Waterfront Boat Trips Cape Town Prices (Rides & Cruises)

A boat ride is one of the best ways to see Cape Town, she is beautiful from the water but there are many more reasons to go on a cruise in Cape Town.

From whale watching, sunset cruises or dinners, Robben Island or just going on boat rides, Cape Town has them all! We list the best Cape Town has to offer in this guide to cruises from the Mothercity.

Know Before You Book:

  • Bring sunscreen
  • Some tours can be rescheduled
  • Not suitable during storms
  • Seasickness can occur

Highlights:

  • Marine life sightseeing
  • Intimate experience of the waterways
  • Family friendly

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Experience one of the best Cape Town boat trips, and take in the serenely beautiful Cape waterways! Boat rides are an unforgettable way to see the best of Cape Town.

Boat Rides Prices 2019

Prices for boat rides range from $3 USD (R45) for a waterfront canal ride to $2500 (R30 000) if you would like to rent the whole yacht or catamaran. You can generally find a sunset cruise, 3-course dinner cruise, whale watching or Robben island boat tour for less than $100 USD.

On Most fair-weathered days you will find all different types of boat rides from Cape Town. In Summer the sunset cruises are a great way to spend the evening, from June whale watching is best done from a boat with Robben island rides are popular year round. This is an activity for everyonee who is not inclined to seasickness 😉

Waterfront boat rides from Cape Town allow you to fully take in the splendor of the magical Mother City. From the decks of the boats, you are able to view Table Mountain, the bustling coastline, and majestic marine wildlife such as seals, dolphins, penguins and many species of colourful fish. Cape Town boat cruises offer an opportunity to see the Cape in a uniquely relaxed and picturesque way.

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If you are looking to enjoy a fun-filled party boat hire, Cape Town provides that and garentees a magical experience! You can also venture out to Robben Island, or take a romantic sunset cruise with your partner and watch the seals dance through the waters. Whatever you are looking for, you will find it in one of our cruises from Cape Town. The boat trips Cape Town offer have a variety of different facilities, so it’s easy to choose the one best suited to you!

Party Yacht Hire Cape Town

If you’re looking for a cheap party yacht hire, then you will find all of the best available options here! Get together with friends and family for an unforgettable party cruise along Cape Town’s famous waterways. Make memories of a lifetime, and enjoy a party out at sea.

Robben Island

A Robben Island boat cruise in Cape Town is not to be missed when visiting the Mother City. The only way to reach Robben Island is by boat or helicopter, so this one of the most popular waterfront boat trips at the V&A.

Sunset Cruises Cape Town

Sailing along the Atlantic Ocean with the wind in your hair and the sun warming your skin. The seagulls overhead and the seals and dolphins dancing below you. This is what taking a catamaran trip from Cape Town has to offer. Taking a boat cruise in Cape Town is a must!

Cheap Boat Rides Cape Town

Make the most of the best boat hire prices Cape Town offers! These waterfront boat tours offer value for money and an unforgettable experience of Cape Town!

The Serenity One

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An attractive, luxurious Sailing Catamaran that sails the seas smoothly. This single-decked day charter catamaran sailing vessel is ideal for Clifton Cruises and Day Charters and for those seeking an extraordinary boat trip Cape Town can provide.

Operating Times and Days

The cape town boat cruises run daily, between 8.30 am and 8.30 pm. There are ordinary sailing in the bay cruises, and there are champagne and sunset cruises available.

Duration

Cruises can last anywhere from 60 minutes to 3 hours depending on the chosen cruise.

Cost

Prices can range anywhere from R400 ($28, £20, €24) to R28 000 ($1900, £1748, €1556), depending on the package you choose or whether or not you’re hiring the entire catamaran.

Price Includes

The champagne and sunset cruises offer complimentary champagne.

Know Before You Book:

  • Bring sunhats and sunscreen
  • Not suitable for those prone to seasickness
  • Not suitable for rainy days

Highlights:

  • Comfortable boat seating
  • Luxurious finishes
  • Variety of options available daily
  • Marine sightseeing
  • Complimentary champagne

Facilities

  • Covered Cockpit area
  • Twin Marine Toilets
  • Open Trampoline
  • 8-Seater Bar
  • Full Catering on Request
  • Self-service gallery on-board

Capacity

SAMSA Licence for 40 Passengers & 3 Crew

Details For The Sunset Catamaran Cruise Cape Town:

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Accessible

Not wheelchair accessible

Duration

1-2 hours

Inclusions

Catamaran Cruise
Hotel pick-up and drop-off (if specified)

Exclusions

Meals

Meals

Self-Catering

Pick-Up

Hotel pick-up or at Waterfront meeting point

Suited For

The trip is brilliant for families and friends looking for some relaxation time, and couples who want to enjoy a romantic evening together.

