Hermanus has been recognized by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world. The best time to enjoy whale watching in Hermanus is between July and November either from the beach, the famous cliff path, by boat or from the air via a scenic flight.
The Stony Point penguin colony in Betty's Bay is well worth the drive. Lots of penguins to be seen seven days a week. In 1982 a penguins started nesting at Stony Point. In 2010, 1 244 breeding pairs were counted. A viewing platform and boardwalk is available for visitors to get very close to the penguins.