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’.

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 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.

What's included

Complimentary Light Refreshments

What's excluded

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)

Fitness level

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)

Departure point

'The Whale Shack', Southern Right Charters, New Harbour. Cnr. of Westcliff & Still Road.

Cancellation policy

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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   Chris Mugno

17 February, 2019
Brilliant. Excellent, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Been twice and always had great viewing. Very good value at R900 per adult for approx 2 hours trip.
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   Leonard Joko

17 November, 2018
The crew were amazing and patient, treating the experience with insightful information. Making a fun educational tourist event. Not forgetting the beautiful majestic whales and sea life, I more than ever believe God is real and great.
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   Al C

9 December, 2018
Very professional in presentation and booking process. Also, I liked that the team send us a reminder the day before. We were so much looking forward to the experience and were excited when we arrived at the Whale Shack. Yes, we did see some whales and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, the boat was too full to allow an authentic experience. There were so many people on the boat that you couldn't just move to the other side when you wanted to because there were so many people blocking the way and the view. The reality on board was miles away from the pictures you can find on their website. It's not that we felt unsafe. It's the fact that they crammed so many people in just to make some more money, that left a bad impression. The captain was nice and was told us some interesting information about whales. But he didn't make a very enthusiastic impression and looked like he'd be rather somewhere else and as if he took this tour already too often. Such a shame, because in total the negative points really reduced the experience to a fair, super-touristy something and left us back a bit disappointed, especially in regards to the price of the tour.
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   Michael Kuehnlein

28 January, 2019
I had a really fantastic experience with Southern Right Charters. It is one thing to see the whales from the cliffs in Hermanus but to visit them a bit more inside the bay is just amazing. Personally I was afraid of sea sickness but their boat was very sturdy and I had no problems. The information prior and during the trip had been really helpful to understand the gentle giants.
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   Izanne Oberholzer

9 October, 2018
We had an amazing experience with Southern Right Charters! We saw plenty of whales and there was an expert on the boat who gave us plenty of interesting facts about whales for the duration of the trip. The whales came extremely close to the boat which made this trip worth every penny. They also knew where to find the whales. One of the crew members also had a drone with which he captured the whale sightings for the trip. The drone was also useful seeing as it hovers above the whale before the whale surfaces so that the whale watchers know where to look in order not to miss it. I would definitely recommend Southern Right Charters to anyone who wants to go whale watching by boat. PS. Remember to take a warm jacket with you on the boat. It also helps to drink motion sickness tablets two hours before your trip.
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