The Best Sea Kayaking Experiences in Cape Town

The Best Sea Kayaking Experiences in Cape Town

Explore the Cape coast in a kayak.

Cape Town’s magnificent coastline is feted the world over for its rich and unique marine biodiversity and spectacular Instagram-worthy seascapes. The best way to explore it? In a kayak, of course!

The Mother City has two coastlines – the Atlantic Seaboard (around the V&A Waterfront and Sea Point) and the False Bay coast (around Simon’s Town) – each offering different aspects of the city from the sea. If you have the choice, paddle the False Bay coastline in the morning where the sun rises, and explore the Atlantic waters later in the day. During your paddle you might even encounter dolphins, penguins, seals and possibly even whales (between July and November).

Be kayak-ready

Paddlers should arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled departure time, and are asked to check if the trip is still on around an hour before departure time – or before they make their way to the rendezvous spot. Trips may be cancelled due to bad weather, in which case, you will be refunded in full.

Dress the part; getting wet is unavoidable! Wear a swimming costume, a T-shirt and a warm top (that you don’t mind getting wet) to keep you warm. And while going barefoot is fine, flip-flops are not recommended. Be sure to bring a towel and a change of clothes for after your paddle.

Kayaking trips in Cape Town

The Sea Point trip
The Simon’s Town trip
The Hout Bay trip
The Table Bay trip

The Sea Point trip

Kayak Trip Sea Point Cape Town

This two-hour guided kayaking tour departs from Three Anchor Bay beach under the Sea Point Promenade and ventures along the coast towards the V&A Waterfront (or Clifton Beach) – depending on the weather and your preference. You’ll get to encounter a whole other universe: African penguins, Cape fur seals, sunfish (aka mola mola), southern right whales and dolphins are known to swim close to the coastline. Plus, you’ll get to see what Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range look like from the sea.
Duration 2 hours
Cost R450
Maximum weight 120kg (or slightly more, depending on weight distribution, height and fitness).
Rescheduling If your trip is cancelled due to weather, you’ll get notified by email or SMS and asked if you’d like to book a new date, or if you require a refund.

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The Simon’s Town trip

Sea Kayak

This tour starts at the Simon’s Town Waterfront, goes past the Naval Harbour and out to Boulders Beach, where you are able to visit the resident penguin colony. If the timing and tide is right, you can stop for a snack (not included), swim at the beach, and get a closer look at the penguins.
Duration 2 hours
Cost R350 (until end-March 2021)
R380 (from 1 April 2021)
Rescheduling Trips will be cancelled if the wind is stronger than 30kph.
Maximum weight 120kg per paddler, or 200kg for two paddlers.

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The Hout Bay trip

Hout Bay: Kayak Cape Town

Explore one of Cape Town’s most iconic (and bustling) shorelines during a fun-filled tour with Kayak Adventures. Eager adventurers should meet at Cape Town Bucket List (easily found on Google Maps) inside the Hout Bay Harbour, where you’ll be given a short training session, lifejacket and a dry bag for small items you’d like to take with you.
Once on the water, kayakers will be taken past the seal sanctuary and towards Chapman’s Peak. You might encounter seals, penguins, dolphins, whales and sunfish, so keep your eyes peeled!
Duration 2 hours
Cost R300 (weekend special)
R200 (weekday special)
Rescheduling Trips will be cancelled if the wind is stronger than 30kph.
Maximum weight 230kg per double kayak.

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The Table Bay trip

Kayak Trip Table Bay Cape Town

This trip starts from the Mouille Point slipway and winds itself through to Table Bay, taking in spectacular views of Table Mountain, the Cape Town Stadium, the V&A Waterfront along the way. If you’re lucky, you’ll encounter dolphins (and maybe even whales) along the way.
Duration 2 hours
Cost R450
Rescheduling A minimum of four people is required for the trip to go ahead. You can join a mixed group, but if there are fewer than four people, your trip will be rescheduled.

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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: 02 March 2021

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