The Best Boat Trips in Cape Town

The Best Boat Trips in Cape Town

Rock the boat with these unique tours, fun trips and breathtaking cruises

There’s something wonderfully immersive and exhilarating about ocean travel – be it on a spacious luxury liner, a tugboat for two, or a bustling public ferry. The unobstructed scenery, the wind in your hair and sea spray on your face, the time away from real life, and the repetitive rocking – these all make sea rides decidedly appealing.

Living in Cape Town, and being surrounded by the sparkling ocean, means that there are boat rides aplenty right on our doorstep. They vary widely – in terms of the vessels and trips – so let your requirements and budget guide you.

V&A Waterfront Boat Trips

Sunset Cruise

Waterfront Sunset Cruise

Sail into the sunset in luxury on board the Tigger 2 Royale, and enjoy stunning views of Clifton Beach, and the scenic route around Table Bay, with backdrops of Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, heads around Table Bay (dependant on weather) to Clifton.
Duration Around 1 hour 30 minutes
Cost R400 per person
Good to know Tigger 2 Charters also offers a Lunch and Dinner Cruise (priced between R600 and R1 280) and a Private Romantic Lunch or Dinner Cruise (R15 000) for special occasions.
Contact 021 418 0241, info@tigger2.co.za
Where to find it Tigger 2 Charters, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Robben Island Boat Trip

robben island ferry

Hop on one of the iconic ferries (historically used to transport prisoners) to Robben Island for a guided tour. Once there, you’ll be able to visit famous historical sites (such as Nelson Mandela’s prison cell and Robert Sobukwe’s house), and learn all there is to know about the island’s 500-year-old history. Keep an eye out for dolphins and seals along the way, as they often play in the water alongside the boat.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads to Robben Island.
Duration Around 3 hours 30 minutes (whole tour)
Cost R340 (adults)
R190 (kids)
Contact 021 413 4200, infow@robben-island.org.za
Where to find it Robben Island Ferry Jetty, Quay 4, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

All-Day Cruise up The West Coast

All Day Cruise

Sail up the beautiful West Coast aboard the Princess Skye motor yacht and enjoy a day of luxury fit for a movie star. Before long, the 12-seater yacht will dock in your very own private bay for a dip – and some drinks and snacks (included in the day rate) – there’s even the option for an on-board braai (or whatever your meal preference is). Every detail is customised to your preferences, making each experience on this glamorous yacht unique and memorable.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads up the West Coast.
Duration Minimum of two hours; maximum of 10 hours
Cost R45 000 (for a maximum of 12 people)
Good to know Bring a towel, hat and sunblock for your private bay pitstop.
Contact 021 419 4839, info@sportmotoryachts.co.za
Where to find it East Pier Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Table Bay Catamaran Cruise

Table Bay Catamaran Cruise

With space for a maximum of 36 passengers, this superyacht is the ideal venue for a special event (or music video). The IQ Catamaran sets sail along the Table Bay coastline towards Robben Island, Blouberg Beach and Clifton Beach, during which you’ll have ample opportunity to wave to the envious beachgoers, as you sail past with your entourage in true celebrity style.
Route Leaves from V&A Waterfront, and heads along the Table Bay coastline, with views of Robben Island, Blouberg and Clifton.
Duration Around 5 hours
Cost R30 780 (excludes drinks and snacks, which are available at an additional cost)
Contact 081 433 4041, info@luxuryyachtcharters.co.za
Where to find it Quay 4, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Sunset and Bubbly Cruise for Two

 Sunset and Bubbly

This very Instagram-worthy trip for two around the Cape coastline offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening. Relax aboard the vintage-inspired Spirit of Victoria sailboat, taking in the spectacular Cape Town sunset with a glass of bubbly (this trip includes two glasses of champers per person!).
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads out along the Atlantic Ocean.
Duration Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Cost R320 (adults)
R160 (kids)
Contact 021 418 3234, richard@waterfrontadv.co.za
Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Good to know Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure, so make sure to be there early

