Experience a close encounter with the Hermanus whales by joining us on an informative and educational whale watching tour.
HERMANUS WHALE SEASON
June – December, annually.
There are no fences and the Atlantic Ocean awaits! Although the tour is a specialised whale watching experience it can extend into a safari on the sea. Possible encounters during your whale watching tour can include: Southern Right Whale, Humpback & Bryde’s whales, Dolphins, Seals, and a large variety of seabirds including the African penguin
During which months are you likely to see which whale species more?
JUNE – MID AUGUST Humpback & Southern Right whales
JUNE -DECEMBER Southern Right whales
Bryde’s whales can be spotted all season
The boat-based whale watching trip is not capped and is from 1hr 30 minimum – 3hrs maximum. It all depends on the travelling time to the whales and the marine life encountered. The trip normally averages at about 2 hours.
We depart daily at 09h00; 12h00 and 15h00 from the New Harbour in Hermanus.
Arrival time is 30 minutes before departure for check-in and the on-land safety briefing led by our whale specialist guide.
For private exclusive charters and group bookings the additional trip time of 06h30 or 17h00 can be requested dependent on time of year.
Bookings Advisable & All tour Weather/Sea Permitting
WHALE WATCHING TRIP – WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
The whale watching experience begins with an on-land briefing led by our whale specialist guide before heading down the jetty and boarding our catamaran. We then set off from the Hermanus New Harbour in search of the ‘gentle giants.’
The purpose-built catamaran provides superior viewing and comfort and during the tour the friendly, knowledgeable crew add that personal touch allowing for an all-round great experience. The informative Whale Specialist Guide will interpret the marine life encountered en route and provide insight into the behaviour of the whales while you are watching them in action and our onboard videographer will ensure that the best footage is captured.
Our permit entitles us to approach the whales up to 50m and then we stop to observe, it is then up to the whales to approach closer. Being naturally curious, the whales often come right up to the boat. It is definitely ‘a magical experience to be treasured’.
On return to land, peruse the local craft and souvenirs available, order your USB movie of the tour which is immediately ready or simply relax at our outdoor seating on the edge of the quay with reading material on all things whales.