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Waking up this morning big plans to make a full day of sightseeing, but Mother Nature had different plans. I look out the 14th floor of my window and rain is going sideways. It really is a great view and I could not ask for a better place to be in a rain storm. There are nasty storm clouds everywhere. At times, it looks like hail …
... stops and we saw folks with their cameras and binoculars so we stopped as well. Indeed, we saw whales at a distance.
We were anxious to get to Hermanus and when we arrived there were a lot of people by the beach. It was the last day of the Whale Festival that started last Thursday. The first thing we did was head to the "I" Information Office so we could arrange for a whale watching boat tour. They were ...
... water, holding our breathe as we watch the most amazing and dangerous creature swim by within a few feet. This shark is so close that I find myself resisting the urge to reach out and touch it as it glides by.... But I don't as I quickly remember this thing can take my arm off if I do. Isaiah is feeling better now and decides to go in the water with Tim.... I am so proud of his courage at his age. After a few hours of sharks, they take us ...
... do not seem to be staying in the same place, waiting.
Once we reached the designated spot in the sea the crew threw out their bait and we started the waiting game. We could expect to wait up to an hour before seeing anything and the whole boat watched in silence. I think we all played the Jaws theme in our heads. The first Great White appeared half an hour later but she was ‘only’ 3.5 metres long. Another soon appeared and a ...
... on a rope as well as a seal shaped decoy. The sharks actually go for the decoy more than the fish. After about 30 min they came. All sharks behave differently. Some are fast, some are slow, some jump, some are shy, some are aggressive. We saw all types of behaviors. Once several were surrounding us people jumped into their wetsuits and got into the cage. The sharks actually hear the heartbeats and get more active! This is winter and it is not warm by any ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool