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Setting the standards in boat-based whale watching since 1999

As a small family-run business, whale watching is not what we do, but who we are.

We offer boat-based whale and dolphin watching tours from the New Harbour in Hermanus, the Capital of the Cape Whale Coast. Operating within the local waters of Walker Bay, an area regarded as one of the best whale watching areas in the world.


Whale watching is not what we do, it’s who we are

Over more than 20 years, Southern Right Charters has become widely recognized as one of the top whale watching operators in South Africa and around the globe. Our company is progressive, environmentally sensitive and prioritises the marine life which we get to encounter every day.

Safety and conservation of the whales and marine life is principal.

Our whale & dolphin watching permit entitles us to approach the whales up to 50m, although being curious creatures, they usually come to the boat to do some people watching!


Meet the team

Our Crew

The Southern Right Charters crew are skilled, qualified and specialised in their specific fields, all aligned to whale watching specifically, ensuring a high level of professional and responsible service.

With experienced skippers, engineers and Whale Specialist Guides on hand to answer all your questions as well as a dedicated support crew to ensure passenger comfort and a videographer to capture every moment.

”It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to take excited visitors and locals to view the whales and the marine life that Hermanus has to offer. The whales of course are the highlight of my day but meeting guests from all around the world and putting in the extra mile to ensure they have a great wildlife experience with us is the reward.” – Skipper, Southern Right Charters

Our Story

#Throwback to the beginning

In 1999, Southern Right Charters started boat-based whale watching in Hermanus, South Africa. We set down roots in the town’s New Harbour, and ‘The Whale Shack’ booking office and operations centre officially opened its doors, our boat at the time was a small 10-seater ‘Chukkie.’

Fast forward to present day, much has changed in terms of infrastructure with continuous upgrades but our ‘gees’, passion & ethos is the constant.

With multiple vessel upgrades over the years, we currently operate with our custom designed catamaran, ‘Miroshca’ – with a stringent preventative maintenance program in place, regular service intervals and an in-house engineering team – safety and consistency is an essential part of our service.

Over the years our ‘Whale Shack’ has received a couple of makeovers expanding what once was a small kiosk to the modest Welcome Centre it is today, which includes outdoor seating, life-size model of the Southern Right whale, restrooms and private floating jetty to embark and disembark the boat.

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04 Mar 2024

Hermanus: End of the Southern Right Whale Season 2023

For more info on the current Humpback Season on the West Coast with Whale ExpeditionSA

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