This trip gives you a chance to see Bryde’s whales, Common and Bottlenose dolphins, seal, penguins and a variety of seabirds. Summer whale watching is the "off peak" whale season, the Bryde’s whale is the only whale species likely to be seen.
The trip duration is 1h30 - 3hrs, dependent on marine life encountered. Average trip time is about 2 hours.
Departure time is 09h00, an additional tour at 13h00 might be scheduled based on weather and demand.
Guests must make sure to arrive 30 minutes prior for check-in and our on-land briefing
Your marine safari begins with an on-land briefing presented by our specialist guide before heading down the jetty to our catamaran. We then set off from the Hermanus New Harbour in search of Brydes Whales and other marine life.
During the tour our friendly, knowledgeable crew adds that personal touch to ensure an all-round great experience, from ensuring you don’t miss the perfect photo opportunities.. Our guide keeps you informed via our on board PA system ensuring your boat trip is informative and educational.
After the boat tour, you can peruse our local craft & souvenirs on offer or simply relax at our outdoor seating on the water’s edge.
Two acclaimed restaurants and a pubs are within easy walking distance of The Whale Shack.
Good to know
- Face masks to be worn, at all times, by guests & crew.
- Short questionnaire & screening on arrival
- Full Covid-19 Protocol to be shared with guest prior to trip .* Daily departures
- Average trip time is 2 hours
- Trip times 09h00 (additional tour at 13h00 based on weather and demand)
- Arrive 30 minutes before departure
- Weather dependent activity
- This activity is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility
- All ages are welcome (we have kids rates)
- No prams are allowed on-board the boat
- Support Passenger Crew
- Specialist commentator
- Still Water
- Return Transfers from Cape Town & Hermanus
- Entrance fee into the harbour (R5)
- Sea sick tablets (if necessary)
- Camera (drones not permitted)
- Face Mask (in accordance with authorities)
- Weather appropriate clothing and a windbreaker
- Beanie & Scarf (weather dependant)
- Sensible footwear (flat shoes are recommended)
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We were very happy with their service from the very beginning.
Clear website and easy to make reservation. Nice staff, both on the shore and on the ship. The ship itself is a catamaran, and therefore is very stable on a wave. Quite comfortable and easy to walk around the ship to find a best place for the whale observation. The guide was amusing and easy to listen, as well as very knowledgeable about the marine life.
It was a fantastic experience! Very recommended for everybody visiting Hermanus.
These people are amazing. Very professional and very passionate about the whales and the ocean and surroundings of hermanus. We had a blessed morning sighting about 10 to 12 whales and a school of dolphins. The movie is a must to buy as its shot with a drone and you can see it from a different angle and also show your family and friends. I have a fantastic time. Our guide was so humorous and made the trip all that much fun. The ladies in charge of the bookkngs are such darlings. Thank you all for an amazing morning and an unforgettable experience🙏🙏🙏🐳🐋🐋🐋🐋🐳🐳🐋🐋🤗🤗🤗😍🇿🇦🇿🇦🇿🇦
Amazing experience.. Definitely recommend.
We did the whale watching tour and got to see lots of whales up close.
My only recommendation would be to have an age restriction for the children as we had 2 really young children on board who were continuously distracting us and kept crying. But that was obviously no fault of the charter company. Thanks for the great trip!
Wonderful caring and attentive staff. Guides really love what they do. Were as excited as us to see whales. Got sea sick but highly recommend
First time as regulars to Hermanus that we have taken the boat to watch the Whales..
Well we weren't disappointed..it was superb..
From booking to reception to professional staff and the way they coped with the Covid Protocol was amazing..stress free ..
It was certainly the highlight of our trip to Hermanus..
Lovely to see such well behaved children on board too..
I would recommend this company and give them full marks for everything..and Josh really made the day with his passion and insight of the gentle giants ..
We had the most amazing experience, seeing 6 whales (2 different species) with 2 close-up encounters. We also saw seals playing around, my first penguin actually swimming in the sea, and an albatross sweeping across the ocean surface. Our host was very informative, giving lots of additional information about the species that we saw.
Undoubtedly the best whale watching experience I have ever had. The guides are very knowledgeable and they have found whales both times we went out. The boat is clean and the refreshments are free. No better way to encounter the southern right whale than with Southern Right Charters in Hermanus.
We went as a family of 4. 2 adults and 2 teenagers (13&15).
The tour is very well managed and the skipper was nice & knowledgeable but easy going. The boat is good and safe.
We got lucky and saw plenty.
First of all, take something to deal with the nausea, don’t just deny it. Besides that the guide was amazing and all the stuff were really kind and helpful. We saw a lot of different whales in groups. We saw different species and a mating group of 8 whales. It was definitely something I wouldn’t want to miss. If you’re in the area you must take this tour. There’s also toilets on the boat and on the deck and you can get water or some light drinks and muffins before the tour starts. In reference to the video of the tour, I think it’s really awesome angels to see the whales and the boat with the people with the drone, it really takes beautiful videos of all the experience, but it’s still a little pricey to get it on hard drive after the tour, It costs 360R.
Great experience! All workers are extremely kind and knowledgeable. Saw two kinds of whales and a lot of seals. Highly recommended!
Light Cancellation Policy
The guest can cancel free of charge until 24 hours before arrival. The guest will be charged the total price if they cancel in the 24 hours before arrival.
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