Whale-watching season in Hermanus is in full swing and The Marine hotel is inviting locals to make the most of this special time of the year, by booking a stay for three nights and only paying for two nights. (Rates start from R3 050 per room per night and include full English breakfast for two, as well as complimentary minibar. Special offer is valid for stays until 31 August 2022.)
Traditionally, whale watching season falls between July and November when Southern Right whales are spotted frolicking in the beautiful bays of Hermanus. The area is favoured as the choice mating and breeding grounds for the species, and presents the perfect base to experience these unforgettable sightings.
At The Marine guests are encouraged to keep their ears open for the whale bell, which gets rung at the hotel whenever a whale is spotted in the bay below. The Southern Right whale is one of the largest species of whale with females between 14 and 16 metres long and males from 13 to 15 metres, and adult whales weighing between 40 and 50 tons. Whale moms come close to shore as they need to get the calf, who can weigh over 900kg at birth, to the surface of the water for its first breath after it is born. This provides guests of The Marine with the delightful opportunity to experience what is rated as the finest land-based whale watching in the world, sometimes even from the comfort of their guest room!
Located on Hermanus’ famous cliff path, overlooking the breathtaking Walker Bay, The Marine is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Families with children are welcome, as well as their ‘furry friends’ who will receive 5-star treatment, complete with a special doggy menu, toys and 5-star hotel bedding provided. For those looking for even more privacy and exclusivity, The Marine also offers the option to book a dedicated wing ideal for families and multi-generational travel.