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Boat Based Whale Watching from Hermanus

Hermanus, South Africa
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Maximize your chances of seeing whales with this boat tour from Hermanus. Learn about the magnificent mammals from a whale specialist as you head out onto the water. Depending on the time of year keep an eye out for humpback, Bryde's, and southern right whales, as well as dolphins and seals.
  • Maximize your chances of seeing whales on a tour from Hermanus
  • Learn about these 'gentle giants' directly from a whale specialist
  • Spot Humpback, Southern Right whales and even dolphins and seals—depending on the season
  • Complimentary light refreshments included: No need to bring your own

What's Included

  • Whale specialist guide on board
  • Support Crew to ensure passenger comfort
  • Complimentary Light refreshments
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • USB Movie of tour (available to purchase)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Southern Right Charters
    The Whale Shack New Harbour, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa

    Enter the New Harbour (Corner of Westcliff & Stil Road), follow the signs for Southern Right Charters, down to the waters' edge.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All ages welcome, children U/12 must wear a life jacket at al times which will be provided
  • Please bring along:
  • Weather appropriate clothing and a windbreaker
  • Sensible footwear, sunscreen; cap if necessary
  • Sea sick tablets should be taken in advance as per packet instructions (if necessary)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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181 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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Great experience
Lindsay_B, Oct 2022
Great experience… only saw one mum & baby whale … would have loved to look for more in the 2 hrs but still great
I absolutely recommend it!
barbara_c, Oct 2022
We had a lovely day on the water with a great crew. They were very enthusiastic and accommodating and we saw a lot of whales, dolphins, and seals. I absolutely recommend it!
So good that we took another trip with them again the following day
Shabala_M, Oct 2022
Unforgettable! They are the best. We already had read so many good reviews about them that we booked two trips with them on successive days. The first trip was at 9 am and was very rewarding in terms of whale sightings. The second trip was also scheduled for 9 am the following day but was rescheduled to 6 am tour as all whale watching tours in Hermanus was cancelled for all slots starting from 9 am onwards because of strong winds forecast The sunrise whale watching was divine and the Bay was so calm and no wind at all. It was lovely to watch the whales and their calves as the sun rose. The refreshments was very generous and complimentary. Our skipper and guide Jock and Isabella and the crew very fantastic
Excellent trip
Shabala_M, Oct 2022
The best whale watching trip ever. They are very professional and are very informative. The whale watching tour was so rewarding with such fantastic sightings. We were so lucky to spot mothers and playful calves, one of them being a rare Brindle calf. The refreshments are very generous, with detox water, hot hot refreshing tea, coffee, apples, cookies, a variety of cup cakes, all complimentary. Even on board the boat, we were served complimentary cokes, ginger ales. A special thanks to our guide/ skipper Jock and a special thanks to Isabella who was very helpful .
Loved it
michelacatania, Sep 2022
Got to see the southern right whales up close and enjoying their natural habitat. Everyone was able to see and staff are very helpful
Whale Watching in Hermanus
Yasmina_N, Jun 2022
I have been to Hermanus before, but not during whale watching season. I came back to Hermanus just for that. The trip did not disappoint. We got an overview and lots of details before the trip. We saw a lot of whales. There was a drone. I got an amazing video. Best time ever.
It is not whale season anymore.
Adrianus_v, Nov 2021
We had a very experienced guide who knew what he was talking about. He also told that the whales were early this season and that in August and September there were about 80-90 whales in the bay. Now there were about 8 whales. So you should not sell the trip as it being the whale season. We know it is nature and it is very good thing that nature does itself but tell people that the season is over. It is possible to see whales but chances are limited. Now there were 40+ people on a boat hoping to see whales or a whale thinking that is was partly whale season and it isn’t.
Spectacular trip!
Nyamaa_T, Aug 2021
My family very happy and satisfied with whale watching trip on cruse. Crew was very experienced, safe and knew where to bring to watch whales. I am giving 5 star for my review and recommend others! Thank you!
Rapid refund following trip cancellation
Go592819, Oct 2019
Unfortunately our Hermanus Whale watching was cancelled due to poor weather. However I was very impressed with the operator, Southern Right Charters, who informed us at 08h00 of the cancellation and I was contacted within a couple of hours by Viator to offer me a re-schedule or a refund. I opted for the refund and the money was back in my account within a few days. I have given this trip a five-start review but this is clearly for the service, not the actual trip. Thanks to all concerned.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent tour with unforgettable whales
Jason_C, Oct 2019
Friendly and knowledgeable staff. Excellent tour with lots of whales and seals to see. Would recommend this tour to anyone staying in Hermanus.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Humblesum exoerience
Trail62668555803, Nov 2018
Informative pre meeting, very good guide informed us during the whole tour. Good service. Even the captain took the time to chat
Fantastic Experience
LeeAnn_K, Jul 2018
Our family had an amazing day of whale watching. Great crew and very informative tour. Sighted many Southern Right Whales up close to the boat. Also saw dolphins. Highly recommend this trip to anyone.
Sea pretty choppy but crew were...
Karen S, Nov 2015
Sea pretty choppy but crew were excellent , telling people where best to sit. Found a great spot - mother and calf swimming close to the boat - did not expect to see the whales as close as this.
Umweltschutz. Behusames...
HuiWen_F, Nov 2022
Umweltschutz. Behusames Umgang mit alle Pflanzen,Tiere und Natur. Wir haben sehr viele Info bekommen über die Wahle.
Experiencia inolvidable respetando a los cetáceos
Edu_P, Aug 2022
Experiencia inolvidable viendo cetáceos, una previa donde te explican que ballenas se podrán ver por la zona. No es necesario imprimir el bono o la documentación, di mi nombre y estaba apuntado en la lista de reservas.
réservez sans hésiter!
JULIEN_H, Oct 2021
Nous ne regrettons pas une seule seconde d'avoir réservé cette sortie en mer. En raison de la météo notre sortie a dû être annulée mais nous avons été reprogrammés le lendemain. Le personnel est vraiment agréable. Voir les baleines depuis la côte est bien mais les voir depuis la mer est un moment incroyable. Nous avons été extrêmement proches. Nous avions peur que ce soit un peu l'usine et que lorsqu'une baleine sortait ils fonceraient avec les moteurs à fond mais au contraire une fois atteint la zone où les baleines évoluent ils font très attention à ne pas trop les déranger. vraiment une super expérience que je recommande.
Attention à la mer très agitée
Lea_G, Jul 2019
Je n’ai pas pu voir de baleine car j’ai été terrassée par le plus violent mal de mer de toute ma vie la mer était très agitée et le bateau pas très stable ( même si à aucun moment nous n’avons été en danger) cependant pour le confort des passagers un bateau plus large serai certainement plus adapté vu les vagues qu’il y a dans cette région, je n’ai pas arrêté de vomir du début à la fin je conseille au autre voyageur qui pourraient y être sujet de prendre des comprimé avant d’y Aller et d’attendre Un jour où la mer est particulièrement calme
Das war toll. Abholservice hat...
Stefan_K, Jan 2018
Das war toll. Abholservice hat bestens geklappt. Die Crew auf dem Boot war super nett. Und Wale gab es natürlich auch zu sehen. Direkt am Boot, als würden Sie uns beobachten.
Schöne Bootstour man kommt den Walen...
Petra V, Oct 2015
Schöne Bootstour man kommt den Walen schon ziemlich nah :- Wer nicht ganz Seefest ist unbedingt vorher Reisetabletten einnehmen.


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