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Boat Based Whale Watching from Hermanus provided by Southern Right Charters

Boat Based Whale Watching from Hermanus

Boat Based Whale Watching from Hermanus
4.5
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About
Experience an up, close and personal encounter with the ‘gentle giants’ of the ocean that promises to be an ‘experience to be treasured.’ From June to December you will mostly encounter the Southern Right whales, seals, penguins and marine birds, and often see dolphins, Bryde’s and Humpback whales on this informative and educational tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Boat Based Whale Watching The whale watching trip begins with an on-land briefing led by our whale specialist guide before heading down the jetty to our catamaran. We then set off from the Hermanus New Harbour in search of the ‘gentle giants.’ The purpose-built catamaran provides superior viewing and comfort and during the tour and the friendly, knowledgeable crew add that personal touch allowing for an all-round great experience. Our Whale Specialist guide will interpret the marine life encountered en route and provide insight into the behaviour of the whales while you are watching them in action. Our videographer will ensure that the best footage is captured.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Boat Based Whale Watching The whale watching trip begins with an on-land briefing led by our whale specialist guide before heading down the jetty to our catamaran. We then set off from the Hermanus New Harbour in search of the ‘gentle giants.’ The purpose-built catamaran provides superior viewing and comfort and during the tour and the friendly, knowledgeable crew add that personal touch allowing for an all-round great experience. Our Whale Specialist guide will interpret the marine life encountered en route and provide insight into the behaviour of the whales while you are watching them in action. Our videographer will ensure that the best footage is captured.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8737P1
Call +27 21 426 8204
Important information
Inclusions
  • Whale specialist guide on board
  • Support Crew to ensure passenger comfort
  • Complimentary Light refreshments
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • USB Movie of tour (available to purchase)
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Southern Right Charters, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa Enter the New Harbour (Corner of Westcliff & Stil Road), follow the signs for Southern Right Charters, down to the waters' edge.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All ages welcome, children U/12 must wear a life jacket at al times which will be provided
  • Please bring along:
  • Weather appropriate clothing and a windbreaker
  • Sensible footwear, sunscreen; cap if necessary
  • Sea sick tablets should be taken in advance as per packet instructions (if necessary)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Inclusions
  • Whale specialist guide on board
  • Support Crew to ensure passenger comfort
  • Complimentary Light refreshments
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • USB Movie of tour (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • Southern Right Charters, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa Enter the New Harbour (Corner of Westcliff & Stil Road), follow the signs for Southern Right Charters, down to the waters' edge.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • All ages welcome, children U/12 must wear a life jacket at al times which will be provided
  • Please bring along:
  • Weather appropriate clothing and a windbreaker
  • Sensible footwear, sunscreen; cap if necessary
  • Sea sick tablets should be taken in advance as per packet instructions (if necessary)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Popular mentions

4.5
124 reviews
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Amie
London, UK7 contributions
The best in Hermanus
A really well run operation. I booked based on previous good reviews but was still pleasantly surprised at the lovely booking office that greeted us on our arrival at Hermanus, especially in comparison to other whale watching companies on the harbour.
The briefing and pre voyage chat was really interesting and informative and set our expectations correctly. We visited towards the end of the whale watching season so understood that there were not many whales left in the area. That being said, the crew did well to track down a mother and her calf and get us close enough to see them without being too intrusive to the animals.
A great day out and I imagine even better at peak whale season. Thank you!
Written 8 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sally d
5 contributions
Amazeballs
Oct 2021 • Family
Incredible boat trip… seeing whales and their calves in their natural habitat is bucket list stuff for me! Very happy 😊
Written 30 October 2021
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PassingWonders Travel Guide
Germany81 contributions
Amazing 2 hours tour with many whales
Oct 2021
I have been on a whale watching tour in Namibia before, but this was not comparable at all. It was so much better. Not that I didn´t like the other tour, but the amount of whales we saw close upfront was not comparable. I have never got to see so many whales close up front, which was stunning and impressive. But also the dolphins we got to see, was a super cool experience! I also liked the details we received about the whales before and during the trip! Further, the warm welcome of the crew and the tour setup was great!
Written 23 October 2021
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Richard G
Hartford, UK45 contributions
We had a whale of a time
Sep 2021
This was a brilliant experience, several close and personal encounters with whales. Impossible to describe it here and do the viewing justice, but I will try. The trip was extremely well organised by the office staff and the short presentation by Brandon before we set off was informative and set the scene perfectly. We spotted the first of seven whales immediately and were then treated to some long and close encounters with a mother and calf and then we were able to observe a pair behaving very amorously! Hats off to the skipper for some nifty whale tracking and to Brandon for the commentary.
Special credit to the drone pilot who captured a lot of the adventure for us to watch back at home.
Last but not least, a shout out for the boat crew who cared for some of the whale watchers who did not manage to find their sea legs.
An unforgettable experience.
Written 30 September 2021
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PepePitMD
Quito, Ecuador770 contributions
Highly recommend!
Great team led by Brenden . On land staff very helpful and friendly. Informative preboarding Information. Great experience! Saw many whales close and far away!
Written 26 September 2021
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Stoemie
Pretoria, South Africa257 contributions
Magical whale trip
What an amazing experience. Beautiful morning out on the sea, many whale sightings, even a baby. We were lucky to witness a whale breaching. Apart from whale sightings, we had seal, penguins and a albatros. This was a bucket list trip
Written 22 September 2021
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Jörg B
Jegenstorf, Switzerland82 contributions
A provider who turns his passion for whales into a profession 🥰
The second part in Hermanus with @src_whalewatching 🥰 Thank you very much David for your great knowledge about wahle! Your fascination is definitely contagious and I will come to search for it a third time with you 😉😎🤗
Written 28 July 2021
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JP S
Mossel Bay, South Africa685 contributions
Beat all expectations
We went out with this company on advice from our land lord in Hermanus.
We did everything over the phone, very easy.
The boat they use is modern and the staff went out of there way to help. There is in and outdoor seating.
The trip lasted about 2 hours.
We saw whales and got very interesting info.
You can't go wrong with this crew
Written 18 September 2020
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Quest420140
Cape Town Central, South Africa11 contributions
A memorable and educational whale watching experience in the beautiful waters of Walker Bay
Sep 2020
Most important for travellers - despite Covid 19 the team at Southern Right Charters, took exceptional care to ensure the safety of their Crew and passengers / clients. Several sanitising stations / masking up / and limitations on the number of people on board. Well done - you do South Africa proud.

