Hermanus Whale Watching & Sunset Boat Trips Launching from Gansbaai

Hermanus Whale Watching - A Typical trip will have you exploring our magnificent coastline and bay between Gansbaai and Hermanus while looking for whales, dolphin, shark, seals, penguin and seabirds.

Apart from the Southern Right Whales in whale season, we are able to view Brydes Whales, Humpback Whales and possibly even Orca and Great White Sharks.

There are many Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins, Dolphins, Sunfish and plenty of coastal marine birds to been seen whilst out at sea.

Hermaus Whale Watching trips

Start with a brief informative talk on what animals to look out for and the route we will be taking.

Each passenger is offered a life jacket but this is not compulsory. On each trip, we drink a toast to “Our Whales”, cold water and juice is provided.

We launch from the fishing harbour of Gansbaai and travel along the Cliffs of De Kelders towards the Plaat beach.

Whale Watching Hermanus or Gansbaai - Gansbaai is best for whale watching

We want our guest to have a fun yet educational experience.

All trips have proficient marine guides on board to answer your questions and share their vast knowledge of the ocean and its creatures with you.

Our objective is to adhere to responsible tourism guidelines and the emphasis of all our trips is on the conservation and welfare of these magnificent animals.

We offer unique trips that give you the ability to observe some of the ocean’s biggest and enigmatic inhabitants in their natural surroundings.

Hermanus Whale Watching Boat Trip

Hermanus Whale Watching Trips

Whale Season - Whale Watching Trips - (June To December)

Our Hermanus whale watching trips take place from June to December however, should the whales change their migration schedule (arrive early and leave later) we will adjust our schedule accordingly.

Generally the trip last 2 hrs, but can be longer depending on how quickly we find the whales.

At the start of the season we launch twice daily at 10am and 1pm, in main season (Aug-Sep-Oct) we put on an extra trip in the morning with a 7am launch and then from September on-wards an extra trip in the afternoon either 3:30pm or if a good sunset is forecasted a trip at 5pm.

The 5pm trip is truly a magnificent experience watching the whales bask in the shallow waters as well as experiencing a stunning Walker Bay sunset.

Hermanus Whale Watching - Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

Out Of Whale Season - Marine Big 5 Sea Safaris - (Jan To May)

  1. Sunset Marine Big 5 Cruises
  2. Big 5 Sea Safaris - 10am and 1pm - Targeting Walker Bay's Marine 5
  3. Trips to Danger Point to find the resident Brydes Whales
  4. Marine Bird Watching Cruises

Hermanus Whale Watching - Big 5 Sea Safaris

Come and join us on an epic Hermanus Whale Watching Experience you will never forget.

