Whale Watching in Cape Town

There are two boat-based whale watching options within the city of Cape Town. You can explore Table Bay from the V&A Waterfront, or you can leave from Simons Town and explore False Bay. The land-based whale watching is also excellent - particularly in False Bay where you can often see whales from the windows of the Southern Suburbs commuter train.

About an hour’s drive from Cape Town is Hermanus, which also offers excellent whale watching and a further half an hour east of that is the…

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Whale Watching in Cape Town
Cape Town Whale Watching

There are two boat-based whale watching options within the city of Cape Town. You can explore Table Bay from the V&A Waterfront, or you can leave from Simons Town and explore False Bay. The land-based whale watching is also excellent - particularly in False Bay where you can often see whales from the windows of the Southern Suburbs commuter train.

About an hour’s drive from Cape Town is Hermanus, which also offers excellent whale watching and a further half an hour east of that is the little town of Gansbaai with equally good, arguably better, whale watching. Whale watching trips usually include sightings of seals, dolphins, penguins and other seabirds. The most commonly sighted whale in these waters is the southern right whale, which is in residence from about April to August. Others include humpback whales, Brydes whales and - not often - orcas. Minke whales, and even the odd blue whale, have been spotted far off Cape Point in deep water.

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Waterfront Adventures - Cape Town

Waterfront Adventures, located in the heart of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town specialises in water experiences in one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. Set sail and experience Cape Town from a new angle or join our sunset cruises and toast the setting sun with a glass of bubbly. A bay cruise with magnificent views of Table Mountain and the Mother City offers great photo and if you a...