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Hermanus Whale Cruises

#5 of 11 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Hermanus Features Animals
New Harbour, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
+27 28 313 2722
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Not impressed

Okay, we did see whales, pretty close too. What I did not like was the lack of organization and... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
Santa Barbara, California
Poor communication and information

4 of us went on a recommendation. Having seen whales from the shore we were keen to see them closer... read more

Reviewed 13 October 2016
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New Harbour, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
+27 28 313 2722
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Okay, we did see whales, pretty close too. What I did not like was the lack of organization and education involved. I have been on several whale cruises, staffed by people who clearly love whales and want to educate you about them. The operators gave...More

2  Thank Becca_G8
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

4 of us went on a recommendation. Having seen whales from the shore we were keen to see them closer up. Everyone had to choose their own life vest in a haphazard, scrambling unsupervised manner. This is important as the turbulant seas were at times...More

Thank BulaBus
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

When we showed up for our tour, the staff members were rude and unhelpful. It took them a long time to find enough life vests for everyone. By the time we boarded the boat, all of the seats were taken. They tried to tell us...More

Thank KateAgarwal
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Out of the three whale watching companies at the Hermanus Harbour, this was are third choice but sadly Southern Right were fully booked and Whale Watching were having technical difficulties. After a land based safety briefing and mad scramble for life jackets, we boarded the...More

Thank Pen J
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

I had read a lot of reviews before going on the tour and a lot of people talking about the choppy water, but to be fair you are going on a boat to see whales it's going to be choppy. We left on time, got...More

Thank Deetravelsaround
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Our nine AM tour only departed at 10h45 because of technical issue. We learned while waiting that the defect was discovered the day before but that the mechanic would only be available in the morning. Despite knowing this well in advance the mechanic only showed...More

2  Thank mrepriels
Reviewed 5 May 2016

We are the lucky ones. Though the weather was quite cloudy, but we got to see some whales. There were even two that swam close to our boat and right underneath us. We did see some seals too. The tour started with a safety briefing...More

2  Thank UnderBigHill
Reviewed 18 November 2015

We visited at the beginning of November and were a little bit nervous that the whales might have moved on, but we were very lucky because we found a mom and baby! We headed out on slightly rough seas, but you don't even notice it...More

Thank Kylie H
Reviewed 16 November 2015 via mobile

Our hostel booked this up for us the day before we were supposed to go on this trip at 9am, get there nice and early 8:15 to be told our names were not down so we drive back to the hostel and the lad tried...More

1  Thank danield1988
Reviewed 11 November 2015

Organised and safety conscious operation. The guy doing the commentary was excellent and had a good sense of humour. We got to see a number of whales and a mother and calf very close up so no complaints there. Whole event was under two hours...More

1  Thank Speedbird747
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