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Hermanus, the world's foremost land based whale watching destination, is a thriving holiday resort offering residents and holiday makers all modern amenities, yet retaining its fisherman's village charm. The popular resort town of Hermanus, situated between mountain and sea, has gained world-wide recognition as the world's foremost land based whale watching destination. This has resulted in the former fishing village showing a tremendous growth over the last few years.

Is the red tide in Hermanus harmful to swimmers?

Is the red tide in Hermanus harmful to swimmers?

The red tide currently visible in Walker Bay are harmful to mussels and filter organisms such as red bait and oysters  but it does not pose any danger to people swimming in the ocean. It’s a non-toxic species, but if the concentration becomes too high, it could cause fish mortalities through bloom decay and anoxia.

Members of the public are asked to call the department’s Red Tide Information answering service on (021) 434 4457 to get updates on the tide’s status.
Red Tide, Blue Tide: Bioluminescence in the Ocean

Red Tide, Blue Tide: Bioluminescence in the Ocean

Red tides, which often contain harmful algal blooms (HABs), are caused by chemical reactions that occur between algae and other substances.

Hermanus Passion Play on Good Friday 25 March 2016

Hermanus Passion Play on Good Friday 25 March 2016

On the very first Good Friday, more than 2000 years ago, three crosses were erected on a hill in Calvary.  Jesus Christ was crucified in the middle, with two criminals, probably murderers, at his sides.  The obvious arrangement of these three crosses carries an important message

Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?

Is Climate Change Ruining Wine Corks?

Scientists think rising temperatures and increased exposure to ultraviolet, or UV, light brought on by climate change may be behind chemical changes in the bark of cork oaks.

What do we know about Loggerhead turtles?

What do we know about Loggerhead turtles?

To see these magnificent creatures make their way up the beach, dig a hole with their flippers, lay their eggs, carefully cover up their nest...

Congrats Gansbaai! Gold award for Best Destination for Responsible Tourism 2015

Congrats Gansbaai! Gold award for Best Destination for Responsible Tourism 2015

Gansbaai is like an oyster that the local fishermen have opened only to discover a pearl inside...

New Tarred Road between Gansbaai and Bredasdorp Opens

New Tarred Road between Gansbaai and Bredasdorp Opens

Mayor of Cape Agulhas Richard Mitchell said “Road infrastructure is one of our economic pillars and contributes to a better travelling experience”.

Hermanus buzz on a Saturday Morning

Hermanus buzz on a Saturday Morning

I was kept very busy in Hermanus on Saturday morning.  There were so many activities I battled to fit it all in.

Hermanus gets ready for whale of a time

Hermanus gets ready for whale of a time

They have penguins, they have sharks, they have dolphins and seals but the main stars of this weekend are, of course, the whales. The rush to the whale coast is on, as the 24th annual Hermanus Whale Festival starts on Friday 2nd till Sunday 24 October 2015.

Die Wonderwerk van die Mayflower (vissersboot) in Hermanus 1901

Die Wonderwerk van die Mayflower (vissersboot) in Hermanus 1901

Die dorp slaap nog rustig. In die baai beweeg ses man rond om visgerei en boot reg te kry.  Dis om en by halfdrie toe hulle die Mayflower vissersboot in die water stoot.

The Paradise Seeker, a music eco-thriller for all ages at The Hermanus Whale Festival

Is the story of Oliver, a brave young otter, and his family who leave their Hermanus lagoon to escape pollution and dwindling food to seek a rumoured Paradise Island where no humans interfere.

#Whale Coast Conservation exhibit @ #Hermanus #WhaleFestival 2015

#Whale Coast Conservation exhibit @ #Hermanus #WhaleFestival 2015

Shark Egg Case Project  - Citizens, school groups, intern groups and Working for the Coast employees contribute to scientific knowledge about sharks by collecting...

Shark Cage Diving near Shark Alley in Gansbaai, South Africa

Shark Cage Diving near Shark Alley in Gansbaai, South Africa

Looking for the ultimate shark diving experience in South Africa? Tick off your bucket list!

Visit one of the many Saturday morning Markets in Hermanus

At weekends, Hermanus becomes a hive of informal markets

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