Whale watching trips in Hermanus

Posted: 2 March 2012 by Jenny Meyer Category: Attractions, Children, Hermanus, Things to do, Tours, Whale Watching Tags: , ,

 Whale Watching Trips in Hermanus

Hermanus is the best land-based whale watching spot in the world with amazing sightings from the cliff paths, but it’s only natural that one might want to get even closer to the gentle giants of the sea on a boat based whale watching trip in Hermanus. To minimise disturbance in the sea, there are only five boat licences in the Hermaus area – three that operate from Hermanus’ New Harbour, one that operates from Gansbaai and one that operates from Kleinbaai. The permit that the companies hold allows them to get up to 50m of a whale, after which they have to stop the boat and sit and observe. This in itself is a breathtaking experience as the beautiful scenery and sea-air envelope you. Even more exciting, however, is the fact that the whales are naturally curious beings and often make their way over to the boat to observe its passengers, giving those aboard a truly remarkable encounter with some of Earth’s biggest mammals.

All whale watching trips in Hermanus are weather permitting and bookings can be made on the day.  Payment need only be made on the day of departure directly to your operator.   Please contact us if you would like us to secure a trip for you during your stay at Eastbury Cottage

From June to the end of November the whale watching trips in Hermanus are very popular as this is during the peak whale season of the Southern Right Whale.

Below is a list of the operators offering boat-based whale watching trips in Hermanus  and Gansbaai. While all times and prices are subject to change depending on season and weather, the list should outline what to expect from each operator.

Children under five travel for free. You can expect to pay between R650 and R900 for a trip.  Special rates for seniors and groups.  Please contact us for updated rates for whale watching trips.

The Whale Watchers depart from the Hermanus New Harbour at 9AM, 11AM and 2PM daily. Most trips last two hours, but the trips could be extended depending on which glorious sights you encounter while out on the ocean. Each trip is accompanied by a SATOUR qualified guide who will provide excellent knowledge of all the marine life of the area. The boat is both wheelchair and child friendly.

boat based whale watchers boat Whale Watcher’s Boat



Hermanus Whale Cruises Boat

Hermanus Whale Cruises also depart from the New Harbour at 9AM, 12PM, 2PM and 4PM daily. Their boat, the Whale Cruiser, seats up to eighty seven passengers and takes a crew of five on every trip, which lasts two hours. The boat is split in two – the top viewing deck seats twenty eight and the front viewing deck can take ten passengers. The Whale Cruiser is wheelchair friendly.  It is best to report to the kiosk on the quay 30 minutes before the time as the retired Whale Crier gives a brief talk on the whales before departure.


Southern Right Charters Boat

Southern Right Charters are the last group on our Hermanus list and departs from the New Harbour every day at 9AM, 12PM and 3PM. With a motto of ‘Observing Not Disturbing’, Southern Right Charters will happily take you on a tour that averages two hours in length, but could be extended to three hours, depending on where the whales are situated on that particular day.

Dyer Island Cruises leaves from the Gansbaai Harbour, about a 45 minute drive from Hermanus. Dyer Island Cruises focuses on attempting to show its passengers every animal of the Marine Big Five and provides trained and knowledgeable crew to assist with any queries.

With so many great things to experience in the crystal waters of Walker Bay, a trip with any one of these operators is well worth it and promises to engrave an unforgettable experience in your memory.  Be sure to take a warm jacket as it can get rather chilly while out on the ocean and of course…take your hat and sunscreen!

Self-catering accommodation in Hermanus at Eastbury Cottage – contact us for great rates!

Author: Danica Kreusch

Edited by Jenny Bowes Meyer

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