Hermanus (originally called Hermanuspietersfontein, but shortened as the name was too long for the postal service), is a town on the southern coast of the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is famous for southern right whale watching during the southern winter and spring and is a popular retirement town. The whales can be seen from the cliffs in the town centre as early as June and usually depart in early December. They were once hunted in the nearby town of Betty's Bay, but are now protected to ensure the survival of the species.
Open Water Swimming
The Benguela Cove Lagoon Swim is an open water swimming competition held in the Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Hermanus and organized by Big Bay Events. The inaugural 1- and 3-mile races will be held on 18 October 2015.