Heart of Abalone

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Hermanus Tourism Bureau
+27 (0)28 313 1602
Fax No.:
+27 (0)28 313 0305
Sea View Farm, New Harbour, Hermanus
Abalone Tour: R100 - 35 minutes
Farm Tour: R150 - 1 hour and 20 minutes
Technical Tour: R150 - 1 hour and 20 minutes

Include a tasting in your Tour - R150
Trading hours
Mon to Saturday at 11:00 and 15:00
Booking is essential for groups larger than 5 people, or weekend tours

Join us for a guided tour as you boot-up and walk on the oldest and largest abalone farm in South Africa located in the New Harbour of Hermanus.

Meet up with your tour guide at the Heart Shed in the New Harbour. Sit back and relax while you learn about the history of abalone in South Africa and Hermanus' Walker Bay area and the biology and life cycle of this mysterious mollusc and the unfortunate demise of wild stocks due to over-harvest and poaching. Here your guide will share information about abalone in its natural environment and also introduce visitors to abalone farming. This tour is also ideal for students or pensioners and can be customised to specific group needs, upon request.

After your informative Abalone tour, boot-up for a guided walk to experience the aquaculture industry of abalone farming first hand on one the oldest and largest abalone farms in South Africa, Abagold. Visit Abagold's state of the art abalone hatchery where broodstock are cared for and baby abalone (spats) are produced. Experience the farming activities of feeding, tank cleaning and sorting of the abalone first hand.

A separate tour of the technical infrastructure is also an option. This tour showcases the impressive sea water pumps and aeration system, back-up power generation, innovative water reticulation & renewable energy projects, which includes viewing the construction of Mean Sea Level's the first ever wave energy converter in South Africa. Learn more about the system & technical infrastructure that keeps Abagold's 10 000 000 abalone healthy and happily housed in their 40 000 baskets!