The 15 Best V&A Waterfront Boat Trips + Cruises

The 15 Best V&A Waterfront Boat Trips + Cruises

Sunset cruises, harbour tours and bubbly on boats – it’s time to set sail…

What started as a single jetty, built by Jan van Riebeeck in the 1650s as a refreshment station for weary travellers, the V&A Waterfront is now home to one of the most-well-trodden shopping centres in Africa, as well as a bustling marina where cruise ships, yachts, catamarans and boats dock, before whisking visitors off on the boat trip of their dreams.

Whether you’re after a sunset cruise on a luxury yacht, an educational tour of the harbour, or a festive boat trip with a live DJ, the Waterfront has a cruise just for you!

As always, if you know of a wonderful boat trip you believe deserves to be on our list, please let us know in the comments below.

Choose a Waterfront boat trip

Sunset Cruise
Champagne and Cocktail Cruise
Dinner Cruise
Lunch Cruise
Brunch and High Tea Cruise
Bay Cruise
Harbour Cruise

Sunset Cruise

1. Sunset Cruise on a Luxury Catamaran

Sunset Catamaran: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

There are few things more luxurious than feeling the wind in your hair, the warm rays of the setting sun on your face, and the spray of the ocean, as you sip a summery cocktail aboard a luxury yacht, as Cape Town’s landmarks whizz past you. During this trip, you’ll experience all that, plus there’s a cash bar, so you can stay hydrated with you tipple of your choice.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads to either Clifton 4th Beach or to Table Bay Blouberg passed Robben Island.
Duration Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Accommodates 65 passengers
Cost R400 (includes a cocktail)
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Where to find it Pierhead, T Jetty close to the Red Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

2. Sunset Cruise on an Old-School Sailboat

Sunset Sailboat: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

Relax aboard this vintage-style sailboat, taking in the spectacular Cape Town sunset with a glass of the good stuff. (The onboard cash bar offers sparkling wine, beer and cooldrinks.) Have your cameras at the ready, as this boat trip offers stunning vistas of the city in the distance and Table Mountain in the background.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads towards Table Bay before returning to the harbour.
Duration Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Accommodates 45 passengers
Cost R390 (includes two glasses of bubbly)
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Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Champagne (and Cocktail) Cruise

1. Sunday Sundowner and Dinner Cruise on a Power Catamaran

Sundowner Catamaran: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

Sail into the sunset with a cocktail in hand, while DJ Didier entertains you with a sizzling selection of sophisticated beats. This Power Catamaran is, er, pushing the boat out, and giving guests the royal treatment, with a special sundowner and dinner cruise complete with cocktails at sunset, canapé platters and live music entertainment.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads to Clifton 4th Beach or Table Bay, depending on the weather.
Duration Around 3 hours
Accommodates 65 passengers
Cost R890 (includes a cocktail, canapé platters and live entertainment)
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Good to know This special Sunday evening cruise is available until 23 December 2018 and then again from 13 January 2019 until 30 April 2019.
Where to find it Pierhead, T Jetty close to the Red Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Afternoon Cocktails on a Floating Boat

Cocktails Alba: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

This modern restaurant boat is designed to ensure a smooth-sailing environment so that guests can enjoy cocktails and canapés while the boat floats around the yacht basin and dock areas on either side of the Clock Tower walking bridge. And because it is encased in floor-to-ceiling glass windows, guests are privy to spectacular ocean views, and even the occasional friendly seal popping its head up to say hello!
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront for a relaxing harbour cruise.
Duration Two hours
Accommodates 72 passengers
Cost R595 (includes cocktails and canapés)
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Where to find it Moored in front of MAReSOL Restaurant, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Champagne Cruise of the Atlantic Seaboard

Champagne Cruise: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

This Instagram-worthy trip around the Cape coastline aboard a sailboat offers the perfect backdrop for a romantic evening. Take in the spectacular Cape Town sunset with a glass of bubbly (this trip includes two glasses of champers per person!). Alternatively, the onboard bar stocks local wine, beer and cooldrinks.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads out along the Atlantic Ocean.
Duration Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Accommodates 45 passengers
Good to know Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure, so be there early.
Cost R340 (includes two glasses of bubbly)
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Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Dinner Cruises

Three-Hour Dinner Cruise

Dinner Cruise: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

This yacht is the perfect venue, er, vessel to celebrate a special occasion. You’ll journey across the bay where you’ll be able to snap plenty of breathtaking pics of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, as well as one of Cape Town’s famous sunsets. After sundown, the boat will moor at the V&A Waterfront harbour where you can enjoy dinner.
Good to know Guests have a choice of menu: either a braai or a sushi and canapé platter.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and will head to Clifton 4th Beach or Table Bay, depending on the weather.
Duration Around 3 hours
Accommodates 65 passengers
Cost R660 (includes dinner)
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Where to find it Pierhead, T Jetty close to the Red Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Dinner Cruise Onboard a Floating Restaurant

