The 6 Best Sea Kayaking Experiences in The Cape

The 6 Best Sea Kayaking Experiences in The Cape Kayak Trails

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 seascapes worthy of (award-winning) Instagram snaps. The best way to explore it? In a sea kayak, of course!

The Mother City has two coastlines, namely the Atlantic Seaboard (around the V&A Waterfront and Sea Point) and False Bay (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).

Kayaking trips in Cape Town

The Sea Point trip
The kayak-and-hike combo
The penguin experience
The full-moon adventure
The Hout Bay paddle
The Hermanus tour

The Sea Point trip

Kayak Sea Point

Kaskazi Kayaks and Adventures offers two-hour guided tours of the Atlantic Seaboard coastline. The guided tours depart from Three Anchor Bay beach under the Sea Point Promenade (near the Putt-Putt course) and, with the aid of knowledgeable and experienced guides, venture along the coastline towards the V&A Waterfront (or Clifton Beach) – depending on weather conditions and the preferences of the participants.
Duration 2 hours
Cost R450
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The kayak-and-hike combo

Kayaking Waterfront

Immerse yourself in the mesmerising beauty of the oceans and mountains with this combination adventure. The kayak and hikes are guided by Atlantic Outlook, whose passion is infectious! Glide across the open ocean to start, then get stuck into mountainous terrain afterwards – on Table Mountain, Lion’s Head or both.
Good to know You can book the kayak and hike tours separately for different days and receive a 15% discount, provided you make the bookings within a three-month time frame.
Duration Hikes vary depending on the route
2 hours (kayak)
Cost Lion’s Head Kayaking Combo: R725 (with 15% discount)
Table Mountain Kayaking Combo: R850 (with 15% discount)
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The penguin experience

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.
Location Wharf Street, Simon’s Town, Western Cape
Date Daily
Duration 2 hours
Cost R350

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The full-moon adventure

Sea Kayaking Cape Town

These rare trips happen once a month – in winter only – when moonrise coincides with sunset. Paddle out to sea from the harbour, and watch the full moon rise above the bay, as the majestic Hottentots Holland Mountains loom in the distance.
Location Wharf Street, Simon’s Town, Western Cape
Date March – October, 6pm – 8pm
Duration 2 hours
Cost R400

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The Hout Bay paddle

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 towards Chapman’s Peak. You might encounter seals, penguins, dolphins, whales and sunfish, so keep your eyes peeled!
Duration 2 hours
Cost R400
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The Hermanus tour

Kayak Hermanus

Get up close and personal with Walker Bay’s sea creatures on a sea-kayaking trip suitable for newbies and experienced rowers alike. Each guided tour starts with a safety briefing, after which you’ll hop into your kayak and start your roundtrip from the historical Old Harbour around the Hermanus coast. Kayakers might encounter seals, penguins, dolphins and possibly even southern right whales.
Duration 2 hours
Cost R450 per person
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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 about 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 ensure you don’t get too cold. 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.

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Time of publication: 12 November 2019