Sunset Cruise and Picnic in the Sky for Two

Sunset Cruise and Picnic

Yep, you read that right. If the part about the sunset cruise doesn’t immediately tickle your fancy, then the option of having a romantic dinner on top of the Cape Wheel should give you all the feels. The Sunset Cruise offers a complimentary glass of bubbly as you watch the sun go down aboard the beautiful Serenity One sailboat. And with this unique package, your romantic evening doesn’t end there…
Hop out the ocean and into the sky for a picnic on the Cape Wheel – simply collect your picnic basket for two at the entrance, and head over to the neighbouring V&A Food Market to stock up on your favourite snacks, to enjoy over your picnic table in the sky. This package includes a booking confirmation for both the boat and the picnic, so be sure to keep it on you and show it at each entrance.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads along the Atlantic Ocean.
Duration Cruise: Around 1 hour 30 minutes
Picnic: 30 minutes on the Cape Wheel
Cost R1 295
Good to know The picnic ticket does not include food or beverages, and only covers the extended ride, picnic basket and table inside the cabin. You’ll need to purchase your food and beverages separately.
Contact Mantality at 011 462 5482 to book and receive your electronic gift voucher
Where to find it The Boat Dock: Shop 5, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront

Pirate-Ship Cruise

Jolly Rodger

The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat is hard to miss, and its fun tours are difficult to beat. A unique addition to the Waterfront docks, this popular party boat offers tours for special occasions and  impromptu rides. Whether you’re looking for a fun day out with the kids, or a unique way to celebrate your birthday or bachelorette, The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat, complete with a private lounge, dancing pole, bar area and DJ (on request), will have you hooked.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, heads along the surrounding coastline, offering views of Robben Island, Granger Bay, Bantry Bay and Clifton.
Cost R170 (1 hour daytime trip)
R280  (1.5 hour sunset cruise, includes sparkling wine)
Good to know This fun charter also offers private charters for up to 75 people (ranging from R12 750 to R28 000).
Book at Webtickets
Contact 021 421 0909, info@tigresse.co.za
Where to find it Shop 7A, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront

Private Bay Sailing Experience

Private Bay Sailing Experience

Feel the wind in your hair as you sail the high seas in ultimate style onboard the Beneteau Oceanis 34 yacht. Whether you’re looking to learn the ropes, or would prefer to lounge on the bow, this three-hour sailing experience allows you to do both. Hosting a maximum of seven passengers and one skipper, the yacht is ideal for an intimate leisurely day out at sea, as well as an informative introduction to sailing.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads towards Robben Island, Blouberg or Clifton, depending on the weather and wind.
Duration Around 3 hours
Cost R6 500 (excludes drinks and snacks; customised catering can be pre-arranged at an additional charge)
Contact 081 433 4041, info@luxuryyachtcharters.co.za
Where to find it 261 Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Speed Boat Eco Adventure

Speed Boat Eco Adventure

Adventure-seekers, this one’s for you! If lounging about on a relaxing yacht isn’t your scene, then grab onto this exhilarating ride aboard Waterfront Charters’ RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). Bounce along the waves at full speed, only slowing down to view the bustling marine life below the surface. Expect to see African penguins, Cape fur seals, dolphins, sharks, sunfish, a variety of birds, and much more, as the trained skipper keeps a knowledgeable eye out for the ones you may miss (did we mention it’s fast?)
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads around the Table Bay coastline towards Clifton Beach and beyond.
Duration Around 1 hour
Cost R920 per person
Good to know Unfortunately children are not permitted on this one due to its high speed, and the trip requires a minimum of four adults.
Contact 021 418 3168, info@waterfrontcharters.co.za
Where to find it Shop 5, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

Team Building Cruise

Catamaran Activity Cruise

Team building need not be dull. Or land-bound for that matter. Bond with your co-workers while cruising along the Cape coastline aboard Tigger 2 Charters’ PowerCat. And if bobbing along the big blue doesn’t float your boat, then amp it up with some boat-based clay-pigeon shooting or on-board golf.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront and heads along Sea Point, Bantry Bay or Milnerton Blaauwberg depending on the activity.
Duration Around 2 hours
Cost R19 500 (1 – 20 guests)
R23 000 (21 – 40 guests)
R26 500 (41 – 65 guests)
R3 000 per extra hour
Golf R2 000 per person
Clay-pigeon shooting (minimum 10 guests): R550 per person
Golf mat, club and tees: R2 200
50 biodegradable golf balls: R1 400
Good to know Golf and clay-pigeon shooting cost extra, so be sure to request your desired activity beforehand.
Contact 021 418 0241, info@tigger2.co.za
Where to find it Tigger 2 Charters, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Hout Bay Boat Trips

