Water activity

From Cape Town: Hermanus Whale Watching Boat Trip

4.3 / 5

70 reviews

Activity provider: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Water activity

From Cape Town: Hermanus Whale Watching Boat Trip

Activity provider: Ivanhoe Sea Safaris

From US$ 136.41 per person

Cruise along white beaches and the cliffs of De Kelders in a comfortable speedboat on this whale watching adventure from Cape Town. Look for humpbacks and orcas while enjoying drinks and snacks.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
Audio guide included
Pickup included
Pickup times are between 6:45 AM and 7:30 AM depending on your location. The exact time will be confirmed the evening before the tour. Pickup is limited to a maximum distance of 20 km around Cape Town CBS. Please be in the hotel lobby or guesthouse reception 10 minutes before the given time.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Amazing close encounters with Southern Right Whales and other marine life
  • Launch your whale-watching tour from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai
  • Head towards the world capital for whale watching, Hermanus
  • Ride on a boat designed to carry 40 people limited to a group of just 25
Full description

Join a whale-watching tour in Hermanus and visit the area with the highest concentration of whales on the South African Coastline. Launch from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai and travel along the cliffs of De Kelders to see these magnificent creatures.

Along the way hear commentary about whales, and facts about right whales. Learn about the habitats and their feeding processes.

Look for southern right whales in their natural environment, along with dolphins, Cape fur seals, and other marine life. Keep an eye out for humpback, minke, and Bryde's whales frolicking in the ocean.

Catch a glimpse of the beautiful orcas, false killer whales, and enchanting African penguins. This tour offers a great selection of marine life and allows you to get an up-close look at wild animals.

Relax without an ethical dilemma as you support businesses that celebrate animals in the wild. Return back to the harbor at the end of your boating adventure.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Whale watching boat trip
  • Live guide
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Food

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Binoculars

Not allowed

  • Smoking in the vehicle
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 70 reviews

Review summary

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It really was a great trip from the driver who took us to the friendliness of the boat crew , saw a few whales and they’re young which was brilliant . Skipper was great. Hermanus was a great place to stop and whale watch too . Overall a great trip I’d highly recommend

December 18, 2022

We were picked up at the hotel on time. The team on the boat was super friendly and attentive. We saw a whale with calf, seals, penguins and lots of dolphins. Our guide was taciturn. In addition, he forgot to bring us (3 people) to the hotel, which gave us an extra trip. All in all, the trip is worth it.

November 17, 2022

Trip was good. Pick up was way too long. First picked up last dropped off. There should be a bathroom break planned for the trip. We were in the van 3.5 hours on the way to Gansbai. He stopped only because it was very needed. There should be a lunch break of at least 1-2 hours in Hermanus before heading back. Too rushed. Boot trip was very good and informative.

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November 15, 2022

Product ID: 226252