The Rock @ 2 Oceans
Fish Hoek Accommodation -
Fish Hoek & Surrounding Areas
watching in Fish Hoek
Open boat whaling took place in Fish Hoek from
1817 to 1868. Nowadays the whales know that it is safe to come
into False Bay and the Southern Right Whale comes into the bay
to calve. Other types of whale can also be seen from about August
to the end of November.
The Southern Right Whale is frequently seen
very close to the Fish Hoek beach. These whales use the extreme
of the south western Cape coast, including False Bay, as calving
and nursery grounds. The whales start arriving in Fish Hoek at
the end of May and remain in the region up until the end of November.
You are most likely to spot them in Fish Hoek during the month
Although less common than the Southern Right Whale, one may
be lucky to spot Bryde's Whales, Humpback Whales and Killer Whales
in Fish Hoek. Dolphin species in the region include bottlenose
dolphins on the east side and dusky dolphins on the west side.
One may observe different Whale behaviour from
Fish Hoek beach. This includes Whales leaping out of the water
and then back flipping
into the water, called breaching, which may continue for four
or five minutes, and may be interpreted as play, communication,
or an aggressive display.
Other behaviours include blowing through blowholes
when surfacing; making a sound by slapping flukes on the surface
Whales improve their view of the surrounds by
standing vertically with head and body, as far as the flippers,
above the surface.
This spectacular behaviour is called Spy hopping.
One may also observe a group of whales interacting in a small
area; this is usually a mating session. Several males will attempt
to mate with a single female.
Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay and Muizenberg were all
boat whaling stations in the past. Take a walk and enjoy excellent,
from the Kalk Bay Harbour Wall, the Fish Hoek catwalk, and the
coastal walkway from Muizenberg to St James (past Baylie's Cottage).
One may also enjoy splendid whale watching by car – take
the coastal road from Fish Hoek to Simon's Town to Cape Point;
or follow Boyes drive, from Fish Hoek to Kalk Bay to Muizenberg
(this is the road above St James and Kalk Bay towards Muizenberg);
or take a long walk on Noordhoek and Kommetjie beaches and see
the whales form the shore. Take the coastal road between Kommetjie
and Scarborough or from Noordhoek to Sea Point and enjoy fantastic
views and good whale watching!
If your appetite for whale watching is still not satisfied then
other whale watching points include Hermanus, Stony Point near
Hangklip, and the coastal road from Hangklip to Gordon’s