A canoe trip around Simon’s Town is a perfect way to experience the picturesque False Bay coastline – wind or shine!
Cape Town’s penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach is justifiably one of our city’s most unique drawcards, but finding a patch of sand among the throngs of tourists is not so much fun. Which is where these kayak tours come in: penguin-spot from the comfort of your own dugout, and view other species of marine life while you’re at it.
The sturdy double kayaks are easy to control, and no previous rowing experience is necessary. All you really need is a sense of adventure (though physical stamina is good, too) as you kayak through the beautiful False Bay waters.
And, if you thought kayaking was a fair-weather affair, guess again! While summer certainly means hot days and warm water, it brings with it the pesky southeaster. Winter’s windless days, while cold, provide the perfect conditions for kayaking, plus there’s a chance of whale-spotting!
Covid precautions All customers and guides will be temperature-tested before setting off, and should wear their own masks and sanitise hands regularly. Whenever guides are in close contact with customers, the guides will wear a face shield as well as a mask. All points of touch (just the paddle, really) will be sanitised before and after use.
Enjoy the following kayaking trips in Simon’s Town
The Penguin Trip
This tour starts at the Simon’s Town Waterfront, goes past the Naval Harbour and out to Boulder’s 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.
When Daily (weather permitting)
Departure times Daily, 8.30am – 10.30am (summer, October – March)
Daily, 9am – 11am (winter, April – September)
Please note For groups of more than four people, you may organise an afternoon paddle.
Duration 2 hours
Cost R300 (until end-January 2021)
R350 (until end-March 2021)
R380 (from 1 April 2021)
Full Moon Rising Paddle Trip
These rare trips only 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.
When Once a month, March to October only.
Duration 2 hours
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