“The Ivanhoe”

Best Whale Watching Hermanus on the Queen Of The SA Whale Watching Fleet

The Ivanhoe is a 42 ft. catamaran, which was specifically designed and custom-built for whale watching. Our extensive experience gained from over 8000 close encounters with our majestic southern right whales was our inspiration for the design of the Ivanhoe. The most experienced whale skipper in South Africa specifically designed the “Ivanhoe” to provide an exceptionally safe and stable vessel from which to view hermanus whales.

From the Ivanhoe our guests have an unobstructed view of the Hermanus whales and our guests will never get wet – even in inclement weather conditions.  While the Ivanhoe is capable of carrying 40 passengers comfortably, for the indulgence of our guests, we limit passengers to 25 for every trip.  This means that all our passengers can be seated at all times making the trip far more pleasurable.

The Ivanhoe is extremely comfortable, dry and most importantly stable.  Our guests have the advantage of looking down at the Hermnaus whales from the upper viewing bridge, giving them a great perspective.  Other amenities specifically designed with the guest’s pleasure in mind are large, dry cabins on the lower deck as well as toilet facilities.  The Ivanhoe is equipped with two 4-stroke 250hp petrol engines that make the trip exceptionally quiet and pollution free.

We conform and use the highest safety standard life jackets as issued by SAMSA and The South African Maritime Safety Authority surveys the Ivanhoe annually.