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Boat Based Whale Watching from Hermanus

By Southern Right Charters
Recommended by 92% of travellers
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Ages 0-99, max of 9 per group
Duration:2h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English


  • Whale specialist guide on board
  • Support Crew to ensure passenger comfort
  • Complimentary Light refreshments
What's not included
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • USB Movie of tour (available to purchase)


Departure details
  • Southern Right Charters, The Whale Shack New Harbour, 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.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8737P1

  • 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)
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 9 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 8737P1

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

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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stuffmatters
London, UK854 contributions
Southern Right Charters run 3 tours per day at 9, 12 & 3 pm (weather permitting) on their comfortable large catamaran out of Hermanus Harbour. Tours are approx 2.5 hrs with approx 1 hr of this getting to/from the main southern right whale sighting spot so generally you will have a good 1.5 hrs to whale spot. The whole experience was very professionally managed and all staff helpful

The whales fully performed on our tour where we saw approximately 6 mother and calf pairs with some exciting action with the young breaching, and tail slapping, plus close interactions between mother and calf.

SRC take drone videos of all the whale interactions on your cruise which is then available to buy when you return to shore.

SRC is highly recommended as an excellent and professional whale watch experience.
Written October 17, 2022
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Richard G
Hartford, UK45 contributions
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 September 30, 2021
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Andrea Z
London, UK1 contribution
Jun. 2022
This was an absolutely breath-taking experience and a must do when in the area!

The guides were very knowledgeable, they told us a lot of information before the trip, and answered all obscure question whilst out on the water, too. We found whales very soon after leaving the harbour and encountered both Humpbacks and Southern Right whales.

The boat had plenty of space to sit and move around, so we all could see well, regardless of which side of the boat the whales appeared.

The company was responsive and helpful during the booking process when we encountered some problems with the online payment. They undoubtedly went the extra mile for us, and we cannot be grateful enough.
Written November 21, 2022
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Paul S
27 contributions
Fantastic trip. Well organised, very knowledgeable crew and every effort made to ensure everyone had the opportunity to see the whales whilst at the same time keeping a sensible distance from these incredible creatures. Saw a number of whales, including a mother and calf playing. Awesome experience with a great crew!
Written October 17, 2022
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Allisson E
Sydney, Australia68 contributions
This was a must do activity. The staff were all excellent and very helpful. They made the experience alot of fun and went out of their way to maximise the number of sightings we saw. They didn’t rush the experience which meant we saw many whales. They do have a drone that captures your experience which is sold for a very reasonable price at the end of the tour. I purchased this and think it is well worth it. I would highly recommend.
Written September 23, 2022
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Amie
London, UK7 contributions
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 November 8, 2021
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neinachen78
Hamburg, Germany1 contribution
Southern Right Charters reached out to us at 10am on a beautiful, sunny and windless day telling us that our excursion at 3pm was cancelled due to bad weather conditions with too much wind. We were already on our way to Hermanus and saw this at 1pm - the ocean was super calm, the weather was beautiful. Thankfully Hermanus Whale Cruises still had 6 spots available and we were able to spend a beautiful afternoon with absolutely perfect weather conditions watching whales.
While cancellation is obviously perfectly fine if the weather does not play along, we felt lied to by Southern Right leaving us sitting in Hermanus with a statement that didn’t hold true - weather was perfect - and without an alternative, we had to find out about other cruises going ourselves.
Written October 18, 2022
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wiffy0
Bedford, UK210 contributions
Aug. 2022
Well what can I say, we had an afternoon cruise to watch whales and we were lucky and saw three and they all entertained us. We saw breached and them swimming up close to the boat, it’s truly magical. Can’t recommend this enough.
Written October 17, 2022
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Quest420140
Cape Town Central, South Africa11 contributions
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 September 5, 2020
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Pam P
13 contributions
Oct. 2022
Wow!!! Best whale watching trip we have ever gone on. We actually went two different days. I think Sept 30th and Oct 2nd, 2022 The boat only had to go 15 minutes away to the bay where there were several mom & baby whales. The babies were learning how to breach and WOW what a show they put on for us. It was sooo exciting and we finally got some great pictures. Second trip they weren't breaching but 6 large whales swimming right next to boat. Again some amazing pictures!!!
Written October 22, 2022
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