Dinner Alba: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

Enjoy a three-course feast aboard this restaurant boat with stabilisers that ensure a smooth-sailing environment (so you can enjoy your meal without too much rocking). The two-hour cruise takes guests around the yacht basin and dock areas on either side of the Clock Tower walking bridge. And because the vessel is encased in floor-to-ceiling glass windows, guests are privy to spectacular ocean views, and even the occasional friendly seal popping its head up to say hello!
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront for a relaxing harbour cruise.
Duration Two hours
Accommodates 72 passengers
Good to know The comfortable interior is available to book on a per-table basis, or can be rented out for exclusive-use functions, with capacity for 72 seated guests or 100 people standing.
Cost R695 (includes three-course wine-paired dinner)
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Where to find it Moored in front of MAReSOL Restaurant, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Lunch Cruises

Lunch Cruise on a Luxury Yacht

Lunch Cruise: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

Journey across the bay, snapping Instagram-worthy photographs of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, onboard this luxury yacht. You’ll be treated to a wonderful lunch at either Clifton 4th Beach, Granger Bay or (if the weather isn’t playing along) back at the V&A Waterfront marina.
Good to know Guests have a choice of menu: either a braai or a sushi and canapé platter.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and will head to Clifton 4th Beach or Granger Bay, depending on the weather.
Duration Around 3 hours
Accommodates 65 passengers
Cost R660 (includes lunch)
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Where to find it Pierhead, T Jetty close to the Red Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Lunch Cruise on a Floating Boat

Lunch Alba: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

Enjoy a three-course lunch with views of the V&A Waterfront harbour (and the occasional seal!) from the comfort of this restaurant boat! The boat has been designed to minimise rocking so that guests can enjoy a smooth-sailing two-hour meal at sea.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront for a relaxing harbour cruise.
Duration Two hours
Accommodates 72 passengers
Good to know The comfortable interior is available to book on a per-table basis, or can be rented out for exclusive-used functions, with capacity for 72 seated guests or 100 people standing.
Cost R595 (includes three-course lunch)
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Where to find it Moored in front of MAReSOL Restaurant, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Captain’s Choice Lunch Cruise

Captains Choice: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

Nothing works up an appetite quite like a lunchtime champagne cruise around the Cape coastline with spectacular views. After the 90-minute-long trip, enjoy a three-course lunch at the captain’s favourite restaurant, MAReSOL.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads out along the Atlantic Ocean.
Duration Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Accommodates 40 passengers
Good to know Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure, so be there early.
Cost R684 (includes three-course lunch)
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Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Brunch + High Tea Cruises

High Tea Aboard a Floating Restaurant

High Tea Alba: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

High tea by the sea? How about high tea on the sea! Onboard this restaurant boat – designed to offer a smooth-sailing environment (with minimal rocking) – guests can enjoy afternoon sweet and savoury treats with spectacular views of the V&A Waterfront harbour and the passing seals.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront for a relaxing harbour cruise.
Duration Two hours
Accommodates 72 passengers
Good to know This cruise is launching on 6 April 2019.
Cost TBC
Where to find it Moored in front of MAReSOL Restaurant, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Brunch on a Floating Restaurant Boat

Brunch Alba: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

Brunch with a view is what you can expect aboard this restaurant boat designed to offer a smooth-sailing environment (with minimal rocking). The vessel is fitted with floor-to-ceiling glass windows allowing you to enjoy every bite without missing a single harbour vista.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront for a relaxing harbour cruise.
Duration Two hours
Accommodates 72 passengers
Cost R495 (includes bottomless bubbly and breakfast)
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Where to find it Moored in front of MAReSOL Restaurant, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Bay Cruises

Catamaran Around the Bay

Catamaran Bay Cruise: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

Sail away (or along the Atlantic seaboard) on a 39-foot sailing catamaran. This easy one-hour cruise is perfect for taking in the city from the ocean (and provides you with fantastic photos, too) in between a busy day of exploring.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads out along the Atlantic Ocean.
Duration Around 1 hour
Accommodates 40 passengers
Good to know Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure, so be there early.
Cost R210
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Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Sail Across the Atlantic Seaboard

Sailboat Atlantic CruiseBrunch Alba: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

Enjoy a quick yet memorable sail aboard a traditionally designed 58-foot gaff-rigged schooner with large red-brick coloured sails. This hour-long cruise will give you ample opportunity to capture the perfect photograph of the Mother City under under Table Mountain.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads out along the Atlantic Ocean.
Duration Around 1 hour
Accommodates 45 passengers
Good to know Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure, so be there early.
Cost R210 (includes a glass of sparkling wine)
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Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Harbour Cruises

Harbour Cruise Around the V&A Waterfront

Harbour Cruise: Best Waterfront Boat Trips

Enjoy a quick harbour cruise as you watch the Waterfront’s residents go about their business: seals soaking up the sun; seagulls swooping overhead; and tourists and locals shopping and eating up a storm. The well-informed guides will share their knowledge of the Cape as you bob around the harbour.
Duration Around 30 minutes
Accommodates 40 passengers
Good to know Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure, so be there early.
Cost R100
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Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Research by Alicia Chamaillé, Kent Cloete, and Annabel Short

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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: 13 December 2018

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One Response to “The 15 Best V&A Waterfront Boat Trips + Cruises”

  1. Norman

    Eish!!! Life and its nature knows a way to mend and heal a broken 💓.I am in love with Cape town for I have never seen beauty at its since I was born till now. Wow!!!

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