Southern Right Charters

Southern Right Charters is a respected operator which has been in business since 1999. The company is progressive and environmentally sensitive, operating with the motto and ethos of “Observing NOT Disturbing”. Southern Right Charters offers boat-based whale watching tours from the New Harbour in Hermanus, the Capital of the Cape Whale Coast, and operates within the local waters of Walker Bay, regarded as one of the best whale watching areas in the world.

Operator Details

Southern Right Charters

Physical Address:
Corner of Westcliff Drive & Stil Rd

Permit Area:
Subarea 1 & 2

Date Formed:

Operator Contact

Tel (Office):
+27 82 353-0550

Tel (Mobile):
+27 82 353-0550

Website Address:

Email Address:
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Permit Details

Vessel Name:

Departure Area:
New Hermanus harbour

Passenger Capacity:

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About US

From June to December you will usually encounter southern right whales, seals, penguins, marine birds and often see Bryde’s whales, dolphins and humpback whales on this inspiring and educational tour. Our purpose-built catamaran, 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 adds that personal touch to ensure an all-round great experience


The Vessel

Our whale watching boat was purpose built to ensure maximum passenger comfort and superior stability. The different areas offers spectacular viewing opportunities, with the side and front deck giving that up close view of the whale and sun deck above giving you that panoramic view of the entire whale. Southern Right Charters is licensed to carry 70 passengers and 5 crew members.

The Trip

Daily trips, during whale season (June –December) at 9h00, 12h00 and 15h00 daily. All trip are weather permitting. Arrival time is 30 minutes prior for our on land briefing before we head down to our floating jetty to board the boat. Our permit entitles us to approach the whales up to 50m and then we stop to observe. Being naturally curious, the whales normally approach the boat to observe us! This is an inspirational experience to be treasured. During the tour our friendly crew is on hand to make sure you have a great experience, from helping you get the perfect photo opportunity to serving your light refreshments. Our Whale Specialist guide will interpret the marine life encountered en-route and provide insight into the behavior of the whales while you are watching them in action. Our interpreter guide keeps our European guests informed throughout the tour and our videographer will ensure that the best footage is captured.

Operator Reviews

Great Tour & Excellent Customer Service

5 5 1
“Our family had a great time watching the whales and the crew made sure that we had good sightings. What impressed me more was the after service. I had ordered the DVD of the tour and unfortunately it did not reach me due to postal issues. These people (especially Janeske) went out of their way to sent it to me 3 times on different addresses till the time I finally got it. Great example of customer service.”

Up close and personal!

5 5 1
“This was a true highlight of my time in Hermanus! I learned so much about southern right whales, saw them swimming, breaching, taking care of their babies up close, and enjoyed a beautiful boat ride around Hermanus (with indoor, outdoor, or even splash zone seating options). The staff were wonderful and so knowledgable. They made the experience fun for all! They even gave out drinks and snacks. Will definitely be doing this again on my next visit. THANK YOU, Southern Right Charters!”

A memorable experience!

5 5 1
“I've always wanted to go whale watching in Hermanus and having booked with Walker Bay Adventures, I certainly was not disappointed. I booked online well in advance for their boat trip - the entire process was effortless. On the day, we were greeted with friendly staff and blessed with a gorgeous sunny day. Before we jumped onto their purpose-built catamaran, our guides gave us an informative introduction to the Southern Right whales. Once on the impressive (& immaculate) catamaran we headed out for an experience of a lifetime. Even though we were there during very late season, we saw whales (2 cows with calves!), penguins and even seals. The whales swam right under the catamaran! It was utterly incredible! The guides are professional and informative. Snacks and soft drinks are served too (included in price). We were out in the Bay for a good 2-2.5hrs so was excellent value for money.”
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