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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 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 (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 Cindy and 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 Walkerbay 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 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

We did a 2pm cruise and almost gave up on the idea of seeing anything. But after an hour or so, the animals (whale, dolphins, seals) all decided to make an appearance. It was just beautiful! Our guide was very knowledgeable and clearly very passionate about these animals and their habitat. Such a great experience! - Lilac

We had a wonderful, long trip out on the boat. Unfortunately we got only the slightest glimpse of whales (very early in the season) but lots of dolphins, seals, penguins and even some sunfish made for a rewarding trip. The views back on to land are impressive. We booked independent of any tour operator and found everything to be smooth and well organised. Do turn up about 15 mins before your booking for the safety brief etc. - Adele and Teo

It was a great tour, saw several whales, had plenty of time and interesting explanations! thanks! - Silva Lieberherr

Fantastic Whale Watching boat cruise with the professionals! Thank you for the lovely time we had with you. We enjoyed our cruise a lot! We were still able to spot the whales although it was already the end of a season. Our guide was fantastic, he knew all about those beautiful animals and was sharing his knowledge with us and was telling very interesting stories during the trip. We're definitely coming back and we recommend this adventure to everyone! - Joanna Szajna

Excellent! Lovely informative people, taught us a lot about whales as well! - John Priestley

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