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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.



  • 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.