Whale Watching Hermanus


Whale Watching from Land:  Hermanus and Walker Bay are known as the best place in the world to do land-based whale watching. Between June and December, Southern Right Whales migrate from the icy waters of Antarctica to these warmer sheltered bays to court, mate and calf. They can seen as close as 30 meters from the shore, breaching, spraying, tail slapping and lob tailing.

With Mosaic’s unique position adjacent to Walker Bay Beach, our guests’ favorite place for peaceful, private whale viewing is from the top of sand dunes at a secluded part of the beach. You will hop aboard an open air game vehicle for a 4×4 excursion to this serene venue and sip your favorite beverage. Along the way, our passionate guides will be on the lookout for interesting birds, plants and insects to share knowledge about. Whales can also be viewed from the coastal cliffs of Hermanus or De Kelders, 30 kms from Mosaic.

Whale Watching from Water:  For exciting boat-based whale watching, we will book you with Dyer Island Cruises in Gansbaai for a fabulous experience. Led by marine biologists, you will learn about the whales’ welfare and the importance of conserving these gentle giants. Boats can’t approach the whales too closely, but often the curious whales approach the boats for close up encounters. Chances are good you will see all of the Marine Big 5:  Whales, dolphin, seals, penguins and great white sharks.

Whale Watching from the Air:  A flight over Walker Bay is truly an experience of a lifetime.  It is from the air that the vast quantities of whales can be seen, along with the expanse of white sand dunes, gorgeous mountains and Hermanus Lagoon that Mosaic is positioned on. We will arrange a 30 minute flight from an air strip in Stanford.

Whale watching from Walker Bay Beach is an activity that’s included in a stay at Lagoon Lodge. Guests at Mosaic Cottages can reserve a whale watching beach excursion for an additional charge and it is best to pre-book. Whale watching from a boat or plane are additional charges and we are happy to arrange this for you.  The migration season for the whales is from June through December, so make sure to book a stay with us during these months if whale watching is on top of your bucket list!