The Best Sea Kayaking Experiences in Cape Town

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Explore Cape Town’s coastline 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? With 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 penguin experience
The full-moon adventure

Kayak Sea Point

Kayaking

These two-hour guided tours of the Atlantic Seaboard coastline 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.
Location 179 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town
Date Daily
Duration 2 – 3 hours
Cost R400

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Kayak Simon’s Town

The penguin 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.
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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Be kayak-ready

Paddlers should arrive 15 minutes prior to their booked 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 change of clothes for after your paddle.

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: 22 November 2018

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2 Responses to “The Best Sea Kayaking Experiences in Cape Town”

  1. Nelia

    Did the penguin tour yesterday. Wow what fun we had! 2 guides. 1 for the more adventurous and 1 for those that didn’t want to benture the big waves. A must do for the holidays!!!

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Nelia, we are so glad you enjoyed the tour! Thanks for letting us know.

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