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Hermanus Whale Watching Private Charter - Launch from Gansbaai, South AfricaHermanus Whale Watching Private Charter - Launch from Gansbaai, South AfricaHermanus Whale Watching Private Charter - Launch from Gansbaai, South AfricaHermanus Whale Watching Private Charter - Launch from Gansbaai, South Africa

Hermanus Whale Watching Private Charter - Launch from Gansbaai, South Africa

Our 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. WHALE WATCHING & SUNSET TRIPS A Typical trip will have you exploring our magnificent coastline and bay while looking for whales, dolphins, sharks, seals and seabirds.  Apart from the Southern Right Whales, we are able to view Brydes Whales, Humpback Whales and possibly even 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. Before each trip, a brief, informative talk is given on what animals to look out for and the route we will be taking.  Each passenger is fitted with a reliable life jacket to ensure safety.  On each trip, we drink a toast to “Our Whales” in iced water.   We launch from the fishing harbour of Gansbaai and travel along the Cliffs of De Kelders towards the Plaat beach. 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.   WHAT COULD YOU SEE: - Dolphins - Cape Fur Seals - Humpback Whales - Southern Right Whales - Minke Whales - Orcas - False Killer Whales - Sharks - The African Penguin - Coastal Marine Birds   TRIP PRICES: - Adult - R 950.00 / US$67.00 - Child (5-12) - R475.00 / US$34.00 - Infant (O-4) - Free - Whale Trip Private Charter - R23,000.00   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.

Starting from

  • Hourly
    12 hrs max
  • $777/hr
    2 hrs min


Captain Arranged Separately
Professional Captain required, arranged and paid for separately.
20 guests
Luxury, Events & Large groups
Motor Yacht

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We are regarded as one of the leading boat-based whale watching company in South Africa. We also boast one of the limited whale watching permits allocated country wide. We specialize in Boat Based Whale Watching and we pride ourselves in offering a uniquely personalized service to all our clients. We operate in Area 6 of Walker Bay which is celebrated as the best location from which to view the magnificent Southern Right Whales. Our guests are looked after in lavish style by our fully qualified, proficient and registered whale guides whose only duty is to make your trip as memorable as possible. The safety of our guests is paramount and we have all-encompassing public liability insurance. Area 6 of Walker Bay has the town of Hermanus on its Northern shore and the town of Gansbaai on its Southern shore. The Ivanhoe launches from the quaint fishing harbor of Gansbaai, from there we travel along the Cliffs of De Kelders and on towards Plaat beach. Gansbaai is a beautiful, scenic 35-minute drive from Hermanus and a two-hour drive from Cape Town.

Features & Details

  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Fuel type: Diesel
  • Twin Engine
  • Dodger
  • Center Cockpit
  • Bimini
  • Wheel steering
  • Cabin
  • Outboard Engine

Approximate Location

You’ll get directions to the departure location when you make a booking.

The boat's approximate location on a map

Cancellation Policy

Full refund up to 5 days prior.

Additional Terms & Information

Privately charter the boat, no matter if you are a small family group or a large corporate wishing to charter the boat, we offer this exclusivity all year round for any of our trips – Whale watching, Eco Marine watching for the avid photographer or experience our magnificent Sunset trip. Exclusivity means the boat is yours to use for a 2hr period, ideal for the photographer that wishes to move all around the boat and capture photos without having to worry about someone stepping in the way. We offer a wide selection of food platters, and these can be found on our booking page under refreshments. We provide 2 complimentary platters of your choice with all private charters.

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