Water activity

Hermanus: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

4.6 / 5

53 reviews

Hermanus: Whale and Dolphin Watching Boat Trip

From US$ 68.96 per person

Experience a close encounter with the gentle giants of the ocean by joining an informative and educational whale watching trip.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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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
Hermanus is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching marine mammals, with spectacular seasonal visits from southern right and humpback whales and year-round sightings of Bryde’s whales and enormous pods of dolphins. Experience this marine safari that awaits you! The purpose-built catamaran ensures maximum passenger comfort and spectacular viewing opportunities. During the tour, the friendly 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. The team add that personal touch to ensure that you have a great experience, and work under the motto "Observing, not Disturbing". All tours are weather permitting.
  • Light refreshments (mineral water, soft drink and crisps)
  • Whale specialist guide on board
  • Support Crew to ensure passenger comfort
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • USB Movie of tour including short film 'The Whale Season' (available to purchase)
  • entrance fee to the Harbor, payable upon entry (R5)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Meeting point

Southern Right Charters office, Hermanus, 7200

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Important information

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 53 reviews

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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

Ecellent trip and very informative

At the start point we were greeted by friendly staff and advised of exactly what will be happening. The boatr was comfortable and we were provided with water/soft drinks and crisps part way through the tour. We managed to get very close to the whales and saw some seals too! They provided a lot of information on the whales etc. too which was an added extra. I'd definitely recommend! (We went on the trip early September - the season for whale watching is June-December).

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September 12, 2018

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