Cape Town’s penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach is justifiably one of our city’s biggest drawcards, but finding a viewing spot among the throngs of tourists at Boulder’s is usually quite a challenge. So, we suggest taking a leisurely kayak ride where you get to penguin-spot from the comfort of your own dugout, and see other 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.
Good to know If you thought kayaking was only for fair weather, guess again! Although summer means hot days and warmer water, it also brings more wind. So, while winter may be cooler, it offers many calm and beautiful days, with no southeaster, plus a chance of whale-spotting!
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 time 8.30am (summer) 9am (winter)
Duration 2 hours
Cost R350 (equipment and drinking water included)
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