Hermanus Whale Cruises

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Welcome to Hermanus Whale Cruises, your gateway to unforgettable marine adventures on the South African Whale Coast. As we set sail, immerse yourself in the majesty of the ocean and its incredible inhabitants. With our spacious vessel capable of accommodating up to 87 passengers and a dedicated crew of 5, we offer a unique way to explore the wonders of the deep.

Two Decks, Endless Views

Our vessel boasts two distinctive decks, each offering a unique perspective on the coastal splendor. The top deck provides an open-air experience, perfect for soaking in the sun and unobstructed vistas. On the lower deck, semi-enclosed comfort ensures you stay snug while taking in the panoramic sights.

A "Tail" Worth Sharing

At Hermanus Whale Cruises, we believe in giving you more than just a whale sighting; we aim to provide an experience worth sharing.

Beyond Whales: Explore More

Eco-Tours: Delve into the vibrant marine ecosystem as you interact with dolphins, seals, clawless otters, and a diverse array of seabirds during our sight-seeing excursions.

Cultural Immersion: Embark on enriching Cultural Tours where you'll meet local communities and gain insights into their history, culture, and environment. Explore charming fishing villages like Hawston, Kleinmond, Gansbaai, Arniston, and Struisbaai, or discover the heritage of Moravian Mission Stations in Elim, Genadendal, and Zuurbraak. For a deeper cultural experience, inquire about our township tours to Mount Pleasant, Zwelihle, and Stanford.

Sail into Adventure

Our whale-watching trips depart from the picturesque New Harbour in Hermanus, promising an immersive two-hour journey filled with breathtaking encounters.


Adults: R 1200.00
Students: R 1100.00
Children (4 to 12): R 600.00
Children (3 and under): Free
Coastal Treasures Await

Eco Cruises

Experience the marvels of our marine environment up close with our Eco Cruises:

Adults: R 450.00
Children (12 and under): R 200.00

These tours run from January to May, allowing you to explore our coastal ecosystem from a unique perspective.

Seasonal Adventures

Our whale-watching season runs from June to December, while our Eco Marine trips are available from December to May.

A Respectful Approach

Important Note:

Hermanus Whale Cruises hold a permit for Sub-area 3, allowing us to approach whales up to 50 meters. Witness these magnificent creatures as they often turn and approach our boat, sometimes coming as close as 1 meter. We follow strict guidelines, ensuring we remain alongside the whales for up to 20 minutes, offering an ethical and awe-inspiring encounter.

Your Seafaring Companion

Whale Cruiser:

Our brand-new whale-watching boat, the "Whale Cruiser," accommodates up to 87 passengers. The top viewing deck seats 28 passengers, and an additional front viewing deck seats 7. We take pride in our wheelchair-friendly design to ensure everyone can partake in this incredible experience.

Refreshments: Enjoy complimentary snacks, mineral water, and soft drinks during the trip to keep you comfortable and refreshed.

Operating Season: Join us from June to December for an exceptional whale-watching adventure.

Please Remember: Smoking and alcohol consumption are not allowed during our trips, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all.

For comprehensive information about our services, rates, and availability, we invite you to explore our website. Experience the magic of Hermanus Whale Cruises and embark on a journey that creates lasting memories. Your adventure begins here!

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