Southern Right Charters, Hermanus

4.4
#1 of 27 in Tours in Hermanus
Experience an up, close and personal encounter with the gentle giants of the ocean by joining us on a whale watching trip that promises to be an ‘experience to be treasured.’

For the last decade, Southern Right Charters as a licensed permit holder has operated under the ethos and motto of: ‘Observing NOT Disturbing’.

The safety and conservation of the whales and marine life is principal. Under this ethos we believe it is our obligation to ensure the service offered is informative and educational.

From June to December you will mostly encounter the Southern Right whales, seals, penguins and marine birds, and often see dolphins, Bryde’s and Humpback whales on many of our trips. We are licensed to approach the whales up to 50m, being curious creatures they usually come right unto the vessel.

Our purpose-built catamaran Miroshca, complies with all safety regulations and its configuration provides spectacular viewing and comfort. Four different viewing levels allow passengers the best viewing opportunities. The friendly, knowledgeable crew add that personal touch to ensure an all-round great experience.
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  • Superb trip where we saw many whales, and enjoyed seeing their exuberant behaviour and coming the boat to investigate us. And a pod of dolphins joining us on the way back was the icing on the cake...  more »
  • Very professional company, nice boat. They tell you where to spot the whales and other animals you may encounter, which is very nice. Big plus for student discount! They also capture the tour on...  more »
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  • Best whale watching, quite spectacular. The guide was amazing, but take care: the boat is moving A LOT in the waves, so when you are not used to it, take pills before. Saw whales just 5m from our boat!
  • Ultimately I would not return to Southern Right Whale Charters. My iPhone was pickpocketed by a group of local children swimming in the bay positioned immediately next to the port for the tour. They were allowed to run up to guests as we left the tour, and stole my phone without me noticing after I had given them food after they begged for money. I felt very unsafe and taken advantage of, and the locals who witnessed it said this was not the first time this has happened. That said, the staff was very kind and tried very hard to help us get our phone back. They told us to report it to the police and even helped act as a conduit to speak with them as we only had my husband’s international phone. There was a local parking attendant who initially was pressuring us to give him more money and made us feel very uncomfortable, but when we realized we lost our phone he actually drove around to try to find out who took it. However, we are suspicious he may have been in on it, given he was also hassling us for money like the children had right as our phone was being stolen, and he seemed to know all of them. The tour itself was great, as we got to see several dolphins swimming and playing around the boat. we saw a couple of whales but didn’t get a great view. I leaned a few facts about the whales but that was less memorable honestly than the dolphins. Overall it would be a good overall experience but I would be weary of entering the bay again where there is public swimming and not good security in the area. It felt like a big tourist trap.
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