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Whale Watching Hermanus

  • Frequently asked questions about Southern Right Whales and Whale Watching in Hermanus.


    • Adult: R900
    • Students and Seniors: R 750
    • Child R 450 (3-14yrs inclusive).
    • Children under 3yrs - Free
    • Private Charters R 30600

    Trip costs are valid for the whale watching the season from June  – December 

    Please note:

    • No refunds will be given in the event of your failure to notify us of your cancellation 24 hours before the check-in time and 72 hours for Private Charters.


    Trip departure times in season are: 9H00am, 11H00am, 14H00pm and 16H00pm, an extra tour is scheduled at 16.00pm from September to November. Please note that a check-in time is a half hour before departure.  From June – November Hermanus Whale Watchers operates trips every day (weather permitting) excluding Christmas Day. Trip check-in occurs at the crew house in the Hermanus New Harbour (Hermanus Whale Watchers Office)


    We accept cash, VISA and MASTERCARD credit cards!

    • By e-mailing The Whale Watchers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • By telephone +27 (0)28 312 4957 or 082 931 8064
    • It is advisable to call our +27 (0)28 312 4957 number for a weather update if travelling to Hermanus on the day of your trip.

    We advise you to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


    • Free Internet access – WIFI
    • Indoor and outdoor seating
    • Convenient bathrooms
    • A variety of merchandise, Jackets, t-shirts and memorabilia on sale.


    Every whale watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Southern Right Whales are the stars of the show from June – November during the annual whale watching season.  A typical whale watching trip may encounter Cape Fur Seals, pods of Common & Bottlenose Dolphins and the endangered African penguins. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales and resident Bryde’s Whales.  Cape Coastal waters also attract the largest concentration and variety of seabirds.


    Our staff constantly monitors the weather and responds professionally to any changes. This may mean a tour is cancelled or safety restrictions placed on children or passengers with medical problems. Passengers travelling to join us on the day of their trip are strongly advised to telephone us for a sea condition update.


    When a tour is cancelled, you can change the booking to the next available tour.


    The actual time on the water is up to 2 hours including check-in time and safety briefing. Allow 90 minute transport time from Cape Town.


    • Weather appropriate clothing, remember it's always a little colder at sea than it is on land
    • Sensible shoes (No high heel shoes)
    • Hot Days: Sun block, sunglasses & cap or hat
    • Cold Days: Windbreaker jacket, gloves and ‘beanie’
    • Camera and or Video Camera


    If you are susceptible to motion-sickness you should take the necessary precaution prior to arrival according to the prescribed medication.  Hermanus Whale Watchers also sells natural active motion-sickness tablets but we are not permitted to sell medicated options which can be purchased at the local pharmacy located in the town centre. All our whale watching tours are graded with a seasickness warning announced at the safety briefing prior to trip departure.


    We serve complimentary cold drinks, water and crisps. There are two restaurants and a pub located in the Hermanus New Harbour, within walking distance from the parking area. No alcohol is permitted on a whale watching trips as per permit regulations.

  • Hermanus whale watchers offer boat-based whale watching trips in Hermanus, about an hour from Cape Town.

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