Hermanus named best whale watching spot in the world

Posted by Adrian Brown on 2 May 2019

The quaint and picturesque seaside town of Hermanus has been named the top spot in the world for whale-watching in the Telegraph’s 10 of the world’s best whale-watching holidays for 2019.

With festivities like the Hermanus Whale Festival it comes as no surprise that the local destination has been hailed the best in the world. The international publication described the town as “a small fishing village”, noting the migration of the Southern Right whale as a must-see event.

“Heading out to sea isn’t everyone’s cup of tea- and you don’t have too if you go to the small fishing village of Hermanus, overlooking the Atlantic two hours east of Cape Town. Southern right whales come to calf and mate off this coast between June and November, performing their acrobatics incredibly close to the shore. Tailor-made specialist Turquoise Holidays includes a visit to Hermanus on its 10-day South Africa itinerary,” the story reads.

These majestic and gargantuan sized marine mammals travel to the coastal region of Hermanus, birthing and caring for their new born calves. Known for their friendly and playful nature, Southern Right whales can weight over 47 tons and reach a height of 18m.

Here is a list of the top 10 whale-watching spots, according to The Telegraph: 

1. Hermanus – South Africa

2. California – United States of America

3. Canary Islands

4. Vancouver Island – Canada

5. San Ignacio Lagoon- Mexico

6. Grundarfjorour – Iceland

7. Queensland – Australia

8. Cetaceans – Azores

9. Christchurch – New Zealand

10. Madeira – Portuguese Island


Aside from being the world best whale-watching destination, here’s what else the small fishing village has to offer:

  1. Idyllic beaches


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All together in perfect harmony . . #sunset #hermanus #beach #beautiful #views #naturephotography

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2. Aside from the thriving marine life, other small creatures can be spotted in the town. Dassies are known to make an appearance along the rocky terrain surrounding the beach.


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This is so cute #hermanus#socute😍#wildlife

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3. The shoreline features green, lush vegetation.


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Amazing 🙏🏻❤️💕#hermanuscliffpath #blessed @paulinebentley the ocean is here ☝🏻today

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4. Take a hike along the surrounding mountains to soak up the sun, for a dose of nature.


5. Tuck into a sweet treat on offer at Belgian Waffles, Beer and Burgers.


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Salted caramel waffle #waffles #belgianwaffles #foodporn #hermanus #bakery

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Picture: Kyle in CPT, instagram


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