Whale watching

Whales can be spotted by looking for white patches in the ocean where the waves break on their bodies. When they breach they also cause a huge white splash. Whales are along our coastline during the months of May to December, so make sure that you come to see them at the right time of year! Whales can be seen from land, but there are also many boat-based tours available. Seeing your first whale is an experience you will never forget.

Whale Festival 29 September 2017 – 01 October 2017

Restaurants

There are many fine restaurants within close proximity of the Harbour House Hotel. Included in our round up are select fine dining restaurants, from highly recommended wineries in the vineyards of the Hemel and Aarde Valley to dinner at the harbour’s edge.

Bookshops

Hemingway's has grown into a book emporium carrying an index of general genres in literature but specialising in Africana, Antiquarian, collectables and any unusual and often out of print books.

Come and enjoy the peacefull environment, sitting down and enjoying what u love most, may it be Shakespeare or the adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Museums/ Art Galleries

The Old Harbour Museum includes an open-air museum which is open 24 hours a day with boats, old sea wall, brine tanks and "bokkom" stands as well as an indoor museum. This houses exhibitions on natural history with whales as the most prominent feature as well as aquariums with fishes and inter-tidal creatures and on the cultural history of Hermanus, including angling and fishing papaphernalia.

Markets

Hermanus Village boasts many craft, organic and gourmet markets which celebrate local crafters and produce from the rural farming areas surrounding the town. The abundant valley boasts farms that produce everything from proteas and lavender to award winning dairy produce and Veritas award winning wines. The Fernkloof Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday and specializes in wholesome organic produce. The Hermanuspietersfontein Market, also held every Saturday, offers visitors a selection of delightful home produce and wines from the region. The ever popular Saturday Craft Market is only a few steps from the Harbour House Hotel and is on every Saturday. Visitors can enjoy browsing an array of goods, from crafts and artworks to clothes and food.



 

Beaches

Hermanus is a beautiful coastal town, boasting equally as gorgeous beaches and a lagoon which is a safe option for children to enjoy swimming in. Visitors can hire kayaks at many places in the village and spend time exploring the vast lagoon which eventually becomes the ‘Klein Rivier’ in Stanford. Grotto beach seems to stretch on as far as the eye can see. Beach activities enjoyed by visitors include sun-bathing and walking on the beach, as well as horseback riding, which is a wonderful way to explore the landscape.



 

Nature Reserve/ Hiking Trails

There are wonderful walks in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, ranging from short walks to all day hikes. Maps of the reserve are available at their information office.



 

Wine

Wines produced in Hermanus and the greater Overberg region, have garnered international acclaim. Tastings at any of the fifteen strong destinations on the wine route through Hermanus will attest to the wonderful wines produced in the region. Apart from producing beautiful and elegant wines, the vineyards are also a feast for the eyes. Explore the Hemel & Aarde Valley for an unforgettable wine tasting experience, making sure to schedule a lunch stop at one of the renowned wineries.



 

Abalone Farm Tours

When Hermanus was founded 150 years ago, perlemoen/abalone was abundant on the shoreline. The fishing industry was the first economic base of the town and became its first tourist attraction as well. Over the years the bounty of fish was greedily harvested, many species disappeared and men turned their attention to the prized shellfish, abalone.



 

Chairman's Bucket List

Our Chairman is passionate about experiences and has gone out of his way to identify the top places in the area and compile them onto a list for our guests. Please click here to view the current Chairman's Bucket list.