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Southern Right Charters is a boat-based whale watching tour operator which has been operating in Hermanus since 1999. We are a small team with a big passion for whales and the marine environment of Walker Bay.

We offer boat-based whale watching tours from the New Harbour in Hermanus, the capital of the Cape Whale Coast. Our boat operates within the local waters of Walker Bay, regarded as one of the best whale watching areas in the world. Whale watching South Africa Hermanus should be at the top of your to-do list when visiting Cape Town and the Garden Route.

Our company is progressive and environmentally sensitive. As a licensed permit holder, we operate under our motto, ‘Observing NOT Disturbing’. The safety and conservation of the whales and marine life is principal, and under this ethos the company believes it is our obligation to ensure the service offered is informative and educational.


  • Southern Right Charters begins boat based whale watching in Hermanus

  • Southern Right Charters puts down roots in the New Harbour, our booking office – the Whale Shack opens its doors

  • Southern Right Charters first whale watching boat, Debbie.

  • Spindrift, robust 7,6m mono-hull replaces Debbie as Southern Right Charters whale watching vessel

  • Southern Right Charters launches our first 42 seater purpose-built catamaran

  • Southern Right Charters ‘Whale Shack’ receives a makeover

  • Launch of Miroshca, Southern Right Charters purpose built catamaran

  • ‘Bekithemba’ Our life- sized whale model arrives at our on-land facilities. Perfect to grasp the sheer size of the southern right whale

  • Southern Right Charters is accredited by Fairtrade Tourism South Africa

  • Southern Right Charters received Blue Flag Status for Boat Based whale watching

  • Southern Right Charters is Carbon Neutral, In an ongoing initiative certified and overseen by the Climate Neutral Group

  • The Whale Shack is transformed.