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Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town

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Cape Town, South Africa
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Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Visit pretty Hermanus for a rare chance to go whale watching from the shore. Southern Right Whales breed in the waters off of Hermanus, not far from Cape Town, every year from July through November. The town is uniquely positioned to offer some of the best land-based whale watching viewing locations in the world, and you can also choose to go out on a boat for more adventure (own expense). Afterward, stop at a local winery for a tasting.
  • Whale watching day trip from Cape Town
  • See Southern Right Whales from land
  • Explore the coastal town of Hermanus
  • Take the spectacular coastal road back to Cape Town
  • Stop for an informal wine tasting
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Hotel pickup and drop off
Professional tour guide
1 x Wine tasting
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Boat based whale experience (subject to availability)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town , 1 Lower Buitengracht, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa

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Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
11/1/2020 - 10/31/2021
Wednesday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Friday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
11/1/2021 - 10/31/2022
Wednesday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Friday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
Sunday:07:30 AM - 08:30 AM

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

This activity will end right where it started.Should your Hotel not be listed, please contact us so we can confirm if we would be able to pick up and drop off from your hotel. Should guests meet at the starting point, guests are to contact us 24 hours prior to departure in order ffor us to provide collection time.
Coastal Hermanus is famous for its whale watching. There are several points in town where you can get great views of whales from the shore.

Southern Right Whales spend the months of July-November in the water off the coast of Hermanus to breed, giving visitors plenty of chances to see whales up close. Seals and dolphins are also abundant in the area.

Enjoy free time to explore Hermanus, browsing in local art galleries and independent shops or grabbing a bite of lunch (own expense). You can also opt for a more in-depth sea-going adventure by booking a boat ride for another whale-watching angle (own expense).

After leaving Hermanus, stop at a nearby winery for a wine tasting session before climbing back into the vehicle for the return trip to Cape Town. Travel along the dramatic coastal road past False Bay, and, time permitting, stop at Stoney Point to see some of the resident African penguins. Keep an eye on the water as you drive—you never know when you’ll see yet another whale.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Bouchard Finlayson Winery
2020 Season - Enjoy a wine tasting at Bouchard Finlayson, a boutique winery in Hermanus dedicated to the making of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc wines.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Seasonal: the tour runs from July - November only
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Tour Departs Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only
  • Wine Estate is closed on Sundays. A stop at Stoney Point penguin colony will be included instead on Sundays.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Cullinan Guided Journeys strictly follow the SA Government approved TBCSA Health and Safety COVID-19 Protocols. Should guests present COVID-19 symptoms, COVID testing and quarantine will be at their own cost. We recommend that you ensure that your guests take adequate personal travel insurance cover before departure from home.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cullinan Guided Journeys
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watching Day Trip from Cape Town?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Dana_F
, Oct 2019
We had a driver rather than a guide. He did the minimal effort to explain and even mentioned “I appreciate you talking among yourselves”
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Hi there, Thank you for taking the time and provide us with your feedback. We are very disappointed to learn of your experience with the guide. We are investigating the matter and will take the required remedial action. We apologize for the less than satisfactory experience.
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star-5
Awesome day out with the whales!
852jacquelyns
, Nov 2018
A full day tour that brought us to many scenic places along the coast, with a 2hour boat ride out to catch the whales basking in the sun, followed by a yummy lunch in a quaint village. A perfect day!
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I booked the Full day whale watching...
James L
, Oct 2016
I booked the Full day whale watching in Hermanus trip from Cape Town. Not up to the usual Viator standards, by far. The tour as advertised in the UK is not what we got. We were not taken to the cliff top walk we were given restricted time in the town, which had to include lunch we did visit / tour an industrial estate we were taken to a hill top overlooking the town, but miles from the coastal pass. To see the whales, we had to take the boat trip, which was expensive, and many Japanese tourists found it much too rough. There was no time to visit the penguins, or the Nature Reserve, or the botanical Gardens but time was made to visit a winery. Conclusions - The whales were an exciting experience, but I would not recommend this particular trip to anyone.
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The trip was very beautiful, passing...
Priyank K
, Aug 2016
The trip was very beautiful, passing through amazing landscapes. The guide Rodney was knowledgeable, though not a very good listener. Nevertheless, he made sure we got the best spots for each activity. We saw Whales and Penguins. Wine tasting was also done, though in short.
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It was disappointing. We didnt feel...
monica.corzo
, Oct 2015
It was disappointing. We didnt feel the guide wanted to make a nice trip like I felt with other guides in South Africa. We spent only 10min in Hermanus, they guide wanted to do only a drive through!! and the town was nice enough to have been there more time. The boat was too expensive for its real duration and we were not informed about it, we felt the guide was more interested on her commission instead of informing properly the boat was 700ZAR, around 50, it was almost 2 hours but more than 1h was spent going to the whales, and after the boat we lost 1h in the harbor that could have been spent in Hermanus. Also, we didnt do the wine tasting, she said it was closed! We were given a bottle of wine, we didnt want a free bottle of wine, we wanted the experience of knowing more about South African wines! Hermanus is a nice place, the tour was not a nice experience.
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A fantastic trip, a great...
Christine P
, Nov 2014
A fantastic trip, a great driver/guide who was informative and amusing. Wonderful scenery, I managed to go out on a boat and had super views of the whales. Probably one of the best day trips I've done.
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Tour was over all great, only...
Hannah H
, Nov 2014
Tour was over all great, only irritant was that the boat was mega crowded and it made it hard to get a good viewing spot.
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Great day out and great guide. We...
Mark H
, Nov 2014
Great day out and great guide. We skipped the whale boat trip but the view from the cliffs was amazing and the guide kindly lent us his binoculars.
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we had perfect weather and the guide...
annllewwil
, Oct 2014
we had perfect weather and the guide found several places to veiw whales, with a calf learning to flip its tail too.beautiful place to visit and stay,.
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Tour along the southernmost coast of...
C S
, Sep 2014
Tour along the southernmost coast of (south) Africa. Watching pinguins and whales and lovely little towns.
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