Whale Watching Tips and To Do's

Geoff and I have put together a couple of tips on how to spot the Southern Right Whales in the bay and also suggestions on what you should take along on your whale watching expedition.


Here is a short list of things you may want to take on your Whale Spotting Trip.

  • Binoculars - Sometimes the whales are close enough to see better without binoculars but more often than not your binoculars will come in handy. They may also be useful if bird watching is also on your agenda.
  • Rubber soled shoes - The cliffs are not usually the best place for high heels. Sneakers have much better traction. Remember that sometimes the cliffs and cliff paths get wet and slippery
  • Picnic Lunch - It is nice to have your favourite foods while out for the day. If it is not convenient for you to pack a picnic we can pack one for you.
  • Warm clothes, a Wind Breaker or even a blanket - You may want to consider a heavy winter coat or a blanket if your trip is in the colder months of spring or winter.
  • Sunscreen, Sun Hat and Sunglasses - On sunny days you can get quite a sunburn on a whale watching expedition so sunscreen and a hat are essential. Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the glare off the water as you scan the horizon for whales.
  • Camera or Camcorder - Bring plenty of film, tapes, digital storage media and batteries.


  • Look for white patches out at sea – these are usually indicative of waves breaking over the bodies of whales. Refer to Photo Number 1
  • Sometimes rather than a white patch, you can sight a fin briefly as the whale rolls – this is a sure indicator of whale action. Refer to Photo Number 2
  • Look out for the V shaped “blow” on the ocean they are an easy way to spot the whales. Refer to Photo Number 3
  • Any giant splash out of the corner of your eye could be whales breaching, continue to look in the same direction for a while. Whales breach between 3 and 5 times in succession and sometimes even up to 7. Refer to Photo Number 4
  • Check in with the whale crier  in Hermanus, or the shark spotters on Boyes Drive for latest updates.
  • Be aware that if you take a boat-based whale-watching trip it is highly likely that you will get seasick, so be prepared.

If you'd like to get really up close and personal with the Whales Book your Boat Based Whale Watching Trip with Southern Right Charters. Check out the Photo's we took on our trip and read more on our Blog about our experience.

Have a look at the Gallery Photo's to use as a guide line. 

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