Shipwreck Cruise

Shipwreck Cruise

Sail past the seals at Duiker Island (affectionately known as Seal Island to locals) to spooky Maori Bay, famous for its shipwrecks. This trip focuses on the Bos 400, an old crane barge that ran aground during the Cape storm of 1994. You’ll probably recognise it from diving-junkie videos or panoramic YouTube shots, but this tour from Drumbeat Charters will get you up close and personal for a real-life look at the sunken star.
Route Leaves from Hout Bay Harbour, and heads to Seal Island along the Karbonkelberg mountain range to Maori Bay where the shipwreck is located.
Duration Around 1 hour
Cost R90 (adults)
R50 (children)
Free (children under two years)
Contact 021 791 4441, hello@drumbeatcharters.co.za
Where to find it Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay, Cape Town

Chapman’s Peak Cruise

Chapmans Peak Cruise

Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most breathtaking routes along the coast, but is often closed for maintenance work due to rock falls. Since you can’t be guaranteed to hop in your car and take a drive, why not opt for a cruise instead? Drumbeat Charters offers a trip to see the seals, with a return route along the majestic cliffs and hidden caves of Chapman’s Peak. Now you can enjoy one of the most scenic routes in the city, from the sea.
Route Leaves from Hout Bay Harbour, and heads to Seal Island, sailing back along the Chapman’s Peak coastline.
Duration Around 1 hour
Cost R90 (adults)
R50 (kids)
Free (children under two years)
Contact 021 791 4441, hello@drumbeatcharters.co.za
Where to find it Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay, Cape Town

Seal Colony Cruise

Seal Colony Cruise Hout Bay

This one is all about the seals! While other boat trips may include a view of our furry friends, this one celebrates them. Get close enough to see (and smell) the Cape Fur Seal in its natural habitat on Seal Island, also home to many different species of birds. Be sure to book this cruise between January and March, which is moulting season, so you’ll see the most seals. Known as the performers of the sea these, guys are bound to put on a show, so remember to bring your smartphones and cameras.
Route Leaves from Hout Bay Harbour, and heads to Seal Island.
Duration Around 40 minutes
Cost R90 (adults)
R50 (children)
Free (children under two years)
Contact 021 791 4441, hello@drumbeatcharters.co.za
Where to find it Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay, Cape Town

Simon’s Town Boat Trips

Cape Point Boat Trip

Cape Point Boat Trip

This two-hour cruise from Simon’s Town, along the famed Cape Point coastline, pretty much has it all. In addition to marvelling at stunning cliff faces, you’ll get the opportunity to explore caves, see many different bird species and dolphins, catch a glimpse of whales during season, and even pop to Boulders Beach for a peek at the resident African Penguin colony. For those who love a good story, the skipper on board tells tales of shipwrecks, maritime tradition, and the history of an escaped slave who took shelter in one of the passing caves.
Route Leaves from Simon’s Town, and heads to Cape Point, with a stopover at Boulders Beach on the way back.
Duration Around 2 hours
Cost R600 (adults)
R500 (children under 12 years)
Contact 083 257 776, info@capepointroute.co.za
Where to find it Simons Town Harbour, Simons Town, Cape Town

Simon’s Town to Seal Island Boat Trip

Seal Colony Cruise

Sail along the False Bay Coast towards the 75 000 Cape fur seals that inhabit Seal Island, and listen to expert guided commentary along the way. Although the seals are the main attraction, this trip offers something special at any time of the year. In winter, you might get to see the circling great white sharks, or wait until November to coo at the newborn seal pups.
Route Leaves from Simon’s Town, and heads to Seal Island along the Cape Point coastline
Duration Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Cost R450 (adults)
R350 (children under 12 years)
Contact 083 257 7760, info@capepointroute.co.za
Where to find it Simon’s Town Harbour, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

Compiled by Kent Cloete

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Disclaimer:

The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 31 January 2018

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4 Responses to “The Best Boat Trips in Cape Town”

  1. Nombeko millicent dyusha

    Wish to cruise whole day, tasting wine and taste seafood.

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  2. charlotta

    hello. my name is charlotta and I want to celebrate my 25t birthday on a boat. we are 10 people that wanna go for 5 hours with ABLE BAY CATAMARAN CRUISE. what would be the cost ? the 3 of March. 🙂

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    • Maggie

      Hi Charlotta
      Did you do your birthday boat trip ? Kindly send me some details as I am also keen to do my birthday on a boat
      Maggie

      Reply