The Best Spots for Whale Watching in Cape Town

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The Cape Coastal area is pretty much ground zero for whale-watching, seeing thousands of tourists and locals flock to the coast’s seaside towns in the hope of catching some aquatic-mammal action; but which spots are the best?

Of course, Hermanus is the first to be mentioned by most people, featuring an annual Whale Festival which almost guarantees some great sightings and breachings. The Overberg town also features the Whale House Museum, so you can scrub up on your whale trivia and history while visiting the bustling yet quaint area.

While home to an amazing naval base and museum, Simon’s Town is also a fantastic spot for whale-spotting. The area also features the sole permit for boat-based whale watching in the western half of the False Bay area from between Cape Point and Strandfontein, so that you can get up-cl0se and personal with the majestic ocean giants.

And any local who knows his whale-watching will vouch that Fish Hoek is one of the most underrated whale-spotting locales in the region. At the northern side of Fish Hoek Bay, between Fish Hoek Beach and Sunny Cove, the area is a favourite hang-out spot for Southern Right Whales. Many whales find themselves floating around right in the centre of the bay, 150-odd metres out from the beach, which makes for some spectacular viewings from guesthouses along the coast. Check out the below video from luxury guesthouse, A Whale of a Time:


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Having to travel great distances to find the whales is one thing, but having some frolicking around in front of your apartment view, while you sit back and sip on a G&T, is priceless. With Simon’s Town being a 12-minute drive away, staying in Fish Hoek is a great option, essentially giving you two diverse whale-watching options in one.

With plenty to see and do in Fish Hoek and surrounds, A Whale of a Time is a true hidden gem on the Cape Town travel scene. The location offers guests easy access to some of Cape Town’s best tourist attractions as well as much loved local hangouts. Whether you’re wanting to soak up the sun on one of the many nearby beaches; visiting popular sites like Boulders Beach and Cape Point; or are craving a taste of local food and wine, it’s all on your doorstep.

Another incredible shot from A Whale of a Time’s viewpoint:

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For more information and to book your stay now visit the A Whale of a Time website. Keep up to date with news and special offers on the A Whale of a Time Facebook page and Instagram.

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