Excellent team from the Booking office to the crew onboard and the guide, Josh - very informative and passionate about service and what they do.

highly recommend.
Written 5 September 2020
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Sara J
29 contributions
Good communication & organisation from the company
Nov 2019
Unfortunately high winds cancelled our first trip, but the company were very good to help us as we weren't in the area for long to get us booked into an additional earl trip the next day that they put on for those whose trip was cancelled. Great information and some good whale watching
Written 17 August 2020
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Erna A
Erna A
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Southern right charters the best
High praise for Southern right charters and staff, they were professional and friendly. We went on a lovely catamar
amishachotoo
amishachotoo
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We spotted the whales
It was a beautiful experience. The guide was able to show us two types of whales, a dolphin and a seal. The time ou
Simone-Nicole S
Simone-Nicole S
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Amazing day out whale watching
What an amazing experience with Southern right charters . From start to finish they were so passionate and professi
Rob M
Rob M
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Amazing!
We took the first tour of the season and could tell the team at SRC were as excited as the guests. The whole experi
Jillian W
Jillian W
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Nice staff and good viewing of whales/dolphins but dangerous location - phone was stolen
Ultimately I would not return to Southern Right Whale Charters. My iPhone was pickpocketed by a group of local chil
Cowfoot1969
Cowfoot1969
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Very good guide and wellcoming staff in the harbour
We had a great afternoon trip and enjoyed the hospitality of the guide and staff at this company. We would choose t
Swilson053
Swilson053
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Close up contact with inquisitive whales
Superb trip where we saw many whales, and enjoyed seeing their exuberant behaviour and coming the boat to investiga
ikfos
ikfos
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Very nice experience
Very professional company, nice boat. They tell you where to spot the whales and other animals you may encounter, w
Norman G
Norman G
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An amazing experience.
Glad that we chose Southern Right for our whale watching experience. Everything was well organised and the boat com
Melod89
Melod89
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Disappointing
The whole experience was extremely underwhelming and very overpriced. Upon the boats return, there was silence fro
Richard_Fiona
Richard_Fiona
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Having tried a competitors trip the day previous .... book with these guys! Beautiful modern boat and a lovely team!
Great company - they sail straight out of Hermanus port and after a brief wildlife briefing and introduction on sho
Abhishek G
Abhishek G
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Great Experience !!
We saw Whales up and close and there was a time when our boat was surrounded by 3 Whales . Professional and extrem
AgileVoyager
AgileVoyager
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Great crew and an amazing experience
I have been here twice (November 2016 and October 2017) and the experience has been different however amazing. In N
Jackylafrite
Jackylafrite
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AMAZING
We got uber lucky and managed to see a whole orca family (around 15 of them). The trip was completed with a whole p
PeterdeLeeuw1969
PeterdeLeeuw1969
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Whale Watching Southern Right Charters Hermanus
We booked an excursion by Southern Right Charters for whale watching during our Holiday. The excursion started wit
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