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Whale Watching


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 December.

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

THE BOAT – 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 (Stilstreet, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa)
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


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


2 Hour Guided Whale Watching Cruise
We serve complimentary cold drinks, water and crisps



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 Nina and Madelein 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 Walkerbay during the 2 minute walk down to the boat. 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 Walkerbay’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. While you enjoy your whale watching we will serve you crisps and cold drinks.

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.

Customer Reviews

Muy organizados. Salimos en tiempo. El paseo fue precioso. Vimos algunas ballenas. Algunas las vimos bastante cerca! El guía excelente. Sabía mucho de la fauna marina y era un apasionado de las ballenas. Contagiada entusiasmo. Muy recomendable. El barco no era muy grande, y llevaba menos de 20 personas... por lo que era fácil ver las ballenas.. y podía acercarse bastante. - Graciela Seoane Lopez

What a great trip. Such an informative guide who totally conveyed his passion for whales. Amazing to see the whales close up, - Suzanne Marshall

An absolutely fantastic experience and one not to be missed. - Matthew Beeby

Great! Everything was ok. We had a nice and funny introduction. Later on after travelling apporx. 15 min with the boat we saw many wales very nearby. In parallel we had a lot of explanations and learnd a lot about these fascinating animals. In sum everything was perfect and can be recommended. When ever we travel again during the wale season to Hermanus we will repeat it. - Dieter Rieger

We had a great time! I thought it was fun that we were first gathered to get some more info about whales, SA, the plastic pollution of the ocean,... Everyone of the crew was very nice and well informed. The boat was very child and baby friendly! - Thaïs Rombaut

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