Whale Watching Day Trip From Cape Town

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 9 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    2018 season: 8:00am 2019 season: 8:30am Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
  • Departure Details :
    Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, 1 Lower Buitengracht, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
    Traveler pickup is offered
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Take this opportunity to go whale watching from one of the best land-based viewing spots in the world, Hermanus. From July to November the Southern Right Whale comes to breed in the bay near this seaside town, an easy and beautiful drive from Cape town. You will also have the chance to explore the fishing and holiday town of Hermanus at your leisure with a time-permitting stop at Stony Point near Bettys Bay on the way back to see the African penguin colony.

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Stop At: Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty's Bay, Overberg District, Western Cape

Located in the quaint coastal town of Bettys Bay in the Overberg, Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to a unique colony of African Penguins. Please note this is for clients own account and time permitting.

Duration: 20 minutes


Hotel pickup and drop off

Professional tour guide


Food and drinks, unless specified


Entry/Admission - Stony Point Penguin Colony

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Seasonal: the tour runs from July - November only

Not wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

Tour Departs Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only

Traveler Reviews

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  • 16-Oct-2019

    We had a driver rather than a guide. He did the minimal effort to explain and even mentioned “I appreciate you talking among yourselves”

  • 20-Nov-2018

    A full day tour that brought us to many scenic places along the coast, with a 2hour boat ride out to catch the whales basking in the sun, followed by a yummy lunch in a quaint village. A perfect day!

  • 14-Oct-2016

    I booked the Full day whale watching in Hermanus trip from Cape Town. Not up to the usual Viator standards, by far.
    The tour as advertised in the UK is not what we got. We were not taken to the cliff top walk we were given restricted time in the town, which had to include lunch we did visit / tour an industrial estate we were taken to a hill top overlooking the town, but miles from the coastal pass. To see the whales, we had to take the boat trip, which was expensive, and many Japanese tourists found it much too rough. There was no time to visit the penguins, or the Nature Reserve, or the botanical Gardens but time was made to visit a winery.

    Conclusions - The whales were an exciting experience, but I would not recommend this particular trip to anyone.

  • 25-Sep-2016

    Not enough time for the lunch in Hermanus!

  • 28-Aug-2016

    The trip was very beautiful, passing through amazing landscapes. The guide Rodney was knowledgeable, though not a very good listener. Nevertheless, he made sure we got the best spots for each activity. We saw Whales and Penguins. Wine tasting was also done, though in short.

  • 23-Oct-2015

    It was disappointing. We didnt feel the guide wanted to make a nice trip like I felt with other guides in South Africa.
    We spent only 10min in Hermanus, they guide wanted to do only a drive through!! and the town was nice enough to have been there more time.
    The boat was too expensive for its real duration and we were not informed about it, we felt the guide was more interested on her commission instead of informing properly the boat was 700ZAR, around 50, it was almost 2 hours but more than 1h was spent going to the whales, and after the boat we lost 1h in the harbor that could have been spent in Hermanus.
    Also, we didnt do the wine tasting, she said it was closed! We were given a bottle of wine, we didnt want a free bottle of wine, we wanted the experience of knowing more about South African wines!
    Hermanus is a nice place, the tour was not a nice experience.

  • 25-Nov-2014

    A fantastic trip, a great driver/guide who was informative and amusing. Wonderful scenery, I managed to go out on a boat and had super views of the whales. Probably one of the best day trips I've done.

  • 23-Nov-2014

    Tour was over all great, only irritant was that the boat was mega crowded and it made it hard to get a good viewing spot.

  • 16-Nov-2014

    Great day out and great guide. We skipped the whale boat trip but the view from the cliffs was amazing and the guide kindly lent us his binoculars.

  • 11-Oct-2014

    we had perfect weather and the guide found several places to veiw whales, with a calf learning to flip its tail too.beautiful place to visit and stay,.

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