• Fully equipped kitchenette.

Seasonal Activities

Hermanus is known as the whale watching capital of the world. Both from land and from sea this is an unforgettable experience. Visit Hermanus between June and Nov to experience this.

Boat based whale watching

Whale watching from up-close. Take a two hour long excursion to experience the Southern Right whale in it’s natural habitat.

Considering that whales can be seen from as close as a few metres from the rocky cliffs, Hermanus deserves its title of best land based whale watching in the world. The most enjoyable aspect to whale watching in Hermanus is the ability to wander the cliff paths which stretch from one side of town to the other - some 12 kilometers in all.

With access to the paths from many points, one can opt to walk only as far as one pleases. Interpretative signboards providing visitors with essential information on the Southern Right whales at various points between the New Harbour and Grotto Beach.

Typical Whale behaviour:

Breaching

Whales can lift their entire bodies out of the water in massive, graceful leaps. Keep watching as they usually breach three to five times in succession. A whale may push three-quarters, or more, of its body out the water and fall back into the sea with an enormous splash - a spectacular sight! Scientists are not yet sure whether this is a means of communication, an aggressive display, or simply an act of sheer exuberance.

Spyhopping

Whales lift their heads and part of their bodies out of the water vertically. This gives them a 360° view of the world above the water. Could this be out of curiosity? 

Lobtailing

Whales slap their tails on the surface producing loud claps. This may be done repeatedly over long periods of time. It may be a form of social communication or a warning to rival whales or sharks.

Sailing

Whales sometimes lift their tails clear of the water for long periods. This could be a means of catching the wind to ‘sail’ through the water, or as a way of cooling down. Some locals believe whales just enjoy showing off a well-turned tail.

Blowing

This is the hollow, echoing sound made when air is expelled from the lungs through the blowhole, accompanied by a spout of water vapour. The shape of the spout enables whale watchers to identify the type of whale.

Grunting

A loud, bellowing sound that carries up to 2km, often heard at night.

Playing with kelp

Whales may be seen within the outer edges of kelp beds, or actively manipulating pieces of floating kelp over their backs or heads. They appear to enjoy this contact and the kelp possibly acts as a rough loofah for the release of dead skin and whale lice.ade when air is expelled from the lungs through the blowhole, accompanied by a spout of water vapour. The shape of the spout enables whale watchers to identify the type of whale.