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THE BOAT Our whale watching boat was purpose built to ensure maximum passenger comfort and superior stability. The different areas offers spectacular viewing opportunities for your Hermanus whale watching trip, 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. We are licensed to carry 70 passengers and 5 crew members. PASSENGER COMFORT - Enclosed areas for protection from sea spray and weather conditions. - Twin hulls of the catamaran provide optimum stability. - Retractable, transparent blinds to give the option of open-air freshness in good sea conditions. - Surround- sound public address system for optimum communication by the whale specialist guide on board. - Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating throughout. - Refreshments bar on board – No alcohol is permitted on whale watching trips as per permit regulations; however the bar is licensed and fully stocked for scenic and private cruises out of whale season. - Modern ladies and gents toilets on board. SAFETY ON-BOARD Safety is a priority during all whale watching trips and focus is on ensuring that the experience is conducted in a professional and responsible manner at all times. Our whale watching boat not only complies but is equipped above the South African Marine Safety Association (SAMSA) regulations. Our Management and Crew are committed to achieving and maintaining a high standard of health and safety both on land and at sea. We will always strive to set the standards of a safe boat-based operation, going beyond our legal obligations to manage any potential risks effectively and provide a safe environment for all involved. The crew are well versed and trained in all aspects of safety of life at sea. Our vessel rating requires that all children under 12 years of age must wear a life jacket whilst on board. These will be supplied and fitted on arrival at our booking office. For adults it is optional to wear a life jacket, how to don the life jacket and where they are situated on the boat is demonstrated to our guests on boarding the boat. FAQs 1. Is there a better time of day to see the whales, or when they are more active? No two trips are alike and every day we have a trip that is the best but there is no way to know which one it will be before the time, it is all up to nature. We offer daily trips, weather permitting, which depart at 9h00; 12h00 and 15h00. No time of the day is better or worse for the whale sightings; it’s best to choose the trip time based on weather and what suits your travel plans best. If you are staying in Hermanus overnight then it is best to join on the 9h00 departure as then it leaves the rest of the day for other activities or traveling and the sea can often be calmer in the mornings. 2. Are we guaranteed to see the whales? We never like to use the word ‘guarantee’ as it is nature but with that said it is very rare that we do not encounter whales. Hermanus is lucky, as the bay is much loved by the Southern Right whales and in peak season there is easily 100+ whales in the area. If by some chance you do not see whales on your trip we do offer a 50% refund on your ticket price paid or the opportunity to join us on the next available trip for free. 3. What is the duration of the boat trip and whale watching tour? We do not cap our trip time as it all depends on the traveling time to the whales. The trip itself can be 1hr 30m – 3 hours maximum. The trip time averages at about 2hours. 4. What time must I arrive for my whale watching trip? Arrival time is 30 minutes prior to departure time, as we have an on-land briefing prior the trip. Confirmed bookings will be released and can be sold on if you have not arrived 15 minutes prior to departure, so please contact to let us know if you are running late. (Cancellation terms apply) 5. Are there any age limits for children? There is no age restriction but adult supervision is a must and it is regulation for all children under 12 years old to wear a life jacket at all times. If you child is an infant, chat to us prior to your trip about what is best to bring a long and life jacket sizing. If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
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What happens if the trip is cancelled due to weather? We only cancel on the day if the weather is poor, as the forecast can often be wrong. We would contact you to let you know and then based on availability will re-book you for when suits you best. We always have a watchful eye on the forecast so feel free to contact us a day or two prior to your trip for an update and possible re-shuffle of your booking. Any tickets booked directly and paid for prior will be refunded in full if we cancel the tour. Due to the whale season in Hermanus occurring during South Africa’s winter months, cancellation can often occur so we would always recommend booking your trip for your first available day so that if it is cancelled, then you have the next day as an option during your holiday. Type of Rental: - Daily charters - No overnight facilities - Rental inclusions can be tailored to requirements ALL CHARTERS INCLUDE FULL CREW COMPLIMENT For more information regarding the vessel please message us.