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Whale Watching from Hermanus

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    What to Expect

    Your whale watching tour starts at our orange office on your right-hand side as you enter the New Harbour in Hermanus. Our competent, friendly office staff will welcome you, setting the scene for a memorable trip. We have clean, comfortable bathroom facilities for your convenience. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic view over Walkerbay during the 2-minute walk down to the boat where we will launch. Once on board one of our guides will give an orientation briefing about the trip, safety and facilities on board as well as the marine wildlife we can expect to encounter. Memories are priceless, relax, take out your cameras and enjoy your 2-hour whale watching trip.


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    • Whale Watchers Hermanus, Hermanus, Overstrand South Africa
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hermanus New Harbour, Westcliff Rd, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Bottled water
    • Snacks
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
    • Hotel pick-up and drop off can be arranged at additional cost
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
    • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
    • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Please arrive at least 30mins before departure
    • Stroller accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    When everyone in Hermanus knows that the whales have left, this company still pretends we might be able to spot some. Two hours fast driving at sea where we spotter a seal and some birds. A total tourist trap and good income for the boat owners. Try to check some reliable
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    Response from rightwhales, Guest Relations Manager at Whale Watching from Hermanus
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Dear 505kajsas Hermanus is privileged to house the extremely credible Marine Mammal Research Whale Unit- a division of the University of Pretoria who undertake aerial surveys all along the Cape Whale Coast twice during the whale season. Quoting their October report “Considerably less (whales)than what we spotted on our first count flight in August, even though these numbers in August were also well below the expected number. It seems we are not only receiving lower numbers of whales along our shores in recent years (with the exception of last year), they are also clearly leaving earlier on their migration South" Although the whales were fewer this year, they still visited our shores to mate and to calf, albeit in fewer numbers and deeper in the ocean-not close to shore as is their natural behaviour from June to beginning December. No company has control over wildlife sightings and no control over the whales’ decision to leave, often turning out to be overnight. Our company pride ourselves adhering to strict marine tourism practices including no misleading advertising by inflating sightings on daily trips. After updating guests on the recent sightings at the pre-trip briefing, the choice is up to them to accompany us on a trip in our search for whales. We share yours and many a whale watching guest’s disappointment and invite you to return next season- the whales might just have returned in numbers as they did last season! Best Regards from the team.
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    We were here for 3 days, came to see the Whales however nature being what it is there weren’t any and asking around nobody had seen any for weeks. It also lashed it down so there wasn’t much to do. Wish we’d stayed in Cape Town. Hey ho......
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    Response from rightwhales, Guest Relations Manager at Whale Watching from Hermanus
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Dear Utd1963 We would like to emphasise with your frustration of not seeing any whales close to the coastline- especially as this year Hermanus has been voted the best place in the world to watch these gentle giants from land However, they obviously preferred to stay in the deeper waters this season and as you wisely commented; “one cannot control nature” Even more disappointing to us is the fact that your experience, in contrast with the thousands of the annual visitors to this beautiful coast at the most southern tip in Africa, was not what you expected it to be. Saying this though, we do hope to welcome the whales back closer to shore- perhaps next whale season and that you might have another opportunity to see these annual Antarctic visitors you obviously care so much about. Warm regards from the whole Whale Watcher Team
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    We had a fantastic trip! Saw a mum whale playing with her baby! Great to see these huge animal! Our boat was not that packed like the other one and there was enough space for everyone to see the whales and take photos! Thanks Philip for all the informations about these animals!
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    Response from rightwhales, Guest Relations Manager at Whale Watching from Hermanus
    Responded 3 weeks ago
    Hello Jessicasmail, We are delighted that you had such a fantastic whale watching trip! During this bonding time the only think that matters to the mommy whale, is her baby! Phillip has a knack to make trips memorable sharing his stories and experience! Enjoy the priceless memories! Warm Regards from the whole team.
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    We saw a southern right whale with her calf as well as some dolphins. Very chatty and informative staff.
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    Response from rightwhales, Guest Relations Manager at Whale Watching from Hermanus
    Responded 27 Oct 2019
    Hello Carla M, We are delighted to read that your whale watching trip was an experience to remember! We could not agree with you more- close encounters with these gentle giants leaves one awestruck and very humble! We value the complimentary words about the staff and will be sure to tell them- always a good motivator! Enjoy your priceless dolphin and whale memories! Warm Regards from the team.
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    We saw only one Southern Right Wale. The sea was so rough, that 50% getting sick, and the other 50% getting wet. At this conditions they shouldn't go out! The waves were so high that we are getting scared to fall out from the boat. It was a nightmare!
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    Response from rightwhales, Guest Relations Manager at Whale Watching from Hermanus
    Responded 27 Oct 2019
    Dear LZ_1295 We apologise on behalf of the whale watching industry for your distress. We have tried in vain to contact you personally to clarify as on the day in question our boat did not go to sea. Being one of the 3 licensed boat-based whale watching operators in this area we would like to clear up some uncertainties about the industry: • No company can guarantee the number of whale sightings on any given trip. The Cape Whale Coast is currently experiencing unusual weather patterns with lots of rain which might cause some discomfort but have no effect whatsoever on whale behaviour. • Seasickness, unfortunately, is a state that can be experienced unexpectedly even on the calmest day. Guests are always advised to take the necessary precautions when embarking on any boat-based activity. • The Cape Whale Coast boat-based industry boasts with an unblemished safety record which stands to prove the operator commitment to the safety of their passengers at all times. • Our company takes every precaution to keep passengers safe and dry by offering an option to be seated in the downstairs cabin with closed windows. The crew also fit the guests with waterproof jackets as well as life jackets. Hopefully, we have addressed your concerns satisfactorily. Best Regards from the management and team.
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