The Marine Hotel
Main Road, Hermanus, 7200, South Africa
| +27 28 313 1000
Take it Easy Like The Whales of HermanusHermanus (thankfully no longer known as Hermanuspietersfontein) is famous for the Southern Right Whales that are known to frolic in Walker Bay. I heard you could see whales from the cliffs in Hermanus, but I was skeptical. The claim seemed like a too-perfect-ploy to lure tourist dollars into a tiny fishing town, so I perched myself outside the Marine Hotel to see for myself.
Moments after I stepped outside, with no binoculars needed, I spotted a huge whale waving a fin in the air and enjoying the sunny day about 30 feet from shore.
I was captivated by the dramatic cliffs, the kelp forests waving in the clear shallows below and of course, the marine life. I spent a leisurely wandering the cliffs, inhaling salty air and watching for waving whales.
When I grew tired of watching from shore, I boarded a whale watching cruise for a closer view. The captain shared a million interesting facts about the Southern Right Whales who live, mate and eat in Walker Bay from June to December. I had reached Hermanus at the tail end of the whale watching season and still saw dozens of very active whales. At the height of the season, whale-spotting planes report hundreds of whales in the bay at any given time.