what to expect

Boot up to walk through a working abalone farm. See the abalone up close in their natural and farmed environment. Enjoy a tasting of this delicatessen in various forms, paired with our selection of local wines.


Boot-up to walk through a working abalone farm. See the abalone up close in their natural and farmed environment. Enjoy a tasting of this delicacy in various forms, soon to be paired with our selection of local wines.


Learn about the life cycle of this interesting sea snail, the challenges of the farming process, as well as the culture and history of this unique mollusc for South Africans and Chinese.  


Support our communities by buying locally produced abalone related products in our gift shop.


Come and join us for a tour of a working abalone farm in the heart of the South African abalone industry, in the coastal town of Hermanus. 


more about the anatomy of an abalone

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learn from a qualified and experienced tour guide

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the magnificent shell covered in mother-of-pearl

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an infant abalone of 2 years old

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R85pp for <16 year

Guided abalone farm tour

Duration: 1 hour 15 min

Meet up with your tour guide at the Heart Shed in the New Harbour of Hermanus. Sit back and relax while you learn about the history of abalone in South African 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.


After your informative intro, 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, as you walk among the 40,000 baskets on the farm.


Abalone farming is a play ground for any engineer and the technical infrastructure of the industry is mind-blowing. The 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!

Add a tasting...  


When booking online, select the tasting of our delicacy to make the experience complete...



Guided harbour to harbour hike

Duration: 1 hour 30 min

Meet your guide at the Old Harbour canons, the start of this magnificent 3km walk along the champagne air coastline (cliff path) connecting the Old and New Harbours of Hermanus. Learn about the area’s precious and unspoilt wildlife – big and small.


enquire about a tour

Kindly complete the form below to tell us when you would like to come on a tour with us. We will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.


Daily from Mondays to Fridays at

11h00 (except on Friday afternoons).

Group tours and alternative time slots by appointment only.


Daily from Mondays to Fridays at

09h00 by appointment only.

Minimum group size: 5 pax

  • All persons over the age of 12 need to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination (printed or electronic) to be able to enter the abalone farm.

  • Booking is essential for groups larger than 5, or weekend tours.

  • Farm walks are weather permitting and tours may be adjusted to stay indoors (the Heart Shed).

  • Group sizes are limited to 45 people per time slot. Please contact us to make arrangements to accommodate large groups.

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