Heart of Abalone
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.
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Guided abalone farm tours – New Harbour, Hermanus
Our local abalone (Haliotis Midae) is endemic to the Cape Whale Coast. This coastline is quite literally the “heart” of the abalone habitat. This interesting sea-snail is a well-known traditional delicacy in the Asian restaurants.
Learn more about South African abalone in our Heart Shed venue and then boot-up for a guided walk to experience the aquaculture industry first hand on one of the oldest and largest abalone farms in South Africa, Abagold, situated in the New Harbour of Hermanus.
Our first stop is in the hatchery where the baby abalone (called “spats”) are cared for during the first 8 months of their lives. Abagold’s state of the art hatchery produces about 1,000,000 spats each month.
On the farm the abalone are kept for almost 5 years to achieve a marketable “cocktail size” of about 250grams.
Witness the impressive technical infrastructure required to keep the 16,000,000 abalone healthy and happily housed in their 40,000 baskets! Also view the construction of the first ever wave energy converter in SA.
Having worked up an appetite, end off your tour with a tasting platter to experience what the fuss is all about!
The Afrikaans name, “Perlemoen” is derived from the Dutch name “Paarlemoer”, which means mother of pearl and refers to the spectacular iridescence inside the abalone shell. Shells and abalone inspired jewellery can be bought as a souvenir from the Heart Shed venue. View our jewellery range in the “online store” at www.heartofabalone.co.za/online-shop