Boat-Based Whale Watching


Each year, between June and late October, hundreds of Southern Right Whales migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters along South Africa’s coast to calve and nurse their young. Hermanus is known to be one of the best sites for whale watching, and besides being able to view the whales from the shoreline and from spots all throughout town; visitors can also choose to join a boat trip for a closer experience.

There are a few different boat tours available which take visitors to within 30 – 50 metres of the whales. From there the boat must stop and the whales can choose whether or not to approach. Often it is almost as if the whales are aware of their audience and take the opportunity to show off. A trip is usually about 2-hours, and there are set departures throughout the day depending on the season. Booking is highly advisable. For more information and to make a booking, visit one of the companies below.

Dyer Island Cruises -

Hermanus Whale Cruises -

Southern Right charters -

The Whale Watchers -

Map of Boat-Based Whale Watching

Accommodation nearby Boat-Based Whale Watching