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Hermanus Whale Watchers

Boat-based whale watching encounters around Hermanus, near Cape Town in the Overberg.

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Whale Watchers in Hermanus offers you the chance to experience the rush of a close encounter with the planet’s largest mammals, a memorable experience that will open up a whole new world. Our permits allow us to get 50m from the whales and often when they see us, their inquisitive nature brings them closer.

The Whale Watchers’ boat has capacity for 36 passengers and is completely wheelchair friendly. The vessel is fully equipped and the twin hull provides superior stability ensuring your safety and comfort. Our Whale Watchers guides and crew are SAMA registered, highly experienced and multilingual.

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We booked a whale watching trip on the last week of November, unfortunately due to bad weather we go...  -  Pamela.

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We booked a whale watching trip on the last week of November, unfortunately due to bad weather we got moved a day but the change was well communicated and we could have cancelled. We drove down to Hermanus for the 11am trip. We were told that the 9am trip hadn't sighted any whales and were given the opportunity to get a refund but we are glad we didn't. We saw hundreds of dolphins, seals an eventually a whale & her calf. The crew were very informative After the trip we went into Hermanus town for lunch. Its a beautiful place and we will certainly come back again but earlier in the season

Pamela experienced the Whale Watching

Nigel Davies

Excellent trip seeing several whales and their calves. Great briefing and boat.

Nigel Davies experienced the Whale Watching

Patrick Smith

Excellent trip, team and guide who explained everything so well

Patrick Smith experienced the Whale Watching

Jeff Bennion

Whale watching was an incredible experience. We have whale watched in Alaska, Washington, San Diego and Maine. This was superior to them all. The boat is comfortable, the staff professional and knowledgeable. We hung close to a mother and child Southern Right Whale and then moved to another grouping at a greater distance. The wind was substantial but the captain kept the boat in excellent position. I got some great pictures, which rarely happens whale watching. We had a marvelous experience on a very blustery day.

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