intense and fantastic. We also had a little rough sea. Unfortunately, some fellow travelers became seasick and vomited. The crew had that well under control. Everyone was well looked after.

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October 25, 2020

Product ID: 156720