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The sheer coastline of Walker Bay allows migrating southern right whales to approach within meters of the shore.

They take shelter from June until December, making this the premier land-based whale watching destination in the world.

Great white sharks

Boat trips provide the opportunity to get closer to these enormous creatures as well as their deep-sea neighbors, the great white sharks and teeming colonies of playful seals.


Walker Bay, Hermanus, South AfricaThe backdrop of stunning white-sand beaches and towering sand dunes carpeted in fynbos complete a wonderful experience. The center of the marine activity is the pretty harbor town of Hermanus, where a whale crier announces nearby sightings with loud blasts on his dry kelp horn.

As well as the whales, sharks and the beautiful and unique shoreline, the area also boasts several vineyards fast gaining international recognition.

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Victoria Falls helicopter ride

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Map of the Whale Coast

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    Places near the Whale Coast

    Accommodation choices for the Whale Coast

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Whale Coast. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Hermanus Beach Villa, Hermanus

      Hermanus Beach Villa


      This attractive villa has the charm and atmosphere of a private beachside home, providing a peaceful, intimate base for your time in Hermanus. Spend time whale watching from your private balcony, relax on the beach or head into town to browse Hermanus’ shops and restaurants.

    • Second floor with sea view, Villa Blu, Hermanus

      Villa Blu


      Whilst Villa Blu is slightly out of Hermanus and set back from the beach we feel it is a great base for the area as taxis can be arranged for the evening and it is just a short walk down to the beach to see the whales.