From spectacular fine dining at La Vierge to simple Wimpy fare there is enough choice to suit every taste, occasion and budget. In total there are over 25 restaurants situated in Hermanus including Joubertís, La Vierrge, Marine Hotel, La Bodega, Harbour Rock and The Milkwood.
BEACHES (Click here for more on Beaches)
The beaches in Hermanus are a sunworshipper's dream with soft white sands edged with rolling surf. They range from small protected coves to long expanses of sand perfect for walking, such as Grotto Beach, which stretches all the way to the mouth of the KIeinrivier lagoon and De Plaat (renowned as one of the best fishing spots). There are excellent facilities including picnic/braai areas, changerooms and a beachside restaurant. Grotto Beach was awarded Blue Flag status in Novenber 2002 for its state of pristine cleanliness. Hermanus is home to at least SEVEN swimming, snorkeling and surfing beaches from Voelkip, Kammabaai and Langbaai to Onrus beach.
Apart from the many restaurants, there are a number of popular nightspots in Hermanus. These include venues such as Zebra Lounge, Gheckos, Fusion Cafť, Cubana and Marimba.
WHALES & FESTIVALS
This is, after all, the BEST place in the world for seeing the Whales. Hermanus offers the best land-based whale viewing in the world. A cliff path stretching from one side of the town to the other, hugs the coastline for about 12 km giving whale watchers unlimited opportunities to study the gentle giants in the coves below or lolling just beyond the breakers. Walker Bay is one of the favoured bays for Southern Right Whales to calve and mate and between September and November sitings are practically guaranteed on a daily basis. The world famous Hermanus Whale Festival takes place during September each year.
SHARK CAGE DIVING
White Shark cage diving excursions to Geyser and Dyer Island begin at the picturesque Kleinbaai harbour near Gansbaai. Geyser Island is home to a permanent colony of approximately 40 000 Cape Fur Seals. The channel between these islands is known as "Shark Alley" and renowned worldwide as the best place to encounter the Great White Shark.
Wine lovers will revel in the Hemel and Aarde Valley with some superb estates to be found within easy reach of The Tides. Whether you simply want to enjoy the stunning surroundings, taste fine wines or stock up for your cellar you will find it all here. Many wine lovers get their first taste of the region's wines at the Wine Village, conveniently situated at the gateway to both Hermanus and the picturesque Hemel en Aarde Valley. Representing 600 producers of fine South African wine, with 1,600 labels of quality wine, the Wine Village offers something for everyone, from the discerning wine collector who wants to explore investment options, to the every day quaffer looking for value for money.
HIKING TRAILS & FERNKLOOF NATURE RESERVE
One of the unique attractions of Hermanus is the Cliff Path that stretches from the New Harbour in Westcliff all along the coastline to Grotto beach - just over 10 km long. It is accessible from many points all along the route. There are benches at strategic points which provide a rest and a place to sit and watch the whales or enjoy the sea views. From the Blow Hole at the New Harbour to Kraal Rock in Eastcliff there is a protected marine reserve and no shellfish, bait or other creatures may be removed.
The trails in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve are well maintained and, following the contours as they do, are accessible even to those who might not otherwise put on boots to set off on an hour or two's walk. There are three self-guided trails of which one leads to AasvoŽlkop. At 824 metres above sea level, it is the highest point in the reserve and offers all-embracing views.
The Frans Senekal Nature reserve in Vermont offers a delightful walk from Vermont along the sea edge past Hoek van den Berg to Hawston harbour. The full walk takes about two hours.
The Hermanus Golf Club has become one of the most popular golf courses in the country - a definite 'must play' course. A 15 minute drive from Hermanus you will find the Arabella Golf Club which is voted the number two golf course in South Africa and the top golf course in the Western Cape.
Hermanus offers a wonderful array of entertainment, sights and activities......