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Cape Town: Waterfront and Sunset Champagne Cruise

1. Cape Town: Waterfront and Sunset Champagne Cruise

Cape Town has one of the best locations for watching the sun go down from the water. With the Atlantic Ocean stretching away from the majestic Table Mountain range, this is certainly a "must-do" cruise for locals and tourists alike. You'll also get a unique view of the coast of Cape Town from the sea while relaxing and sipping on local sparkling wine! The sailboats Esperance and Serenity One follow the wind for this cruise, and therefore the destination is dependent on the weather at the time of the cruise. Your captain will let you know before departure your expected direction, but typical Cape Town summer wind blows from the southeast. First, you'll leave the harbor and sail across Table Bay towards Milnerton Lighthouse, returning to the protection of the Granger Bay in the lee of Table Mountain to watch the sun set, and then motor back to the waterfront. In the winter months, with the Northwester prevalent, the direction will likely be towards the Clifton coastline or the Robben Island Coastline. This cruise will also return to Granger Bay and the Waterfront. On some occasions the weather may require the use of a motorboat, in which case the boat will cruise slowly along the Atlantic seaboard towards Clifton beach and then return. On all trips your skipper and crew will do their best, weather dependent, to give you the best view of the spectacular sunset over the sea - you won't believe the beauty of this sight until you experience it yourself! For all the vessels, when the seas are running too high or the wind is unpleasantly strong, instead of heading into Table Bay the destination is the Cape Town Harbor; a perfect alternative offering magical views of Table Mountain and the lights of Cape Town and the harbor in the evening. In extreme conditions the skipper will take every aspect into account, and even stay dockside to ensure the safety of the passengers.

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Cape Town: Guided Kayaking in Hout Bay

2. Cape Town: Guided Kayaking in Hout Bay

This tour offers you the opportunity to explore the views of Hout Bay from the shore - making memories that you will never forget. You will learn about Hout Bay's heritage, experience one of Cape Town's most iconic shorelines, and view marine life - like the Cape Fur Seal. The tour is two hours in duration and offers you an advenaline rush like no other. These tours are suitable for both beginners as well as advanced kayakers. The minimum age to participate in this activity is 7 years old - and all children will need to be accompanied by an adult. All trips are weather dependent - if bad weather is forecast the supplier will not be able to go out as client safety is the highest priority. It is important that you provide your contact number and email address as the supplier will need to reach you on these details should they need to reschedule your booking. The dress code is normal beachwear - however please bring a warm jacket along. The supplier provides all necessary gear, as well as a life jacket. You are required to sign an indemnity form before departure.

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Cape Town: Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner

3. Cape Town: Sunset Champagne Cruise and 3-Course Dinner

Cape Town has one of the best locations for watching the sun go down from the water. With the Atlantic Ocean stretching away from the majestic Table Mountain range, this is certainly a must-do cruise for locals and tourists alike. You'll also get a unique view of the coast of Cape Town from the sea while relaxing and sipping on local sparkling wine. The sailboats Esperance and Serenity One follow the wind for this cruise, and therefore the destination is dependent on the weather at the time of the cruise. Your captain will let you know before departure your expected direction, but typical Cape Town summer wind blows from the southeast. First, you'll leave the harbor and sail across Table Bay towards Milnerton Lighthouse, returning to the protection of the Granger Bay in the lee of Table Mountain to watch the sunset, and then motor back to the waterfront. This package is a combo offering the sunset champagne cruise and a meal ashore after the 90-minute cruise. This allows you the freedom to choose from 3 restaurants: the Meloncino Restaurant for Italian, the City Grill for local flavor, and the Greek Fisherman. The cruise departure time changes with the seasons and can vary from 5:00 PM in winter to 7:00 PM in the summer. After the cruise, you then have a short stroll through the waterfront to the restaurant where you can enjoy your meal. The meal is a 3-course meal and each restaurant has a different menu. Possible Weather Variations:  During inclement weather, when the seas are running to high, or the wind is too strong, the tour destination will be Cape Town Harbour instead of Table Bay. Guests will be able to enjoy a Harbour Lights Cruise; a perfect alternative offering magical views of Table Mountain and the lights of Cape Town and the harbour in the evening. In extreme conditions the skipper will take every aspect into account, and may cancel the tour to ensure the safety of the passengers.

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V&A Waterfront: Seal & Harbour Cruise

4. V&A Waterfront: Seal & Harbour Cruise

Departing from the jetty outside the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront, the Waterfront Harbour Cruise puts Cape Town’s bustling harbour in the spotlight. Expect to see key attractions including icons of maritime history as well as epic views of the city’s natural landscape. Highlights include the SAS Somerset, the only remaining boom defence vessel in the world, and the southern hemisphere’s largest synchro-lift and only drawbridge, the Bascule Bridge. The cruise also includes views of Table Mountain, the Nelson Mandela Gateway, Chavonnes Battery Museum and the well-known Clock Tower. Of course, experiencing the bustling waterways of Cape Town from a boat is a highlight itself, and this cruise offers a perspective of the city that no other tour can offer.

