Hermanus Whale Watching Full Day Tour

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 9 hours

Departs: Cape Town, Cape Town

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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This picturesque whale tour takes you over the mountains to the seaside town of Hermanus. Set between mountains and the sea, Hermanus offers some of the greatest land based opportunities for whale watching in the world. Close sightings of the Southern Right whale are likely. On the drive back we follow the coastline, which gives further possibility of whale and even dolphin sightings. A stop is made at Stony Point, near Betty’s Bay to see the penguin colony before returning back to Cape Town.

Whale Watching Tour Highlights:
• Sir Lowry’ Pass (picture stop)
• Hermanus
• Land base whale watching & optional boat trip
• Betty’s Bay stop at the Penguin Colony (Stoney Point)
• Gordon’s Bay drive
• Scenic Clarence Drive

What's Included


Fuel surcharge

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

What's Not Included

Entrance fees (Hermanus Boat Trip)


Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Whale watching boat tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour at an additional cost
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Specialized infant seats are available
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Stony Point Penguin Colony
Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguin in the world.

Located in the quaint coastal town of Betty’s Bay in the Overberg, the Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to a unique colony of African Penguins. Stony Point offers the public the chance to see these wonderful flightless birds up close, via the boardwalk through the colony, which allows the public to observe the penguins go about their daily activities in their natural habitat, without disturbing or disrupting them.

Spend some time with our amazing African Penguins!

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Old Harbour Museum
Upon our arrival in Hermanus at the New Harbor, you will be briefed about the Southern Right Whales by an experienced qualified whale watching specialist. You will be able to learn about their lives, life spam and behavior. Afterwards you will aboard the whale boat and embark on a 2 to 3 hour sea excursion in the search for the Southern Right Whales. As soon as a whale is spotted, the skipper will stop the boat so that you can see these amazing sea creatures up close. As the time goes by, the skipper and crew members will try to spot more whales to maximize a full whale watching experience.
The boats permits entitles us to approach the whales up to 50m and then we stop to observe and being naturally curious the whales normally approach the boat to observe us. This is truly an inspirational experience to be treasured.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Not Included

Hermanus is a seaside town southeast of Cape Town, in South Africa’s Western Cape Province. It’s known as a whale-watching destination. Beaches include Voëlklip Beach and the broad Grotto Beach, overlooking Walker Bay. The Old Harbour Museum is a site encompassing the old harbour, a fishermen’s village and the Whale House Museum. The latter has informative displays and a suspended skeleton of a whale.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Sir Lowry's Pass
Sir Lowry’s Pass is a lot more than a route across a formidable mountain range. It is also a haunt for bird watchers and nature lovers and the car park, on the western side of the N2 as one approaches the top of the pass, provides a perfect stop to explore the area. The mountain fynbos is fairly accessible here and one can take three to four hours to explore the mountain side and the lower areas where streams become densely vegetated and provide perfect cover for birds.

The summit provides one with the most awe-inspiring backdrops in the Western Cape – on a clear day you can view the range all the way from the southern suburbs of Cape Town.

The perfect photo stop for a view of Cape Town!

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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