Whale Watching Hermanus

Whale Watching Hermanus offer Boat Based Whale Wathcing Trips to see Southern Right Whales that visit our Coastline every year between June and December. They come to Hermanus every year to give birth and to Mate.  Please visit https://www.whalewatchinghermanus.co for more information.

On Arrival you will receive an on land briefing before boarding the boat. We then set off to search for these beautiful gentle giants, Souther Right Wales.
On board you will find a toilet, comfortable seating and different viewing options on the boat. During the trip the crew will go out of their way to ensure you have a great experience on the boat and don’t miss that perfect photo opportunity. Refreshments will be served during the trip. Our whales specialist guide will inform you of all the details you may be wanting to know about these wonderful gentle giants.

There are 2 trip options.

Option 1 – Whale Watching in Hermanus

The first option is doing a Whale watching trip in Hermanus which costs R850pp. Children under 14 years of age are R450 pc. Children under 3 are free.  The times of the Hermanus trips are 9am, 11am , 2pmand 4pm. There are 36 people on the Hermanus Boat trip.  You need to be at the harbor 30 min before the boat departs.

Option 2 – Whale Watching in Gansbaai

The other option is a Whale watching trip in Gansbaai which is 45 min further from Hermanus. The Price for the Gansbaai trip is R1200pp. Children under 12 are R600 pc. Children under 5 are free. There are 25 peope on the Gansbaai trip. The times for the Gansbaai trips are 7am – 9pm, 10am – 12pm, 1pm – 3pm and 5pm – 7pm. You need to be at the harbor 45min before the boat departs.

The reason for the 2 options is that the Gansbaai area has a history of better viewing and more whales in the Gansbaai area.

Both trip’s are about 2 hours long.

You can pay by cash or credit card for both trips.  You only pay for the trip on arrival to Gansbaai or Hermanus. This is because the trips are weather dependant, so we would not want you to take payment in advance in the event the trip gets canceled due to bad weather conditions.  All we need is your credit card details to secure the booking. Your C.C will NOT be debited.

The probability of seeing Southern Right Whales is very High but can never be guaranteed as we are dealing with wild animals in their Natural Habitat. Since Gansbaai have already started the whale season. There have been 4 – 6 whales spotted for every trip.

It’s about 120 km drive to Hermanus from Cape Town City Centre and about 163 km to Gansbaai from Cape Town City Centre.

For more information on each trip please visit our website www.whalewatchinghermanus.co

We will give you directions for you  and all the neccasary information for your trip once you confirm your booking.

If you are in Cape Town for a few days I would make the booking as early as possible to give yourself a few days if the trip is cancelled due to bad weather so you can reschedule for the following day when weather improves.

If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. Please pop us an email when you have made your choice so we can secure your booking for a Southern Right Whale Watching Trip.

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