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Whale Watching

Hermanus

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

Arrangements

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

Requirements

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

Inclusions

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

ExclusionsTransport

Notes

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

We did the whale-watch boat trip: the wheater was perfect, calm sea, sunny and no wind day; beautiful experience due to the correct dimension of the boat, not too much crowded and very confortable. The approach to the whale was done in respectful way and the guide gave us all the informations and was very friendly and nice. The observation of the whale was perfect: a beautiful trip! - Valter Gatti


Great experience with a very competent guide. The trip was done with respect for the whales. Impressive to see the mothers show their calves. - Marloes Meijer


We had a great time on our whale watching trip! The staff were all knowledgeable and friendly and made our experience amazing. - Kenneth Rausi and Michela Caruana


What a wow experience. The Whale Watcher gave us the most amazing experience, heading directly to whales that were mating. We had commentary on what was happening and why. an awesome experience, highly recommendable company. - Robyn White


The Hermanus whale watching tour was amazing. We were incredibly close to a group of Southern Rights as they were mating. Our guide Philip was informative and funny, with an obvious passion for the whales and the ocean. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone going to Hermanus. - Amy Burton




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