Whales & Whale Watching Boat Trips (Photos) in Hermanus, South Africa
This is our PHOTO GALLERY of the VERY BEST Whale watching boat & walking tour photos that we have taken since we started our Tour Operator/Vacations business here in 2003 - Enjoy :-))
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Whale watching boat trips -
You have 4 major ways to watch Whales in Hermanus –
Whale Watching in Hermanus, South Africa – (Google Map at the bottom of the page)
1) Boat Trips – Season re-starts 5th JUNE, 2019
There are only 5 boat licenses allowed so as to minimize disturbance to the whales. 3 operate from Hermanus new harbour, 1 from Gansbaai harbour and 1 from Kleinbaai harbour. These last 2 are about 45 minutes drive around the bay from Hermanus. One trip we did last season was incredible as a whale actually rubbed its back on the bottom of the boat. Mind-blowingly excellent.
Morning trips are usually better due to less wind, which in theory means lower waves and more stability.
Prices vary - so please check our PRICES Page for up to date info.
2) Whale Watching Walking Tours, Hermanus, South Africa – JUNE 2019
Another option is to do a Whale Watching Walking Tour that takes you on a gentle walk along our paved cliff-paths in Hermanus, hugging the rugged cliff tops for 2 to 3 hours, with our experienced Whale Watching Tour Guide who will take you to all the hidden coves and inlets that the Whales love to frolic in and due to the cliffs being vertical, means that the Whales are literally only afew metres away from you. A visit to our Hermanus Whale Museum will start the tour. Tours are conducted at any time of the day that suits you and are R600 per adult / Kids under 14yrs are at half price R300 (including entrance fee to the Whale Museum), plus are conducted in any weather, so if your Boat Trip is cancelled due to bad weather, then this tour will (nearly) always be available.
3) Kayaking with the Whales, Hermanus, South Africa –
You might also wish to consider Kayaking in the bay at Hermanus, which is a gentle paddle for 2 hours to explore our coastline from the sea in our 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 Dec) 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 10yrs old, as you need body weight and upper body strength to propel yourself along. Trips go out 3 times per day – 09.00am / 11.30am and 14.00pm, with the early morning trips usually being the best weather conditions. Price per person is R450. Kayaking is available all year long, weather permitting.
4) Cessna Plane and Helicopter Flights over the Whales, Hermanus, South Africa
For an incredible birds-eye view of the Whales (June to Dec) and the pretty Hermanus scenery, then how about a flight over all of this fabulous natural splendor? Cessna Plane Flights allow 3 persons to fly at once and offer you different packages – 30mins is a total of R4200 / 45mins is a total of R5950 / 60mins is a total of R7840. The longer the flight the more you will see and be able to circle above the pods of Whales (June to Dec) for excellent photo opportunities. Helicopters are also available. Flights are available all year long.
The best thing to do is book your Whale Watching Trip to occur on the first day you are in Hermanus / Cape Town and if the weather is not so good on that first day, then we just move your trip to the next good weather day.
We keep a very close eye on the weekly Weather forecast
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