Hermanus Whale Watching Trips

A trip to Hermanus on South Africa’s Whale Coast is well worth the drive for a variety of reasons. It is one of South Africa’s most picturesque coastal towns, there are world class wines to be sampled on the Hermanus Wine Route, and it is one of the world’s top locations for land and boat-based whale watching as well as superb whale watching flights.

Hermanus on beautiful Walker Bay in the Overberg is a great place to visit at any time of the year to enjoy the friendly seaside ambiance…

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Whale Watching in Hermanus
Whale Watching Trips in Hermanus

A trip to Hermanus on South Africa’s Whale Coast is well worth the drive for a variety of reasons. It is one of South Africa’s most picturesque coastal towns, there are world class wines to be sampled on the Hermanus Wine Route, and it is one of the world’s top locations for land and boat-based whale watching as well as superb whale watching flights.

Hermanus on beautiful Walker Bay in the Overberg is a great place to visit at any time of the year to enjoy the friendly seaside ambiance and fun activities including sea kayaking, horse riding, fatbike tours and zip lining. Come June when the whales start arriving from Antarctic waters, the atmosphere is especially festive with locals and holiday makers lapping up the merriment of the Hermanus FynArts Festival in June and the Hermanus Whale Festival in September/October.

Peak whale viewing season is June to mid-December when the southern right’s arrive to calve and nurse in August and September in relatively warm, sheltered waters. The number of whales is at its height around October when males arrive to mate. Humpback and Bryde’s whales can also be seen as well as dolphins, seals, penguins and marine birds.

There are plenty of excellent vantage points to observe whales from the shore, whether it be from the beach or from a cliff-top lookout. Look for a V-shaped spray from the southern right’s unique double blow-hole, the slap of an enormous tail or breaching behaviour where the whales propel themselves out of the water.

Boat-based whale watching trips will get you even closer to these amazing gentle giants! Browse Dirty Boots’ recommended boat-based whale watching operators in Hermanus and nearby Gansbaai. Permitted operators can approach whales to within 50m and more often than not the whales themselves choose to come closer to inspect YOU due to their natural curiosity. It is a special and exhilarating experience not to be missed!

Whale Watching in Hermanus Operators

Dyer Island Cruises - Overberg

Operating around the world famous Dyer Island, Gansbaai, enjoy an incredible experience viewing our Southern Right whales. Every year from June to December they arrive to mate and calve. Witness mating displays, breaching, tail slapping, spy-hopping, etc. You may also see Bryde’s and Humpback whales, the elusive Humpback dolphin, common dolphins, Great White sharks, an array of seabirds and a...

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris - Whale Watching - Overberg

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris launch from the charming fishing village of Gansbaai, only a 2 hour drive from Cape Town via Hermanus. Climb aboard our pride and joy, the ‘Ivanhoe’, and let us take you on a whale watching safari you will never forget! We specialise in boat based whale watching trips on beautiful Walker Bay offering a uniquely personalised, stylish and safe service to a maximum of 25 a...

Southern Right Charters - Whale Watching - Overberg

Join Southern Right Charters for close encounters with the ‘gentle giants’ of the ocean and other marine life. Southern Right Charters departs daily from the New Harbour in Hermanus, the capital of the Whale Coast. Our memorable whale watching trips are informative and educational. From June to December we mostly encounter Southern Right whales, seals, penguins and marine birds. We often a...