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Hout Bay: Duiker Island Seal Colony Cruise

5. Hout Bay: Duiker Island Seal Colony Cruise

Choose from 40 a 60-minute cruise and sail off to Duiker Island to see thousands of Cape Fur Seals in their natural environment. Take in some of the most spectacular scenery the Cape Peninsula has to offer as you cruise along the rugged coastline from Hout Bay harbor.  As you cruise over the waters, get breathtaking views of the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive and the Sentinel Mountain, in addition to the chance to see other marine life including dolphins and whales. 40-minute Seal Colony Cruise: child-friendly cruise from Hout Bay harbor to Duiker Island the Seal Colony where you can view thousands of wild Cape Fur Seals, close up in their beautiful natural habitat. 60-Minute Seal and Shipwreck Cruise: see the Cape Fur Seals at Duiker Island and then continue below the Kabonkelberg mountain range to Moari Bay notoriously known for its Shipwrecks which ran aground in 1994 during one of the famous Cape winter storms. 60-Minute Chapmans Peak Cruise: set off from Hout Bay harbor to Duiker Island to view the Cape Fur Seals. From there the boat will cross the bay and travel back to the harbor along the cliffs and caves of Chapmans Peak.

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Cape Town: Pre-Sunset Champagne Cruise

6. Cape Town: Pre-Sunset Champagne Cruise

A pre-sunset Champagne cruises is an extremely popular cruise, ideal for families with kids who find the regular sunset cruise too late. Whilst out on the water you can watch the sun sink into the horizon and enjoy the “golden hour”, which makes for stunning photos. You'll be presented with fantastic views over the entire city of Cape Town, as well as the always impressive Table Mountain. Aboard your vessel, you will be welcome to enjoy a glass of complimentary sparkling wine which will be accompanied by commentary from the crew whilst on board the boat. This cruise is the second-last of the day, and returns to the V&A Harbour prior to the final sunset Champagne cruise.

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Cape Town: Table Bay 1-Hour Cruise on the Schooner Esperance

7. Cape Town: Table Bay 1-Hour Cruise on the Schooner Esperance

Set sail from Cape Town and take a 60-minute cruise along the coast. Enjoy views of Table Mountain and the city from the Atlantic.   Depart from the V&A Waterfront and head off along one of two weather-dependent routes. Either sail to Milnerton and back if the wind is blowing in a south-easterly direction, or cruise towards Robben Island if the wind is north-westerly. With either option, you will experience the thrill of sailing in Table Bay aboard the iconic schooner, Esperance. Treat yourself and indulge in chilled refreshments onboard.

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Cape Town: Marine Wildlife Cruise and City Tour

8. Cape Town: Marine Wildlife Cruise and City Tour

Immerse yourself in the thriving center of the Mother City and experience a fun combination tour of both the land and the sea. The tour starts with a trip to the waterfront for a 1.5 hour cruise of Table Bay. Marvel at the amazing sea life that lives here including seals, penguins, and dolphin pods, and if you’re lucky enough you might even spot a whale. Enjoy the stunning views of Table Mountain and Robben Island from the water and snap some incredible photos as the wildlife appears before you. After the boat ride, enjoy a stroll along the waterfront indoor food market and taste the flavors of the region with a selection of local delicacies and traditional treats. Once lunch is over, return to your guide in time for the afternoon city tour. The first stop on the tour is the Castle of Good Hope, which stands proudly on the outskirts of the business district and was built between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Company. Today, the Castle is the seat of the military in the Cape, and is open for visitors to explore and learn more about its history. Next, head to the Bo Kaap, tucked under the slopes of Signal Hill. The Bo Kaap is a fascinating and vibrant area that was somehow bypassed in the forced removal policies of the Apartheid. Also called the Malay Quarter, this area is characterized by its multicolored cottages and steep cobbled streets, as well as its exotic Malay culture. No tour in Cape Town would be complete without a visit to the Bo Kaap! Retrace the course of history next with a visit to the South African Museum. Take a look at life throughout the ages in South Africa and learn about the rich history of the region. Many exhibits can be found here, and there is also a Planetarium situated within the building. The museum is situated in the Company Gardens, which holds the Seat of Parliament. Pristine lawns, shady paths, ornate fish ponds, statues of past leaders and plenty of curious squirrels are just a part of the Company Gardens’ charm.

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Cape Town: Guided Marine Wildlife Cruise and Cape Point Tour

9. Cape Town: Guided Marine Wildlife Cruise and Cape Point Tour

Immerse yourself in the thriving center of the "Mother City" and experience a fun combination tour of both the land and the sea. The tour starts with a trip to the waterfront for a 1.5-hour cruise of Table Bay. You can marvel at the amazing sea life that lives here including seals, penguins, and dolphin pods, and if you’re lucky enough you might even spot a whale. From here you can also enjoy the stunning views of Table Mountain and Robben Island from the water, and can snap some incredible photos as the wildlife appears before you. Following the boat ride, you can enjoy a stroll along the waterfront's indoor food market and taste the flavors of the region with a selection of local delicacies and traditional treats. Once lunch is over, you will return to your guide in time for the afternoon peninsula tour. You will drive past the beautiful scenery of the Twelve Apostles before your first stop of Hout Bay, the fishermen's town. Next, drive through Africa's most iconic road, Chapman's Peak, and keep an eye open when you enter the Cape Point National Park as you might spot zebras, ostriches, baboons, and elands. On your way back up to Cape Town, you will make a final stop in Simon's Town in False bay for a non-intrusive visit to see its most famous residents, the Jackass Penguins on Boulder's Beach (optional).

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What people are saying about Cape Town

The experience was breathtaking, too bad the top deck got full so fast, but we ended up enjoying quiet a lot, the champagne, the music and most definitely the amazing view The crew was friendly and very attentive

Saw some dolphins. Not very intense, mainly into the bay area, for inexperienced arms more than do-able. Guide was very helpful and professional

Wonderful friendly staff made our Community of 66 people very happy and made the boat trip memorable. Thank you from Gatesville flats

It was amazing... The captain n his crew were awesome... Defnitly booking again soon

Great setting, staff are excellent. Had a wonderful time.