Southern Right Charters, Hermanus

4.4
#2 of 28 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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  • Booking in advance is a must! We book ourselves on an afternoon trip to go and look for whales. As we'd seen a lot of the from the shore, we had great confidence in finding at least a few to see up cl...  more »
  • We had a boat trip in mid-November to spot whales. This period was, as we had already indicated, a bit on the late side and that there would not be so many whales. Nevertheless, we were able to see one more distance, so still a bit successful.
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  • Boat trip to observe sea fauna, especially the whale. We have seen many beautiful dolphins, seals and penguins. At the end of the tour we were also able to see a timid whale!! Folks, we were offered a snack on board. Before leaving they made a very clear explanation on whales. Recommended!
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  • Very professional in presentation and booking process. Also, I liked that the team send us a reminder the day before. We were so much looking forward to the experience and were excited when we arrived at the Whale Shack. Yes, we did see some whales and it was beautiful. Unfortunately, the boat was too full to allow an authentic experience. There were so many people on the boat that you couldn't just move to the other side when you wanted to because there were so many people blocking the way and the view. The reality on board was miles away from the pictures you can find on their website. It's not that we felt unsafe. It's the fact that they crammed so many people in just to make some more money, that left a bad impression. The captain was nice and was told us some interesting information about whales. But he didn't make a very enthusiastic impression and looked like he'd be rather somewhere else and as if he took this tour already too often. Such a shame, because in total the negative points really reduced the experience to a fair, super-touristy something and left us back a bit disappointed, especially in regards to the price of the tour.
  • I had a really fantastic experience with Southern Right Charters. It is one thing to see the whales from the cliffs in Hermanus but to visit them a bit more inside the bay is just amazing. Personally I was afraid of sea sickness but their boat was very sturdy and I had no problems. The information prior and during the trip had been really helpful to understand the gentle giants.
  • We had an amazing experience with Southern Right Charters! We saw plenty of whales and there was an expert on the boat who gave us plenty of interesting facts about whales for the duration of the trip. The whales came extremely close to the boat which made this trip worth every penny. They also knew where to find the whales. One of the crew members also had a drone with which he captured the whale sightings for the trip. The drone was also useful seeing as it hovers above the whale before the whale surfaces so that the whale watchers know where to look in order not to miss it. I would definitely recommend Southern Right Charters to anyone who wants to go whale watching by boat. PS. Remember to take a warm jacket with you on the boat. It also helps to drink motion sickness tablets two hours before your trip.
  • Great way to spend some time in season. Skipper knowledgeable, accommodating, experienced. Lots of life jackets available. Office staff can be a bit crusty. They will NOT hold the boat for you if you are running late. Tour time vary depending on how active the whales are.
  • The crew were amazing and patient, treating the experience with insightful information. Making a fun educational tourist event. Not forgetting the beautiful majestic whales and sea life, I more than ever believe God is real and great.
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