23 June 2011 by Roy Barford

Boat based whale watching in Hermanus

Hermanus is said to be the world’s best destination for whale watching, with some excellent vantage points from the shoreline, as well as a number of boat tours to choose from. The months between June and December are the best for whale watching in this area.

This week I was lucky enough to be a guest on board the Miroshca, a vessel owned by Southern Right Charters, who have been operating in Hermanus for 11 years. The double-decker boat can accommodate up to 70 passengers and features a bar and a lounge. Live commentary is available in English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish.

Despite being a winter’s day in the Western Cape, the temperature was above 20 degrees and there was no sign of rain, with miles of excellent visibility. We headed out from the old harbour in Hermanus, across the bay toward Gansbaai.

Given that I spend a large amount of time at a desk every day, being out on the ocean on a sunny day was a satisfying experience on its own, but being within a few metres of 25-ton frolicking whales for the first time was something special.

Given that I spend a large amount of time at a desk every day, being out on the ocean on a sunny day was a satisfying experience on its own, but being within a few metres of 25-ton frolicking whales for the first time was something special.

A sudden change of wind direction resulted in some unexpected swells and I quickly realized that the whiskies the night before and the full English breakfast shortly before the boat trip were not my finest decisions. Other passengers who had sensibly taken seasickness tablets and cut down on breakfast appeared to feel fine. Follow their example instead of mine is all I can say.

To book a whale watching tour with Southern Right Charters, phone +27(0)82 353 0550 or send an email to info@southernrightcharters.co.za . They are also Twitter and Facebook, where the above photo is taken from.

Hermanus is a 90-minute drive from Cape Town and offers a massive range of accommodation and activities.

Category: Adventure, Attractions, Wildlife

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