Arabella Estate

The Hermanus Whale Festival


Welcome to the Hermanus Whale Festival – the only Eco-Marine festival in South Africa


The 26th Hermanus Whale Festival is a celebration of the whales and all marine life- above and below the ocean! Packed with community and cultural activities, we dish up great food, quality crafters, great sport events, kiddies entertainment, a music stage with artists consciously performing during the festival, a Vintage Car Show, an interactive marine themed eco village, adventure activities down in the Old Harbour and of course whale watching- Land, Boat and Air based whale watching!

Festival theme

We have embarked upon a major campaign to change the way ocean wildlife is treated on the Cape Whale Coast.  Our interactive exhibitions are aimed at the youth, our future conservationists. By reaching children at an early age, we leave them with a love, passion and respect for marine wildlife and the knowledge to preserve our blue planet.

The Hermanus Whale Festival highlights local efforts to protect the whales from extinction, through ocean-themed activities and exhibits that emphasize education and environmentally responsible adventures and products.

Join the thousands of people who will again celebrate the fun in the sun in this beautiful seaside village!

What you can expect at the Hermanus Whale Festival

The festival combines whale watching from shore and sea with live shows, hands-on family fun, street parades, film, music, seafood and local produce

  •     An inter-active Eco – Marine Village Tent as our main focus are on conservation
  • Treasure hunt in the Eco – Marine Tent for the kiddies on Saturday and Sunday (12-2)
  • KFM Live on Market Square
  • Great food at the festival as well as restaurants in Hermanus
  • Quality crafters on Market Square
  • Kiddies Entertainment on Market Square
  • The Famous Street Parade on Saturday Morning
  • Whales and Wheels Classic Car Show
  • Coke Music Marquee on Gearing’s Point
  • Watershed “Live” on the 29th of September 2017 – Coke Music marquee on Gearings Point.
  • Oldies But Goldies Tribute ShowOldies But Goldies Tribute Show – 20 September 2017
  • Music marquee on Gearings Point


For more information please visit or call +27 (0)71 606 3261