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Whale Watching Boat Trips


Activity Description

The Whale Watchers in Hermanus, South Africa is a boat- based whale watching company offering an exciting up-close and personal encounter with Southern Right Whales in their natural environment. Whale watching season starts in June and ends November.

An exhilarating two hour voyage to discover Walker bay’s wonderful wildlife, stunning coastline and famous whales.
Our vessel, Unathi is WHEELCHAIR accessible and CHILD FRIENDLY.

THE VESSEL – Unathi is a 36 seater , 15 meter catamaran with two 380HP inboard diesel engines.
THE CREW: You will be accompanied by our SAMSA registered skipper and two SATOUR registered guides


Duration2 hours
WhenFrom June to November
WhereNew Harbour (Westcliff Road, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa) As you enter the gate at the New Harbour, we are the orange building on your right hand side. Arrival time is 30 minutes prior to departure.
WeatherWeather dependent
What to WearWarm clothes, windbreaker
Things to BringCamera, food, drink, sunblock, sunglasses, anti nausea medication (should seasickness be a concern - we recommend that the medication is taken the night before and two hours prior to the trip).
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guest allowed on boat. ****NOTE:All adults and children must be added to the top adult and children block before choosing the add-on discount ARRIVAL TIME IS 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE


Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions


1.5 – 2 Hour Guided Whale Watching trip
Life Jackets
Coffee on arrival and return
Complimentary water.
Clean In-house toilets



For more information you are more than welcome to contact us:
Tel: +27 28 312 4957
Cell/WhatsApp: +27 82 931 8064


Duration: Usually 2 hours, sometimes longer, depending on the whales
Departure times: 7h00, 9h00, 11h00, 14h00 and 16h00
Trip times might vary due to weather and tide conditions.

Guiding: You will be accompanied by one of our SATOUR qualified guides for the duration of the trip.
Our guides have first-hand knowledge about the marine wildlife of this area.

The tour starts at our orange office on your right hand side as you enter the New Harbour. You will be welcomed by Kylin who will set the scene for a memorable trip. Our clean, comfortable bathroom facilities are available for your convenience. You will love the beautiful view over Walker bay during the 2 minute walk down to the vessel. Once on board one of our guides will give an orientation briefing about the trip, safety and facilities on board as well as the marine wildlife we can expect to encounter.

The Whale Experience:

An exhilarating two hour voyage to discover Walker bay’s wonderful wildlife, stunning coastline and famous whales. Depending on conditions and recent sightings, you could find yourself exploring the coast towards De Plaat or the sandy beaches of Hawston, in search of the stars of the whale watching trip – Southern Right Whales. On the way to our whale watching area we regularly encounter two different whale species inhabiting these waters, Humpback and Bryde’s whales. Each trip is different, which makes the experience even more exciting! ! When we set out from the harbour we never know exactly what kind of whales wait for us out at sea on that particular day.

Return to Land:

You can enjoy the boat ride and magnificent landscapes while summing up the experiences of the trip with our friendly guides.
Because we are dealing with wild animals, it might happen, especially in the beginning of season, that there were no sightings. In a case of no sightings we offer you the option to join us on another trip free of charge.


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Whale Watching with Hermanus Whale Watchers

Customer Reviews

Nice and friendly team. Unfortunately, we did not see any whale, it was late in the season. But this is wildlife... - Cyprien Conier

We were deeply disappointed by the fact that "Hermanus Whale Watchers" do their tour on November 28, 2022 although they know (and we learnt later) that the last Southern Right Whales of this season left the bay three days ago. So they rushed with our group to the other side of the bay, where they pointed us out some caves from far and rushed back as quickly as we came in order to be back in time for the next group. No whales, no dolphins and not even slowing down for the few seals we spotted on the way. Of course you cannot predict nature. But the guide of Hermanus Whale Watchers mentioned himself in the introduction that when the whales left for the Antarctica they wouldn't come back until next season. Still letting pay dozens of guests for a tour that definitely cannot be successful is kind of a rip off, isn't it? - Manuel Zimmermann

Great trip, late in the season but we still saw a mum and baby Right whale + special treat of dolphins too. - MR ALEXANDER T HAMMOND

What a great experience. Late in the season trying to find some whales, and after two hours of searching when we already went back to the harbour they spotted one, turned the boat around back towards the open water to watch this beautiful whale. - E Markerink

Great experience and a very friendly team who is always there trying to give you the best time - had a couple of great sightings - Claudia Erben

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