Abalone Tours


After 20 years of abalone tours, Abagold Ltd has made a strategic decision to pursue its Aquaculture tourism initiatives in a separate company. To this end Heart of Abalone Pty Ltd (“Heart”) was established in 2015. Heart has rebranded and expanded the previous tours to include an informational presentation by a qualified tour guide on the history of abalone in the context of Hermanus focusing on this unique animal’s natural environment and biological life-cycle. Visitors will for the first time be able to “boot-up” for a guided farm walk to experience the abalone farming operations from the hatchery, to the feeding, sorting and cleaning of nearly 40,000 baskets which house Abagold’s 12 million abalone.

A separate Technical Tour is also offered through which visitors can appreciate the imported pumps & motors and innovative award-winning water reticulation system of Abagold which pumps nearly 10,000kl per hour of fresh sea water to the abalone. Besides the impressive 1.2m diameter pipe systems, heat pumps, drum filters and generators, visitors can view the site of Mean Sea Level (Pty) Ltd where the first wave energy converter in SA is being constructed.

Visitors can opt to include a tasting of this rare delicacy in three different forms which illustrates its versatility as a food ingredient.

Please contact Johan Hugo on 083 556 3428 or email on info@heartofabalone.co.za for any inquiries or bookings.

Bookings can also be made directly on Heart’s website www.heartofabalone.co.za which also contains more information on the tour and partnerships around its complete offering. Find us on Facebook to see photos and stories of other visitors’ experiences.

Directions to Heart of Abalone

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For more information or bookings:

Scheduled tours weekdays at 11:00.

Alternative tour times and large groups available by appointment only.

Tours include:

  • Industry Background
  • Cultivation Techniques
  • Abalone Rearing
  • Processing and Marketing