Pringle Bay is the gateway to the Whale Coast which starts in Gordon’s Bay and ends in Gansbaai. Southern Right whales visit our shores each year from June to November to calf and mate, before departing again for their feeding grounds in the lower reaches of the Antarctic.
We overlook False Bay, aptly called the Serengeti of the Sea for the rich diversity of marine life it boasts. We often spot pods of dolphins in the bay. Brydes whales are permanent residents and seasonal visitors include both Southern Right whales and Orcas. We can book boat based whale watching trips for you from either Hermanus or Gansbaai Harbours. If boats are not your thing, you can explore the coastline and enjoy quality land based whale watching from the shore. Come and explore the Cape Whale Coast route. Remember to bring your binoculars.
Between 14 to 16 metres in length when mature, Southern Right’s can often be seen in the shallows of the beaches or just off the rocky shores anywhere along the Hangklip coastline. These gentle giants are fascinating to watch as they sky hop, breach, lob tail and go through the side by side rituals of courtship. A few more adventurous spirits can be seen as early as May in our waters. Bryde’s, Orca’s and Humpback whales can also be seen along our shores, though not as frequently.
Hermanus is the self- proclaimed whale watching capital of the world. It’s a 45 minute drive from Pringle Bay. They have a full time Whale Crier who’s regular horn blowing in season alerts visitors to the whales whereabouts. Record numbers of Southern Rights have graced the area this 2018 season and according to the Whale Crier, the cows are coming to our shores earlier each year to calf. An extended season allows their calves to mature and gain strength for the long journey south in November each year.
Be sure to stand on your patio and look out for whales – look for flapping tales, breaching or sprays. We often have them right in the bay just behind the breakers or in amongst the kelp banks.