“The Ivanhoe”

Best Whale Watching Hermanus on the Queen Of The SA Whale Watching Fleet

The Ivanhoe is a 42 ft. catamaran, which was specifically designed and custom-built for whale watching.  Our extensive experience gained from over 8000 close encounters with our majestic southern right whales was our inspiration for the design of the Ivanhoe.  The most experienced whale skipper in South Africa specifically designed the “Ivanhoe” to provide an exceptionally safe and stable vessel from which to view hermanus whales.

From the Ivanhoe our guests have an unobstructed view of the Hermanus whales and our guests will never get wet – even in inclement weather conditions.  While the Ivanhoe is capable of carrying 40 passengers comfortably, for the indulgence of our guests, we limit passengers to 25 for every trip.  This means that all our passengers can be seated at all times making the trip far more pleasurable.

The Ivanhoe is extremely comfortable, dry and most importantly stable.  Our guests have the advantage of looking down at the Hermnaus whales from the upper viewing bridge, giving them a great perspective.  Other amenities specifically designed with the guest’s pleasure in mind are large, dry cabins on the lower deck as well as toilet facilities.  The Ivanhoe is equipped with two 4-stroke 250hp petrol engines that make the trip exceptionally quiet and pollution free.

We conform to the highest safety standard and The South African Maritime Safety Authority surveys the Ivanhoe annually.

Southern Right Whale Facts

These days, southern right whales delight whale watchers with their peculiar looks and crowd attracting antics, like breaching and headstands. They are increasingly seen on the NSW coastline from June to the end of November. You can spot them off the shore of a beach, on a boat or venture into a NSW national park. Southern right whales can be found in very shallow water including estuaries and bays. They have even been known to swim into the surf zone, but are not known to strand. If you are lucky enough, you may even delight in watching the mothers and calves playing together. This is a very important time for the calf, as the mother is teaching its young the life skills it will need before it returns to the Antarctic.

Celebrate the arrival of the majestic Great Whales with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris!Walker Bay Whale Day: A Celebration For The Arrival Of The Giants. on 19 June includes a full day of festivities including:🐋 a coastal cleanup🐋 whale cookie and cupcake decorating 🐋Plastics Are Forever Environmental Art Display and more: http://bit.ly/WalkerBayWhaleDay#whatsonincapetown #whaleseason2021 #whalewatching ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

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Walker Bay Whale Day: A Celebration For The Arrival Of The Giants. Is nearly upon us, and from all the updates we're getting from our friends, Whale Season 2021 is in full swing too! We can't wait to set sail on the 19th to see what the bay has in store for us, but for now, just a taster from season's gone by 💜#walkerbaywhaleday #whaleseason2021 #welcometowhaleseason ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Happy #worldoceansday2021 everyone! It's safe to say that your team here at Ivanhoe really, really love our seas and would love to do everything we can to help save them! Our oceans are vast and beautiful, but they are also under immense pressure from us. From pollution to seismic testing, long lining to ghost fishing, global warming to ocean acidification, an increase in underwater noise and the numerous other threat's the ocean faces, it's very easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless! Today, we'd like to remind you that you are not, and that you too can be an active citizen and help save our seas! For starters, you can sign the protect30x30 petition below:https://www.campaignfornature.org/petitionYou can also sign the oceans not oil petitionhttp://chng.it/wwZFSGyWYsBrought to our attention by our friends Cape Kayak Adventures in order to help save our west coast. You can also join the Coastal Clean Up on the 19th of June or simply start your own regular beach cleans wherever you are.You can say no to seafood or significantly reduce your consumption and keep it sustainable with @SASSI. You can choose to support scientific organisations such as Sea Search , Cape RADD and the Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit as they work to better understand our oceans. Their studies that will hopefully be used to create better policies to protect our sea life. You can support us, which in turn supports Southern Right Whale conservation genetics PHD Candidate and Marine Biologist, Petra Read about her study below:https://srw-project.webnode.cz/my-phd-project/You can join Plastic Free July and pledge no to single use items. You can educate your friends, your family, your. Co workers and most importantly...you can continue to keep educating yourself on all the best ways to help save our oceans. There are many more, and we'd love to hear what you're doing to help save our seas! Remember that where there is no blue, there can be no green 💙💚🌍🐋#WorldOceansDay #nobluenogreen #saveourseas ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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A few photos from whale season's gone by! Ivanhoe has been working whale season's in Walker Bay for many and cannot wait to see what the 2021 season has in store for us. In 2018, we were lucky to have a Southern Right Whale baby boom followed by very low numbers in 2019 and 2020. We're really hoping that this year will be a baby boom too, the last of which saw over 600 baby Southern Right Whales born along our coastline. Most of these births take place in St Sebastian Bay in the De Hoop protected area. As the babies grow larger, the mom's begin to move along the coastline. It appears as though the season is also shifting a bit, with whales arriving and leaving a lot earlier than in previous years. This change has been attributed to changes in the Southern Ocean, and Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit are doing an incredible job of studying these changes and others within our Southern Right Whale population.We look forward to reading of their findings for the 2021 season, but more than anything, we're really looking forward to getting out and finding whales everyday! #whaleseason2021 #whalewatching #southernrightwhale ... See MoreSee Less
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