The Ameera

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A stylish, modern, state-of-the-art catamaran, named after the owner’s daughter. The Ameera is a smaller boat, but not any less luxurious.

Operating Times and Days

Time slots are available in 3 categories, Morning, Afternoon and Sunset.

Duration

This cruise lasts 90 minutes.

Cost

Prices for the Ameera can range anywhere from around R400 ($28, £20, €24) to R12 000 ($851, £667, €748) depending on the type of cruise you are looking for.

Price Includes

There is a glass of complimentary sparkling wine for those who choose to take the sunset cruise.

Facilities

  • Cash Bar
  • Braai
  • Toilets
  • Trampoline
  • Roof Covering

Capacity

The Ameera has a maximum allowance of 38 passengers.

Ameera Boat Cruises Cape Town:

 

The Tigresse

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The Tigresses is a majestic 62 ft sailing catamaran. Built in Cape Town in 1997, this vessel offers the perfect atmosphere for romantic cruises and makes for the best sunset cruise Cape Town has.

Operating Times and Days

The Tigresse runs daily.
You can catch a morning ride, an afternoon trip or a romantic sunset cruise.

Duration

Each cruise is around 90 minutes. Private cruises can last longer.

Cost

Prices for the Tigresse can range anywhere from around R400 ($28, £20, €24) to R12 000 ($851, £667, €748), depending on the type of cruise you are looking for.

Price Includes

With the price of the sunset cruise, you will be given complimentary sparkling wine.

Facilities

  • Cash Bar
  • Scully
  • Toilets
  • Trampoline
  • Roof Covering

Capacity

The Tigresse can hold 60 passengers at a time.

Cruises Cape Town

With a slow, steady and informative harbour cruise tour, you are able to take in the breathtaking views of the V&A working harbour as well as gain more knowledge on the workings and history of the waterfront.

Your tour guide will point out places of interest as they navigate the boats through the harbour. You’ll also get to make friends with the inquisitive seals that pass the boats.

Southern Cross Seal and Harbour Cruise

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Passengers are taken out to observe the seals frolicking just outside the harbour, providing picturesque views of the City Bowl, Table Bay, and Robben Island. This is a fantastic option for those looking for a sunset cruise yacht hire!

Operating Times and Days

Boats leave the harbour hourly, starting at 8:30 am and ending at 8:30 pm.
They run every day.

Duration

The cruise lasts 30 to 60 minutes, giving you plenty time to get the best view of the harbour.

Cost

Children pay around R80 ($6, £4, €5) – R140 ($10, £8, €9)
Adults pay around R140 ($10, £8, €9) – R170 ($12, £9, €11)

Capacity

The Southern Cross can hold up to 85 passengers.

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City Sightseeing Harbour Cruise

Take a relaxing cruise on Cape Town’s little red boat and view the wonders of the waterfront harbour. From the resident seals playing in the water, to the international ships that tower over the smaller boats. These boats also offer a great option for those looking for an amazing party boat Cape Town can offer.

Operating Times and Days

The cruise runs every day, starting at 10 am and ending at 5 pm.
There is a new pick up every 20 minutes.

Duration

The cruise takes just 25 minutes, giving you time to continue your own walking tour through the waterfront.

Cost

Children under 5 are free. Children 5 – 17 years old will pay around R80 ($6, £4, €5) and the fee is for adults is about R120 ($9, £7, €8).

Facilities

  • On-board commentary is available in 15 languages
  • Kid’s audio channel.

Capacity

A maximum of 35 passengers can be taken at a time.

Tommy the Tugboat

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Tommy the Tugboat is a lively, informative cruise for kids around the Cape Town harbour, ideal for groups of children and their fun-loving guardians. Tommy is docked at North Wharf at the V&A Waterfront, which allows groups who are visiting the aquarium to easily add this trip to their itinerary.

Operating Times and Days

The boat runs every day from 11 am to 5 pm.

Duration

The usual trip is 30 minutes, however, 1-hour trips can be arranged with the booking office.

Cost

Adults pay around R120 ($9, £7, €8) and children R80 ($6, £4, €5), special prices can be arranged for school groups with a minimum of 30 children.

Capacity

A maximum of 34 passengers can fit on board the tugboat.

Where do they start?

The boats all leave from the Waterfront in Cape Town.

As well as the boat rides mentioned above, there are also speedboat rides available from the V&A Waterfront and kayaking adventures, too. You will also find private luxury cruises that we have not mentioned too.

The Waterfront is not only a great place to go and have a look at the large international cruise ships, but also to enjoy a bit of cruising of your own.

