Hermanus was buzzing on the day we took our trip (although November is at the end of the whale watching season) , but the many adjustments to street directions and parking have made for a lovely whale watching promenade, along with restaurants and cafes - without a feeling of too many people. Heartening to see so many international visitors enjoying this charming coastal village. Although the addition of some new hotels has somewhat diminished the "sleepiness" of the town - it was great to see the improvement in tourism facilities.
Whale Watchers is the first whale sight seeing outfit as you enter the Hermanus Harbour, and decked out in bright orange is hard to miss.
Our only hiccup was an hours wait due to late arrivals of other guests which was annoying, but from then on things went swimmingly. The boat was large and comfortable with seating booth for each group, the safety instructions clear and professional. The trip to the whales took about twenty minutes and in itself was quite exciting. But the best part of course was the sighting itself. In this case a mother and her two-year old calf. We were astounded how comfortable they were getting close to the boat and it was really a stunning experience. I was impressed that the captain did not insist on disturbing them too much, and we stayed about 15 minutes before giving them some peace. We were lucky enough on this day to also see other whales, not as close, and a playful pod of dolphins. Hermanus, between June and November, is an excellent and fascinating one night gettaway for anyone visiting Cape Town.
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