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Address: New Harbour, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Phone Number: 028 313 2722

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We are the lucky ones. Though the weather was quite cloudy, but we got to see some whales. There were even two that swam close to our boat and right underneath us. We did see some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2016
George Town, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had read a lot of reviews before going on the tour and a lot of people talking about the choppy water, but to be fair you are going on a boat to see whales it's going to be choppy. We left on time, got safety talk, they let us know where whales were at all times (we seen six).

Thank Deetravelsaround
Paris, France
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our nine AM tour only departed at 10h45 because of technical issue. We learned while waiting that the defect was discovered the day before but that the mechanic would only be available in the morning. Despite knowing this well in advance the mechanic only showed up after scheduled departure time rather then making an early start. While waiting we were... More 

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George Town, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

We are the lucky ones. Though the weather was quite cloudy, but we got to see some whales. There were even two that swam close to our boat and right underneath us. We did see some seals too. The tour started with a safety briefing at the New Harbour. It was very organised and informative during the briefing. There were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

We visited at the beginning of November and were a little bit nervous that the whales might have moved on, but we were very lucky because we found a mom and baby! We headed out on slightly rough seas, but you don't even notice it because of the excitement of what's to come! we eventually pulled up to another boat... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

Our hostel booked this up for us the day before we were supposed to go on this trip at 9am, get there nice and early 8:15 to be told our names were not down so we drive back to the hostel and the lad tried ringing them but they weren't answering the phone! We decided to go back down there... More 

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Weybridge, Surrey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Organised and safety conscious operation. The guy doing the commentary was excellent and had a good sense of humour. We got to see a number of whales and a mother and calf very close up so no complaints there. Whole event was under two hours so could perhaps have been slightly longer although we saw what we came for. Would... More 

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Surrey, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

I suppose if you are in Hermanus in October then you have to go whale watching, but it’s really nothing special. >2 hours just to see the back of a whale and a calf for 10 minutes, all for R1400 for 2 = £35/head - expensive by SA standards. We had a better viewing by chance in Table Bay on... More 

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Seville, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

I rated this activity as average, because Hermanus lives to its reputation of best land-based whale watching in the world so well, that you don't really need to get onto a boat to get great views of the whales, especially considering that as the boats are not allowed to navigate in the bay itself (which is where most of the... More 

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

we did this trip pre booked by the travel agent's ,did not book boat as the weather could be iffy,this was the right thing to do as there was a short but not sail worthy condition's,local firm transport and local guide(Roger) local knowledge a must on these trip's,seen mother whale's with calf's,also whales leaving the water (leaping) spent time watching... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We went whale watching on 7th Oct 2015, and just like another review on here, the water was quite choppy that day and this company was the only one going out on the water in the afternoon (perhaps this should have been the first alarm bell). However, we only had one day in hermanus so my friend and i opted... More 

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