How to Spend 1 Day in Hermanus
From whale watching and cage diving with great white sharks to sipping wine in picturesque vineyards, Hermanus offers a coastal vacation packed with iconic marine life and some of South Africa’s best wine—all set in the scenic Western Cape. Here’s how to make the most of one day in this seaside paradise.
Morning: Whale Watching
Start your day with coffee and rusks (traditional South African biscuits) in one of the many cafes overlooking Walker Bay. Then, after a walk through downtown’s quaint streets, make your way along the path that lines the rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean. If you visit between June and December, you might spot southern right whales, humpback whales, and Bryde’s whales from your perch above the bay. Or, get a closer look on a whale-watching boat tour with a whale specialist who offers insights into the nature, habitat, and lives of the surrounding marine life.
Afternoon: Cage Diving with Sharks
If seeing great white sharks face-to-face is of interest, hop on a boat tour that takes off from nearby Kleinbaai or Gansbaai—both world-renowned shark cage diving destinations just across the bay from Hermanus. Then, if nature is in your favor, you can look a great white shark in the eye from the security of a cage off the coast of South Africa. Those wanting to experience the tamer side of South Africa can spend the afternoon immersed in wildflowers and fynbos on the hiking trails at nearby Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
Night: Wine and Dine
As evening sets in, it’s time to relax with a glass of the region’s renowned wine and a traditional South African meal. You can visit one of the many nearby wineries for a wine tasting paired with cheese, chocolate, or a gourmet dinner. Alternatively, if you are tired from your day of adventure, there are numerous sipping and dining options just steps from downtown accommodations. There, you can wrap up your day with local wines and fresh seafood while watching the sunset over Walker Bay.