Kayaking with the Whales (& sometimes Dolphin) of Hermanus, South Africa
These gentle giants of the deep grow to a massive 18 metres long and weight up to 80 tons, so they are really mind-blowingly huge. Add to that, that there are well over 100 whales (mothers nursing new born babies are commonly seen) in Walker Bay at any one time and you are in for the thrill of a lifetime.
The annual whale watching season is between June and late November, with the largest number ever being viewed of 196 whales on ONE DAY. That’s Whale rush hour to you and me.
To get your adrenaline pumping even further there is one adventure sport that brings you very close to them – Sea Kayaking (which are large versions of canoes).
Kayaking in the Hermanus bay is a gentle paddle for 2 hours to explore our coastline from the sea in stable Kayaks. Each Kayak can take 2 persons and is a lovely way to encounter Seals, Penguins, birdlife and hopefully pods of Whales (June to late Nov) and Dolphin, with the incredibly pretty back-drop of our mountains surrounding you.
Your Kayaking Tour Guide will give you a quick 5min briefing, while you strap on a life-jacket, grab a paddle and he will escort you out to sea, hugging the coastline.
Please wear flip-flops and clothes that you don’t mind getting slightly wet below your waistline and only bring small compact cameras that you can easily and quickly stow-away.
Minimum age is 10 years old, as you need body weight and upper body strength to propel yourself along.
Trips go out 3 times per day, with the early morning trips usually being the best weather conditions.
The magnificent mountainous landscape backdrop of Hermanus just adds extra beauty to this amazing experience. (Kayaking trips operate all year round and are obviously weather dependent.)
Percy Tours can arrange and book your 2 hour Kayaking trip for you, so please contact us with the date you wish to paddle and how many people are in your group.
Please view our prices page for current rates of all activities.
There are also many other incredible activities to see and do in and around Hermanus.
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