So next time you are planning a party, or a school outing, or a date out with your significant other, why not try out one of these cruises from Cape Town. Not only will you have tons of fun, and get to learn more about marine life, but you’ll leave with some unforgettable memories.

8.5 Total Score
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The VNA Waterfront's most exciting activity

Get off the docks and venture out into the Atlantic Ocean

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Value For Money
8.5
Fun
9
Accessibility
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8.7
PROS
  • Great for anyone
  • Beautiful views of Table Mountain
  • Guaranteed to see a Cape Fur Seal
  • Chance of seeing dolphins
CONS
  • Poor weather can ruin the activity
  • Not suitable for persons exceptionally susceptible to sea sickness
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  1. Rating
    80

    Great day out and great guide. We skipped the whale boat trip but the view from the cliffs was amazing and the guide kindly lent us his binoculars.

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  2. Rating
    100

    A fantastic trip, a great driver/guide who was informative and amusing. Wonderful scenery, I managed to go out on a boat and had super views of the whales. Probably one of the best day trips I’ve done.

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  3. Rating
    20

    It was disappointing. We didnt feel the guide wanted to make a nice trip like I felt with other guides in South Africa. We spent only 10min in Hermanus, they guide wanted to do only a drive through!! and the town was nice enough to have been there more time. The boat was too expensive for its real duration and we were not informed about it, we felt the guide was more interested on her commission instead of informing properly the boat was 700ZAR, around 50, it was almost 2 hours but more than 1h was spent going to the whales, and after the boat we lost 1h in the harbor that could have been spent in Hermanus. Also, we didnt do the wine tasting, she said it was closed! We were given a bottle of wine, we didnt want a free bottle of wine, we wanted the experience of knowing more about South African wines! Hermanus is a nice place, the tour was not a nice experience.

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  4. Rating
    80

    The trip was very beautiful, passing through amazing landscapes. The guide Rodney was knowledgeable, though not a very good listener. Nevertheless, he made sure we got the best spots for each activity. We saw Whales and Penguins. Wine tasting was also done, though in short.

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  5. Rating
    80

    Not enough time for the lunch in Hermanus!

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  6. Rating
    20

    I booked the Full day whale watching in Hermanus trip from Cape Town. Not up to the usual Viator standards, by far. The tour as advertised in the UK is not what we got. We were not taken to the cliff top walk we were given restricted time in the town, which had to include lunch we did visit / tour an industrial estate we were taken to a hill top overlooking the town, but miles from the coastal pass. To see the whales, we had to take the boat trip, which was expensive, and many Japanese tourists found it much too rough. There was no time to visit the penguins, or the Nature Reserve, or the botanical Gardens but time was made to visit a winery. Conclusions – The whales were an exciting experience, but I would not recommend this particular trip to anyone.

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  7. Rating
    100

    A full day tour that brought us to many scenic places along the coast, with a 2hour boat ride out to catch the whales basking in the sun, followed by a yummy lunch in a quaint village. A perfect day!

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  8. Rating
    100

    Recommended, do not forget to pay 30 rands extra and do the harbor cruise too…

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    Shu-An – Austria June 4, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    80

    Interesting trip but outcome very much depending on luck! You get picked up very early (5:15 am) to drive to Gaansbai, where you get a quick breakfast and an introduction to the upcoming trip. Then you board the boat and after ca. 25 min arrive at the anchor point. On board you change into the diving suits and then the first group of people go into the cage. Water was very cold and you don’t see very far. What you see in the end depends very much on your luck: for me personally, it was a rather disappointing experience though others on the same trip did get to see more sharks. If you don’t mind this „gamble“ I‘d recommend going.

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    Anonymous – United States May 19, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    Great Crew onboard and knowledgeable The information shared about the area and the sharks was excellent and informative. I did get quite motion sick in boat and staff was super attentive and helpful. Did not see a great white but the copperhead sharks were quite amazing.

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    Wilfred – South Africa May 14, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    100

    Loved it!

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  12. Rating
    100

    Zeer leuke ervaring. Wij gingen op een dag met veel wind en dat maakte de uitstap nog spectaculairder. Aan te bevelen aan iedereen!

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    Esme – South Africa April 17, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    Magnificent! Such a good experience for a 40th! It was an absolute perfect experience. We were so blessed with perfect weather! Catered for everyone: one could take part in the dancing inside or just enjoy the spectacular view outside. Cape Town is a beautiful city. Had lots of fun on the boat with Dutch guests as well. Safety briefing before was good. Our grandchildren or 7 and 9 enjoyed themselves as well. Thanks for a super experience.

