Hermanus is built along the shores of Walker Bay and is home to the southern right whale. It is renowned as the best whale-watching destination in the world and even has its own Whale Crier, who announces the sighting of whales with a blow of his kelp horn, calling everyone in the town to come watch these majestic ocean mammals frolic in the water. The best time to see whales is between June and November. In the surrounding Hemel & Aarde Valley (Heaven & Earth Valley) just 2 km outside Hermanus you can embark on the Hermanus Wine Route. This area is fast making a name for itself for its magnificent Burgundy varietals of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Although there are various beaches in the vicinity, none of them are within walking distance so you will need a vehicle to access them. Grotto Beach stretches for miles, making it ideal for those wanting to take long walks. Langbaai (Long Bay) is a favourite beach for those seeking a bit of peace and privacy and Kammabaii is an ideal beach for families. Activities in and around Hermanus include sightseeing cruises, day trips to explore the Overberg and Western Cape, walking in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve, bird watching and visits to local art galleries and museums.