On the western side of Walker Bay, Hermanus is considered one of the best land-based whale watching destinations in the world. And, yes you do get a great view from the cliff-top walk but it’s so exciting to see these enormous creatures from a boat it’s well worth doing a boat-based whale watching trip as well.
And, in summer when the whales aren’t around, you can do a sunset cruise, or a general sightseeing trip, and still see some interesting animals and loads of birds. If that sounds a bit lazy, you could join an escorted sea kayak trip and paddle around the bay to burn up some of the calories you are bound to have imbibed the night before in one of the town’s many excellent restaurants.
But, if you want to really get up close and personal with some sea life you need to get your head under water, so kit up and take the plunge. The diving off Hermanus is great – not quite as cold as Cape Town but with a similar faunal assemblage so there is lots to see.
And, even if you want to keep your hair dry, there’s a lot to do. You could go rock climbing, play paintball, go quad biking, or even play a game of golf, do some wine tasting or take in the wonderful cliff-top walk, or visit the museum at the Old Harbour.