Ocean Eleven Guest House

Hermanus, Garden Route, South Africa

At a Glance

  • Fantastic views out to sea from all rooms

  • Delicious afternoon tea and homemade cakes

  • Perfect coastal retreat

  • Sit and watch whales at play from your balcony

  • A short stroll from the centre of Hermanus

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Hermanus enjoys a moderate climate all year round. In peak summer season, from December to February, temperatures can climb as high as 34ºC, although winter temperatures can drop to as low as 4ºC. Generally, this season has many sunny days with high wind at times. During the winter months of June, July, and August, expect frequent rains and a couple of chilly evenings.

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Insider's View

Sit by the pool, right on the cliff edge, spotting the whales from the comfort of your sunbed.

Work up an appetite for the delicious afternoon cake with a stroll along the cliff path spotting whales and seals playing below.

Whales, whales, whales are the focus here! A fabulous spot for whalewatching

For adrenaline junkies try the shark cage-diving in Gaansbaai

Try one of the newer restaurants in New Harbour if you fancy a change of scene

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Ocean Eleven is a wonderful Cape Cod style guesthouse located in the quaint coastal town of Hermanus on Walker Bay. Each of the 10 comfortable guest rooms has a beautiful view, and the whole property exudes a relaxed, homely atmosphere.

Ocean Eleven is a beautiful guesthouse situated on the famous cliffs of Hermanus, from which guests can enjoy excellent whale watching from the terrace in season. The picturesque mountains behind the property, gently embrace the bay. The main house was built with high ceilings, tall windows and teak floors giving the property an elegant colonial feel.

Ocean Eleven comprises of ten beautifully appointed rooms - three standard, five deluxe and two suites. Every bedroom has a sea view and features original floors, walk-in dressing room and French doors opening onto the garden. All rooms are en-suite with a bath and shower.

A wealth of adventures awaits you in the surrounding area, from sea kayaking and paragliding to Great White Shark cage diving. Explore the pristine beaches, cliff paths, nature reserves, charming village shops and numerous restaurants right on your door step.

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Ocean Eleven comprises 10 beautifully appointed rooms - three standard, five deluxe and two suites. Every bedroom has a stunning sea view and features original floors, walk-in dressing room and French doors opening onto the garden. All rooms are en-suite with a bath and shower.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Ocean Eleven however there is a minimum age of 12 years. There is plenty for them to do in the local area such as visits to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Elephant Sanctuary and Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre.


Activities in the local Hermanus area include sea kayaking, paragliding, Great White Shark cage diving, golf at the Hermanus Golf Club nearby, fishing, wine tours, hiking and bird-watching.

On site there is a small gym for those who want to keep up their fitness routine. If you feel like indulging in a bit of pampering there is a small spa. Additionally, there is a wonderfully inviting pool with fabulous views of the coast for you to take a dip in or swim a few laps.



Miles McConnell (Staff)

Ocean Eleven is one of those amazing places where you can truly feel at ease, from the moment you arrive the unassuming and laid back manner make it very easy to switch off and unwind. The rooms are all simple but lovely en-suites with a sea view right out over one of the favourite whale routes. It is also perfectly situated just on the outskirts of town and is a great base to explore the beaches and all the other amazing experiences Hermanus has to offer.


Rose Gemmell (Staff)

The ideal spot for whale watching straight from the comfort of your room, Ocean Eleven has direct access to the cliff path walk as well. We were there in whale watching season and the whale watching from land is absolutely incredible and you can see the whales breaching straight from the deck. The hotel has a real homely feel and is a very classic bed and breakfast with comfortable rooms and excellent service.


Anna Hearn (Staff)

Occupying a stunning spot on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, Ocean Eleven is named both for the film starring Brad Pitt and George Clooney and also for the position, number eleven. The guest house is comfortable and welcoming, with the focus on the whales which can be seen from the expansive balcony at the back. Whales are everywhere on the walls, in sculptures and, while we were there, breaching in the bay outside! The guest house operates a whale warning system meaning that when whales are seen in the bay southern white whales and their young come past as well as humpbacks and the rarer Brudes whale the guests are informed so they can come to see. The terraces outside are perfect for just sitting and taking it all in, or the guest house is an easy walk to Hermanus, a quaint and charming seaside town, reminiscent of Torquay or Hastings. The rooms are beautifully appointed, and some have open fireplaces Hermanus, being on the Atlantic coast, can sometimes be a little fresh!


Camilla Smith (Staff)

A great affordable beach property in Hermanus and fantastically positioned on the cliff edge for superb whale watching in season. You can literally sit on the pool edge watching the whales breach in front of you! There are lovely beach walks along the cliff and beaches, so even when the whales are not there it is a lovely place to be by the sea.


  • Flight over Walker Bay

    Take-off from Grootbos' private airstrip for a magical flight over the Walker Bay area, from July to October enjoy incredible sightings of Southern Right Whales from the air.

  • Fynbos Flower Safari

    The Cape Floral Region has the highest concentration of plant species in the world. Staggeringly this recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site holds three times the diversity of species than the Amazon rainforest.

  • Great White Shark Cage Diving

    Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.

  • Horse Riding in the Cape

    Enjoy exploring the dramatic landscapes of South Africa on horseback, an experience to be included on any visit.

  • Paragliding over Hermanus and Walkerbay

    Take an unforgettable flight over Hermanus and Walkerbay with experienced and professional pilots. With easy take off and landing spots, all you need is a warm jumper and a sense of adventure!

  • Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve

    Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the Southern Cape and is in the perfect location for anyone who wants to experience a one day, big game viewing experience along the Garden Route.

  • Robberg Peninsula Walk

    The Robberg Peninsula is an outcrop of land from the western side of Plettenberg Bay. The Peninsula is now a nature reserve and a marine protected area which makes for spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna.

  • Sea Kayaking at Walker Bay

    Explore the stunning coastline of WalkerBay and see some of its abundant marine life at close range. All of the guides are extremely experienced and after a short training session, you will head out to the Marine Reserve for a unique and fun experience.

  • Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre

    Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre at Plettenberg Bay offers guests a truly unique wildcat experience as they are taken on a guided tour of cheetah, leopard, serval, caracal and other wildcats, baboons and birds.

  • Whale watching on the Western Cape

    Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.

Location & directions

Hermanus, Garden Route, South Africa

The Ocean Eleven Luxury Guest House is situated on the Cape South coast of South Africa, in the quaint coastal town of Hermanus on Walker Bay.

How to get there

The nearest airport is Cape Town International, an eleven and a half hour international flight. The hotel is 77km away, an hour by car. Transfers can be arrange by Ocean Eleven.

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