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Southern Right Charters is a leading boat-based whale watching operator which has been operating since 1999. We offer boat-based whale and dolphin watching tours from the New Harbour in Hermanus, the Capital of the Cape Whale Coast. We operate within the local waters of Walker Bay, regarded as one of the best whale watching areas in the world. We are a small team with a big passion for whales and the marine environment.

Whale watching in Hermanus should be at the top of your to-do list when visiting Cape Town and the Garden Route. Our boat-based whale watching tours depart, daily, in season, from the New Harbour in Hermanus.

Over the past 20 years, Southern Right Charters has grown an industry-wide reputation as a leading operator within South Africa and worldwide. The company is progressive, environmentally sensitive and operates under the ethos of ‘Observing NOT Disturbing’. As such, the safety and conservation of the whales and marine life is principal. The Whale & Dolphin watching permit allows us to approach the whales up to 50m, and being curious creatures, they usually come right up to the boat. Southern Right Charters believes it is our obligation to ensure the service offered is informative and educational.

Get in touch with us to book your boat-based whale watching South Africa Hermanus tours.


Responsible Tourism

MV Miroshca, our purpose-built whale watching catamaran, was the first vessel of its kind in design and operation in South Africa, leading the way in safe, comfortable marine tours. Constant technical upgrades and maintenance ensure that Southern Right Charters remains the leader in the Whale Watching Industry.

Miroshca is specifically designed to minimise disturbance of marine life with zero hull protrusions, muffled exhaust systems, chosen propulsion and built- in noise reduction which all contribute to minimising disturbance to marine life and Eco-systems, in line with our company moto of ‘Observing NOT Disturbing’.

All our staff are skilled, qualified and specialised in this field of eco-tourism, ensuring a high level of professional and responsible service.

Southern Right Charters is a Licensed Whale & Dolphin Watching operator ( Permit No: EPH2017407). The Permit is issued by the South African Department of Environment, Forestry & Fisheries.  Rigorous regulations, guidelines and limitations of the permit assists South Africa’s recognition as world leaders in responsible whale watching.