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    Pedro Jovchelevich – Brazil April 3, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    60

    The view were amazing but we didn’t sail They should tell us before if will sail or not

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  15. Rating
    100

    Great experience despite it being overcast Although we'd had clear blue skies all afternoon, as soon as we set to sea the clouds crept in and quickly covered the sun. Hence it was quite a cold experience and there was no sunset to be seen, but the crew did their best to make it an enjoyable experience still!

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    Steve – United Kingdom March 21, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    Great Very lucky to see and hear a couple of whales, even though were were not expecting to do so due to time of year, Dolphins were swimming next to boat, our guide was very informative and helpful.

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  17. Rating
    100

    Fantastic

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  18. Rating
    100

    Traumhaft! Diese Tour ist ein Muss wenn man zur richtigen Zeit in Südafrika ist. Wir waren eine kleine Gruppe, unser Tourguide war super gut drauf und es war auch eine deutsch sprechende Begleiterin mit, die übersetzt hat. Auf dem Weg nach Hermanus hat uns der Tourguide sehr viele Informationen gegeben, wir haben ein Quiz gemacht und es war einfach eine total entspannte Atmosphäre. In Hermanus angekommen (vorher kurzer Stop im botanischen Garten) kann man sich optional ein Ticket für die Bootstour kaufen. Dieses kostet zwar nochmal knapp 50 Euro aber es lohnt sich! Haben sehr viele Wale gesehen, manche kamen bis zu 10 Metern an unser Boot ran. Es war einfach unglaublich. Von der Küste aus konnte man zwar auch paar Wale sehen aber die waren zu weit weg, deshalb empfehle ich die Bootstour! An Bord gab es für jeden ein kaltes Getränk und eine kleine Tüte Chips. Crew war sehr nett. Bei der Weinverkostung konnte man auch was anderes trinken, war im Preis inclusive.

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    Kristina – United States August 31, 2018 at 12:00 am
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    100

    We originally booked this tour because it was one of the few that included Robben Island, however we were not expecting the eye-opening experience that we would go through. The personalized township tour was something we will never forget and made us realize a different side of Cape Town. We would highly recommend this tour as you see the past and present of the city’s history. Sam and Shake were also great guides who were very honest and recperive to any questions.

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  20. Rating
    100

    Exceptional Great tour, very well organized. The pick up was at the time agreed. We arrived in Gansbaai and we did one of the most beautiful experience. The tour operator(Ivanhoe) has great experience and they are also very professional and what I like more is their passion and attention to respect the whales. We had a very lucky day with 6 whales around the boat. Great experience. I recommend it.

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    Isabel – South Africa August 25, 2018 at 12:00 am
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    100

    Township and Robben Island I was looking to go to Robben Island as a last minute tour and could only find Sam’s Tour Company with a next day ticket and I am glad I did. The whole day was eye opening, helping to remind me of the struggles and see how the country has changed in many ways but has not changed much in others. It was also interesting to learn about the idland’s long history going back to the 1600’s. The Robben Island trip was postponed as the ferry was cancelled but I was rescheduled the next morning. Sam was helpful, gracious and informative.

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  22. 4.5
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    Fun
    90
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    One of the best things you can do in the Waterfront, love taking my friends visiting cape town on one of the cruises, especially the sunset ones

    + PROS: Great way to experience the harbour and see Cape Town
    - CONS: Can be cold, but they give you blankets
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  23. Rating
    100

    Great trip and pre-departure support from local contacts This trip undersells itself! The guys onboard are so friendly and we spotted penguins and sharks before stopping to take in the beautiful sunset. This was a wonderfully chilled out end to the day! Bubbles and happy memories await you!

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  24. Rating
    100

    Amazing !!

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    mohamed – United Arab Emirates July 6, 2018 at 12:00 am
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    100

    Amazing trip Very well organized secure and safe and informative the tour guide is super cool and fun I recommend it if you need to explore capetown also as a value for money definetly its cheap and worth

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    Anonymous – South Africa November 18, 2017 at 12:00 am
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    100

    Great nature experience support by a fantastic team It was a great experience on the boat along the coast line. Seeing Southern Right Whales in the waves was a fantastic experience. The skipper and his crew did a fantastic job to spot the whales in the waves and approaching them with respect. The crew was very professional and did their job to make the day in Gansbaai a magical experience.

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    Anonymous – Wiener Neustadt, Austria November 3, 2015 at 12:00 am
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    80

    Sehr gut organisierte Tour zu den Walen – Bootstour umbedingt machen Die Tour war sehr gut organisiert, die Route durchdacht und wunderschön; man sollte unbedingt die Bootstour machen, weil man so viel näher an die Wale herankommt. Wir haben zwar auch einen Wal von der Küste aus gesehen, aber wirklich etwas erkennen konnten wir nur vom Boot aus.

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