Water activity

Hermanus: Boat Based Whale Watching Experience

Activity provider: Hermanus Whale watchers
Water activity

Hermanus: Boat Based Whale Watching Experience

Activity provider: Hermanus Whale watchers

From US$ 77.52 per person

Experience a trip on the ocean surrounding Hermanus, known as the whale watching capital of the world. Spend some time looking for these majestic creatures before coming to a stop and observing them in their natural habitat.

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Experience the humbling sight of whales in their natural environment
  • Encounter a variety of ocean life, whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds
  • See Hermanus and the Western Cape from a different view
Full description
Board your vessel for the day and receive a safety briefing before starting your whale watching adventure. In good weather conditions travellers will be allowed on the top-deck before departure for great unobstructed views, otherwise they will be allowed on top only after the whales have been found. Travel out onto the ocean taking in great views as you go.  Once the whales have been spotted, the vessel is allowed to move closer to the whales where it stops and the engines disengage is to prevent the whales from being injured by the propellers. Experience for yourself the astonishment of being so close to these majestic creatures.  As the whales are curious creatures, they might move up to the vessel for some 'people watching'. See a variety of other marine wildife such as dolphins and seals as you coast along the water. As you travel through the day and spot these beautiful creatures learn more about them from your crew, before they take you back to land after a once in a lifetime experience. 
  • 2-hour whale watching boat trip
  • Soda, water and crisps

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    Meeting point

    Hermanus New Harbour, Westcliff Road, 2 Stil St, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa. Go to the orange building on the righthand side, directly after entering the harbor.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • Whale watching is suitable for all ages
    • Please wear warm clothing and flat shoes
    • Trips are weather permitting
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 191 reviews

    Review summary

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    We had a really great trip. It was super organized. It was quite stormy, but we never felt unsafe. We were very lucky to see 3/4 whales. They circled our boat and seemed quite curious. It was very impressive and the skipper gave us so much time to really enjoy the whales. Simply great and definitely to be recommended

    January 11, 2023

    Whale season is almost over. Many whales have already moved on. As soon as the young are big enough, the whales move on. We only saw one young with the mother. You don't necessarily need a boat trip for that. The same can be seen in Gansbaai from the coast.

    November 8, 2022

    The guide was very friendly, funny and accommodating. We always felt safe and were able to fully enjoy the tour. They know exactly where the whales are and tell exciting stories about the animal. Thanks to a bit of luck we saw dolphins and a sea lion. We would book the tour again in a heartbeat.

    November 5, 2022

    Product ID: 166118