The Best V&A Waterfront Boat Trips + Cruises

The 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.

Luxury yacht charter

Boat Trips Tigger 2 Charter

These coastal cruises from the V&A Waterfront can be personalised for any occasion – from birthdays and hen parties to team-building activities. What’s more, you can request a fully licensed cash bar (with sparkling wine and other drinks available) and choose from a variety of menu styles from buffet and canapés (for 65 guests) to seated lunches and dinners (for up to 40 guests).
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront and heads up the West Coast.
Duration 2 hours (an extra hour can be arranged)
Cost R23 700 – R32 000 (depending on number of passengers)
Specials Enjoy 15% off on any private charters and non-private groups of 20 pax or more, and for any private or non-private charter bookings for groups of 20 or more, you’ll receive a complete second charger free of charge! (Discounts exclude dining and activity charters).
Where to find it Pier head, T Jetty, (close to the red clock tower), Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
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Robben Island boat trip

robben island ferry

Hop on one of the iconic ferries (historically used to transport prisoners) to Robben Island for a guided tour. Once there, you’ll be able to visit famous historical sites (such as Nelson Mandela’s prison cell and Robert Sobukwe’s house), and learn all there is to know about the island’s 500-year-old history. Keep an eye out for dolphins and seals along the way, as they often play in the water alongside the boat.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront, and heads to Robben Island.
Times Friday – Sunday, from 11am
Duration Between 3 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours (whole tour)
Cost R400 (South African adults)
R210 (South African children 2 – 17 years)
R600 (non-South African adults)
R310 (non-South African children 2 – 17 years)
Where to find it Robben Island Ferry Jetty, Quay 4, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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All-day cruise up The West Coast

Boat Trips West Coast Sport Motor Yachts

Sail up the beautiful West Coast aboard the Princess Skye motor yacht and enjoy a day of luxury. Before long, the 12-seater yacht will dock in your very own private bay for a dip – and some drinks and snacks (included in the day rate) – there’s even the option for an on-board braai (or whatever your meal preference is). Every detail is customised to your preferences, making each experience on this glamorous yacht unique and memorable.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront and heads up the West Coast.
Duration Minimum of two hours; maximum of 10 hours
Cost R45 000 (for a maximum of 12 people)
Good to know Bring a towel, hat and sunblock for your private-bay pitstop.
Contact 021 419 4839, info@sportmotoryachts.co.za
Where to find it East Pier Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Pre-sunset champagne cruise

Sunset and Bubbly

This vintage-inspired sailboat trip around the Cape coast is ideal for families, as it sets sail and returns while it’s still light, and offers spectacular mountain and stadium views.
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront and heads out along the Atlantic Ocean.
Duration Around 1 hour and 30 minutes
Good to know Boarding begins 15 minutes prior to departure, so make sure to be there early.
Cost R375 (adults)
R187.50 (kids)
Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Pirate-ship cruise

Jolly Rodger

The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat is hard to miss, and its fun tours are hard to beat. A unique addition to the Waterfront dock, this popular party boat offers tours for special occasions and impromptu rides. Whether you’re looking for a fun day out with the kids, or a unique way to celebrate your birthday or bachelorette, The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat will have you hooked. There’s even a private lounge, dancing pole, bar area and DJ (on request).
Route Leaves from the V&A Waterfront and heads along the surrounding coastline, offering views of Robben Island, Granger Bay, Bantry Bay and Clifton.
Cost R200 (1 hour daytime trip, adults)
R100 (1 hour daytime trip, children 0 – 12 years)
R360 (1.5 hour sunset cruise, includes sparkling wine)
Good to know This fun charter also offers private charters for up to 75 people (ranging from R12 750 to R28 000).
Contact 021 421 0909, info@tigresse.co.za
Where to find it Shop 7A, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront
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Catamaran cruise

Boat Trips Enigma Catamaran Luxury Yacht Charters
Sean Furlong

Spend an hour or two at anchor in the Monaco-like setting of Clifton aboard Enigma, enjoying the sun and the scene. Perfect for leisure and adventure trips, this power catamaran can host up to 65 people, with the option of an onboard bar and DJ – perfect for a private party or an (end-of-year) corporate function.
Route From the V&A Waterfront you’ll sail to Clifton, Table Bay and surrounding areas. Routing is weather-dependent and at the discretion of the skipper.
Duration 1 hour
Cost R7 425 (boat hire for 1 – 30 people)
Contact 081 433 4041, info@luxuryyachtcharters.co.za
Where to find it 261 Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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Robben Island yacht tour

Boat Trips Yacht Robben Island

Effortless luxury and elevated sight-seeing collide, as you drift off Cape Town’s coast and out into the Atlantic Ocean on a private yacht. Included in the experience are beer, wine, bubbly, soft drinks, snacks and canapés – a perfect excuse for a special occasion, lunch or sunset cruise.
The tour also includes a three-hour trip around the coast of Robben Island with Christo Brand, author and former prison guard of President Nelson Mandela. Upon arrival on the yacht, you’ll watch an insightful video about Robben Island, featuring Madiba and Brand. And after setting sail from the harbour, Brand will point out the island’s landmarks from the comfort of the boat. Good to know Yachters need to be on board half an hour before the scheduled cruise time in order to receive safety instructions.
Duration 3 hours
Times Depends on client request and yacht’s availability.
Cost R42 000 (includes three-hour tour, drinks and canapés)
From 1 to 10 maximum people on board at a time
Where to find it (Parked behind the Cape Grace Hotel), Ground floor, Marina Centre, West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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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 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 R230 (includes a glass of sparkling wine)
Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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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 R110
Where to find it Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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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: 12 October 2020