Hermanus is famous for Southern Right whale watching during the southern winter to spring seasons. The whales can be seen from the cliffs all along the coast from as early as June and usually depart in early-December.
Visitors can watch whales from the cliff-tops, from the air or via boat-based whale watching. Since August 1992, Hermanus has the world’s only Whale Crier. He sounds his kelp horn to announce where whales have been sighted.
Hermanus hosts an annual whale festival at the end of September, to celebrate the calving and mating season. Residents and visitors celebrate the migration of Southern Right Whales and other marine wildlife with ocean-themed activities and exhibitions. The empohasis is on education and environmentally responsible adventures and activities.
Prior to this main whale festival a Kalfiefees is held, to welcome the first whales (usually in August). Both festivals are characterised by food and craft stalls, environmental presentations and South African drama productions.
The Old Harbour Museum contains several exhibitions that explain the whaling industry. The De Wetshuis Photo Museum houses an exhibition of photos by T. D. Ravenscroft that depicts the history of Hermanus. The Whale Museum houses a skeleton of a whale and shows an audio-visual presentation of whales and dolphins twice daily.
Grotto Beach is the largest beach in Hermanus and has also been proclaimed a “Blue Flag” beach. Other beaches with Blue Flag status include Voëlklip, Onrus, Kammabaai, Langbaai, and Hawston.
Close to Hermanus you will find the Fernkloof Nature Reserve – a fynbos paradise for nature lovers and hikers.
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