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The Hermanus Whale Cruises whale watching trips depart from the New Harbour in Hermanus.  
They last two hours and cost R650 per adult and R300 for children aged 5-13. Children under 5 travel free. Students cost R550 per person.

The Eco Cruises cost R450 per adult and R200 for children 12 and under.  
The tour lasts 1-2 hours and operates from January to May.

Getting to the New Harbour in Hermanus: GPS: 3426'02"S-1913'08"E  Our physical address is C/O Still Street and Westcliff Road, Hermanus

  • Our whale watching boat, "Whale Cruiser", carries up to 87 passengers.
  • Snacks and mineral water and soft drinks are served during the trip.
  • The operating period is from June to December.
  • No smoking and no alcohol is allowed during trips.

Departure times:
09:00
12:00
14:00
16:00
Weather permitting

New Harbour, Hermanus, where the whale cruises start
Learning about the whales
We like passengers to arrive 15 minutes before departure at our office in the New Harbour for a 10 minute talk on the whales. During the trip you might see 3 types of whales, dolphins, seals, penguins and a variety of sea birds.

As a permit holder for Sub-area 3, Hermanus Whale Cruises is permitted to approach whales up to 50 metres. The whales normally turn and approach our boat often coming as close as 1 metre! We are then allowed to remain in position alongside the whales for up to 20 minutes.

We provide pick-ups and drop-offs (Hermanus only) at no charge.

Our new whale watching boat seats 87 passengers and takes a crew of 5. There is a top viewing deck that seats 28 passengers, while the front viewing deck seats 10.  The Whale Cruiser is wheelchair-friendly!

Get your own DVD of the trip for R100. It is only a 30 minute waiting period 15 minutes viewing while it gets recorded and 15 minutes to get your copy!

Whale Cruiser departing New Harbour, Hermanus

Whale Cruiser entering the harbour

Whale cruiser alongside the dock

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