The Marine, Hermanus is nestled on top of the cliffs of Walker Bay and is one of South Africa’s breathtaking seaside hotels. Between June and November each year, the whale-watching season is at its peak and for 2021, the Marine hotel invites all locals to make the most of this special time by booking a stay at up to 25% discount on the bed and breakfast rate.
Traditionally, whales are spotted frolicking in the beautiful bays of Hermanus. The area is known as mating and breeding grounds for these gorgeous species and it presents a memorable sight for any who passes by.
Due to the pandemic, organisers were forced to cancel the annual Hermanus Whale Festival, but one of the greatest experiences of the natural world will be carrying on regardless with whales arriving in the protected bays of the Overberg seaside town – daily.
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 down below. The Southern Right whale is one of the largest species of whale with females between 14 and 16 meters long and males from 13 to 15 meters, while adult whales weigh between 40 and 50 tons.
The Marine team are passionate about whale conservation and commit themselves to support the Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit who offer symbolic adoptions of Southern Right Whales.
The Marine has embraced this educational and conservational project with the adoption of ‘Maggie the whale’, who can be recognised by a small grey marking on her back. Maggie was the first Southern Right whale to ever be identified in our beautiful South African ocean.
For many years Maggie has returned to Hermanus on a regular basis having ten calves in normal three-year calving intervals along the South African coast.
The phenomenal exposure provides guests of the hotel with a mesmerising view of the finest land-based whale watching in the entire world. The Marine currently offers a big save to our pennies as locals who need of a break and change of scenery.
Offers include ideal remote-working conditions, allowing guests to combine work and pleasure. Families with children are welcome – as well as their furry partners who will receive a 5-star treatment paired with a special doggy menu, toys and 5-star hotel bedding.
For those looking for even more privacy and exclusivity, The Marine also offers the option to book a dedicated wing that’s ideal for families and multi-generational travel.
Starting from R2 800 per room per night, guests receive a scrumptious full English breakfast, as well as a complimentary minibar. All room types feature free WIFI and have a desk or dedicated workspace available to cater to guests needing to work during their stay. Excellent Covid-19 safety protocols are in place.