Experience an up close and personal encounter with the 'gentle giants' of the ocean that promises to be an 'experience to be treasured'.
Cape Town Concierge works with the best Whale Watching operator who offers boat-based Hermanus whale watching tours from the New Harbour in Hermanus, the Capital of the Cape Whale Coast, and operates within the local waters of Walker Bay, one of the best whale watching areas in the world.
The company is progressive and environmentally sensitive and as a licensed permit holder operates under a motto of: ‘Observing NOT Disturbing’ – the safety and conservation of the whales and marine life is principal and believes it is their obligation to ensure the service offered is informative and educational.
Experience a close encounter with the gentle giants of the ocean by joining us on an informative and educational whale watching trip.
HERMANUS WHALE WATCHING SEASON
The peak whale season runs from June to mid – December, annually. The exact date all depends when the star performers arrive and depart.
The boat based whale watching trip is from 1hr 30m – 3hrs maximum. It depends on traveling time to the whales on that trip; the time spent with them is the same. The duration of the trip is normally an averages at 2 hours.
TRIP DEPARTURE TIMES
We depart daily at 9h00; 12h00 and 15h00 from the New Harbour in Hermanus.
Arrival time is 30minutes before departure for the on-land safety briefing presented by our whale specialist guide.
For private charters and group bookings the additional trip time of 6h30 or 17h00 can be requested dependent on time of year.
WHALE WATCHING TRIP FEATURES
Purpose built catamaran
All ages welcome
Whale specialist guide on board
Light Refreshments included (soft drink or still water and packet of crisps)
Souvenir Movie of your trip including bonus chapters of ‘Hermanus & the surrounds’ and our short film documentary, ‘the Whale Season’
Return Transfers from Cape Town & Hermanus can be arranged; please contact us for rates and availability
WHALE WATCHING TRIP OVERVIEW
Our permit entitles us to approach the whales up to 50m and then we stop to observe, it is then up to the whales to approach closer. Being naturally curious, the whales often come right up to the boat. It is definitely ‘a magical experience to be treasured’.
The whale watching trip begins with an on-land briefing presented by our whale specialist guide before heading down the jetty to our catamaran. 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 will interpret the marine life encountered en route and provide insight into the behaviour of the whales while you are watching them in action. Our videographer will ensure that the best footage is captured.
WHALE SEASON 2017
JUNE to DEC – Whale Watching Trips
Students | SeniorsR700
Children (under 14)R380
Children (under 5)FREE
Private Exclusive whale watching trips are available on request, please contact us.
TERMS & CONDITIONS POLICY
All trips are weather permitting; cancellation can occur with little prior notice if necessary. Notification of any cancellations will be made telephonically on the day of the booked trip. Should the trip not take place due to sea conditions, no payment is required. At the discretion of the skipper, if the tour is unsatisfactory due to no whale sightings the guests may be offered a 50% refund or the option of joining another trip based on availability. Confirmed Bookings will be released if you/guests have not arrived 15 minutes prior to departure, unless you have called to notify us.
Cancellation terms apply. For bookings of 1- 30 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 31 – 70 Persons/Private exclusive tours:
Cancellations received less than 30 days before date of trip, 50% cancellation fee will be charged. Cancellations received less than 7 day before date of trip, 100% cancellation fee will be charged. In the event of unforeseeable circumstances policies can be amended at the discretion of Cape Town Concierge Services.