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Whale Watching Boat Trips


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 November.

An exhilarating two hour voyage to discover Walker bay’s wonderful wildlife, stunning coastline and famous whales.
Our vessel, Unathi is WHEELCHAIR accessible and CHILD FRIENDLY.

THE VESSEL – 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


Duration2 hours
WhenFrom June to November
WhereNew Harbour (Westcliff Road, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa) As you enter the gate at the New Harbour, we are the orange building on your right hand side. Arrival time is 30 minutes prior to departure.
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. ****NOTE:All adults and children must be added to the top adult and children block before choosing the add-on discount ARRIVAL TIME IS 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO DEPARTURE


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


1.5 – 2 Hour Guided Whale Watching trip
Life Jackets
Coffee on arrival and return
Complimentary water.
Clean In-house toilets



For more information you are more than welcome to contact us:
Tel: +27 28 312 4957
Cell/WhatsApp: +27 82 931 8064


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 Kylin 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 Walker bay during the 2 minute walk down to the vessel. 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 Walker bay’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.

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

Amazing trip and experience with extremely knowledgeable guides. They put us right in the middle of the whales where they were all around us the entire time, which was about an hour. Great views from both the top and bottom and both sides of the boat and the guides have you rotate your locations on the boat so everyone has opportunities for great pictures. We also spent 15 minutes in a large pod of dolphins. The guides are knowledgeable, personable and helpful and explained much of the lifecycle and biology of the whales and dolphins. Boat ride from the harbor was maybe 40 minutes and that's more dependent on the Captain locating the whales. We completed a similar whale watching tour in Maui which was nowhere near as informative as this one in Hermanus. Great time and highly recommended. - John

What a great time! Guides were friendly, helpful, great time! - Jared

Amazing experience. The team were great and lovely - really informative and took extra steps to ensure we were safe on the boat. I would 100% recommend! - Jasmine

Everyone of the 3 family members were very impressed with the service and experience of the Hermanus Whate Watcher's boat trip. They had a wonderful informative experience! Thank you very much. Also than you for the fast reaction ond the double payment that was paid very fast. Best Regards, Marie Lessmann - Marie

Really fantastic experience. Great guides. Lot of information. And the best whale watching experience ever. Travelled with two small kids and it was safe and everyone was very kind. - Julia

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