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4 days ago

Penny Bird
Today I braved the 10 knot wind, 3 metre swell and a little light drizzle to see if I could capture a whale leaping out of the water... Alas, no high jumps, but something infinitely more heartwarming. A little calf, who has obviously not been around long enough to know his mum's rules about boats, swam up to Ivanhoe Sea Safaris, took a peak at us, and then smacked his fin in the water from excitement. His joy was short lived: mum briskly scooped him up and whisked him off to the depths for a lecture. So, so precious and touching. The photograph of his little fin doesn't do him justice, but his memory I will always treasure. And... at the risk of boring you with my wave photo's...today's fav (a big thank you to the sun for focussing your light on my wave for a few seconds!) and check out the magnificent sight of 1,000 cormorants resting on the sea. #lovesouthafrica #magical #changinglight #giftsfromnature ... See MoreSee Less
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4 days ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
We still have a few seats open for the week ahead 🤩 we’ve been filling up fast so be sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment 🐳 On our last day of good weather and 3 trips we saw over 20 Southern right whales and 10 babies 👀 We look forward to welcoming you onboard 🦀📸 Johann Nel🔗 Follow this link to live track some of our Southern Right Whales as they head back to the feeding grounds: https://www.mammalresearchinstitute.science/whale-unit📞 Call or WhatsApp on +27 (0) 82 926 7977✉️ Email - info@whaleviewing.co.za 🖥️ Website - www.whaleviewing.co.za📷 Follow us on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/ivanhoeseasafaris/🎥 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here - https://bit.ly/3lZVrrl ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Some incredible sightings lately with the Whale Season coming into full swing 🤩🐋Lately we have seen the following: 🪸 lots of Southern Right whales and their babies 🪸 10 humpback whales with 1 baby 🪸 2 Brydes whales🪸 700+ bottle nose dolphins 🪸 3 endangered humpback dolphinsAnd much much more 👀We run 3 trips a day 🌞 (weather depending) Which means there is lots of time to get you onboard one of our trips 🇿🇦 with our 40% South African discount! Pop us a WhatsApp or book online! 👇🏼https://whaleviewing.co.za/online-bookings/📹 Dylan Swanepoel🔗 Follow this link to live track some of our Southern Right Whales as they head back to the feeding grounds: https://www.mammalresearchinstitute.science/whale-unit📞 Call or WhatsApp on +27 (0) 82 926 7977✉️ Email - info@whaleviewing.co.za 🖥️ Website - www.whaleviewing.co.za📷 Follow us on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/ivanhoeseasafaris/🎥 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here - https://bit.ly/3lZVrrl ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
AND WE ARE BACK 😎☀️ Weather for the next 3 days are fabulous before the wind picks-up from Wednesday to Friday 🌬️*Sunday 31st* 3.30 pm ✅*Monday 1st*10am Full ❌1pm Full ❌3.30pm ✅*Tuesday 2nd* 10am ✅1pm ✅3.30 ✅ Let us know if you would like to join us for a trip and the opportunity to see some amazing sightings of these gentle giants! Below are the viewings we had from the 24th July - 28th July. 🤩 An abundance of sightings so far! and only getting better 🤞 Pop us a message to book your seat and don't forget to ask about our 40% South African discount 🇿🇦 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Some of the best sightings we get are a cow and her calf relaxing in the waters 🐋 Just like all babies whale calf’s can be curious and social without much concern for danger ⛔️ This morning our guests got a lovely up close encounter with a southern right whale and her baby ☀️ fortunately the cow did not have any concern for the boat and knew we were not a threat to her or her calf. A beautiful sighting on a beautiful day! Let us know when we can book your seats 🐋📹 Dylan Swanepoel🔗 Follow this link to live track some of our Southern Right Whales as they head back to the feeding grounds: https://www.mammalresearchinstitute.science/whale-unit📞 Call or WhatsApp on +27 (0) 82 926 7977✉️ Email - info@whaleviewing.co.za 🖥️ Website - www.whaleviewing.co.za📷 Follow us on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/ivanhoeseasafaris/🎥 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here - https://bit.ly/3lZVrrl ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Breaching Southern Right whales on our first trip this morning 🤩🐋☀️There are many theories as to why Whale’s Breach (Lifts its body and leaps out of the water exposing up to 90% of its body above the surface) 🌊We aren’t completely certain why they do this, we’re just grateful we get to watch 👀Join us on one of our upcoming trips to get your font row seats to spectacular sightings of the beautiful marine life in the bay 🐋📹 Dylan Swanepoel🔗 Follow this link to live track some of our Southern Right Whales as they head back to the feeding grounds: https://www.mammalresearchinstitute.science/whale-unit📞 Call or WhatsApp on +27 (0) 82 926 7977✉️ Email - info@whaleviewing.co.za 🖥️ Website - www.whaleviewing.co.za📷 Follow us on Instagram here - https://www.instagram.com/ivanhoeseasafaris/🎥 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel here - https://bit.ly/3lZVrrl ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Franclin Adventures
Whale 🐋 trip with Ivanhoe Sea Safaris...#whaleofatime #whale #brydeswhale #seasafari #seasafaricruises #whalecoastsa #whalecoast #walkerbay #overberg #southafrica #menseselense #wegtydskrif #joureisbeginhier #ontdekjouplek ... See MoreSee Less
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