"whale sanctuary"

Hermanus, Western Cape


This seasonal MPA is an important refuge for whales and their calves during July and November.

This 108 km2 MPA was proclaimed in 2001 and provides an important refuge for southern right whales and their calves to rest from July to November. The MPA protects rocky and sandy shore habitats and kelp forests immediately offshore that provide refuge for overexploited abalone and west coast rock lobster.



  • Safeguards AN AREA for whales to rest without being disturbed

  • protects rocky and sandy shore habitats

  • protects kelp forests