Southern Right Charters Whale Watching
For group bookings or if availability appears limited please contact us.
WHALE SEASON June - December
TRIP DURATION 1h30 - 3hrs, dependent on traveling time to whales.Average trip time is 2 hours.
TRIP TIMES 09h00 | 12h00 | 15h00
Arrival time is 30 minutes prior for check-in and our on-land briefing
In season, Southern Right Charters departs daily from Hermanus, the Capital of the Whale Coast. Our permit entitles us to approach the whales to up to 50 metres, being curious creatures they usually come right unto the vessel. It is definitely ‘a magical experience to be treasured’.
WHAT YOU CAN ENCOUNTER
Encounter Southern Right, Humpback & Bryde’s whales
Dolphins, Seals, and a large variety of marine birds including the African penguin
JUNE- MID AUGUST | Humpback & Southern Right whales
JUNE-DECEMBER | Southern Right whales
Bryde's whales can be spotted all season
Private Exclusive whale watching trips are available on request, please contact us directly.
OUR WHALE WATCHING CATAMARAN
Our purpose built catamaran ensures maximum passenger comfort and superior stability. The different viewing levels offer spectacular viewing opportunities, with the side and front deck giving that up close view of the whale and sun deck above giving you that panoramic view of the entire whale.
Your whale watching tour begins with an on-land briefing presented by our whale specialist guide before heading down the jetty to our boat. We then set off from the Hermanus New Harbour in search of the ‘gentle giants.’
During the tour our friendly, knowledgeable crew adds that personal touch to ensure an all-round great experience, from ensuring you don’t miss the perfect photo opportunities to serving complimentary light refreshments. Our whale specialist guide keeps you informed via our on board PA system ensuring your whale trip is informative and educational and our videographer will ensure that the best footage is captured.
After the boat tour, you can order your souvenir USB Movie of you trip and peruse our local craft & souvenirs on offer or simply relax at our outdoor seating on the water’s edge, enjoying a coffee whilst reading up on the area & surfing the net on our complimentary Wi-Fi.
Two acclaimed restaurants and a pub are within easy walking distance of The Whale Shack.
Complimentary Light Refreshments
Souvenir Movie of your trip including bonus chapter on the Whales of Hermanus
Return Transfers from Cape Town & Hermanus
Entrance fee into the New Harbour, payable in cash to the Harbour Authority (R5)
This activity is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility (please contact us for more information or questions on this topic)
What to bring
Sea sick tablets should be taken in advance as per packet instructions- if necessary
Depending on the weather a beanie & scarf / sunscreen & cap
Camera (No Drones/UVA permitted, Tripods & Binoculars are not advised)
What to wear
Weather appropriate clothing and a windbreaker
Sensible footwear (For ladies flat shoes are recommended)
'The Whale Shack', Southern Right Charters, New Harbour. Cnr. of Westcliff & Still Road.
Bookings will be released if the guests have not arrived 15 minutes prior to departure, unless we have been notified telephonically. Cancellation terms apply.
For bookings of 1- 20 Persons: Cancellations or amendments to confirmed booking received less than 24hrs before time of trip, 100% cancellation fee will be charged.
For a booking of +21 Persons & Private charters: Cancellations or amendments to confirmed booking received less than 7 days before time of trip, 100% cancellation fee will be charged
Upon the confirmation of any booking, it will be regarded that the client has read and accepted all the Terms and conditions.
In the event of unforeseeable circumstances policies can be amended at the discretion of Southern Right Charters
TRIP DURATION 1h30 – 3hrs, duration depends on the time spent traveling to the whales.
WEATHER PERMITTING All trips are weather permitting, cancellation can occur with little prior notice. Notification of any cancellations will be made telephonically on the day of booked tour. Should the trip not take place due to sea conditions or cancellation for any reason by the company, no payment will be required.
SIGHTING GUARANTEE At the discretion of the skipper, if the tour is unsatisfactory due to no whale and/or dolphin sightings the guests may be offered a 50% refund.
INDEMNITY & LIABILITY All guests are required to sign an indemnity & waiver form on arrival.
CHILDREN POLICY All ages welcome. Minors (U/18) must be accompanied by an adult and be under their supervision for the full duration of the tour. All children aged 12 years and under are required to wear a life jacket for the full duration of the tour. We strongly advise motion sickness syrup for infants and toddlers. No prams are allowed on-board the boat.
Please note that all transfers and shuttle services offered are outsourced to local reputable operators, Southern Right Charters shall under no circumstances be liable for any act or omission of any outsourced operators.
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