Best Waterfront Boat Rides Prices 2023 | Cape Town

A Waterfront 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, taking a trip to Robben Island or just going on boat rides. We list the best Cape Town Waterfront cruises the city has to offer!

Know Before You Book:

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


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


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.

Waterfront Boat Rides Prices 2023

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

Families with small children can still enjoy an evening sail on this pre-sunset cruise in Cape Town. Watch the sun sink lower in the sky and enjoy the “golden hour”, which makes for beautiful photos, on this pre-sunset cruise. You’ll get back to shore in plenty of time for dinner reservations or...
Champagne Cruise (Pre-Sunset)
Try an exhilarating sailing cruise to no-where across the bay. This cruise can be done on the luxury catamaran Serenity One, depending on the wind on the day.
Cape Town Waterfront and Bay: Sailing Trip
Experience the best way to see the Cape Town Atlantic coastline. This one-hour cruise from the V&A Waterfront to the historic Green Point Lighthouse offers spectacular views of the city and Table Mountain from the perspective of ancient mariners.
Cape Town: Coastal Catamaran Cruise
Hop on board and enjoy a relaxing champagne cruise departing from Cape Town's V&A Waterfront.
Cape Town: V&A Waterfront Champagne Cruise
Catch the sunset over Cape Town from the deck of a sailboat on this evening cruise. Sit back and relax with a provided glass of sparkling wine while watching the sun sink over the city landscape. You’ll get frame-worthy photos of the city and Table Mountain in sunset hues; captain and crew are on...
Sunset Champagne Cruise from Cape Town
Sail out on to the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town to get amazing views of the coast and relax on board, but most importantly to chase the best possible view of the sun setting over the ocean - you won't want to miss this spectacular sight!
Cape Town: Waterfront and Sunset Champagne Cruise
Encounter the rich wildlife of Cape Town's bay ecosystem on a 1.5-hour eco-cruise from Cape Town. Encounter whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, and sunfish in their natural surroundings.
Cape Town: Marine Wildlife Tour from the V&A Waterfront
Get the best possible shot at seeing Africa's Marine Big 5—the African penguin, the Cape fur seal, the great white shark, dolphin, and whale—on this guided tour to Dyer Island. An onboard biologist and experienced crew promise an educational experience focused on learning about the biology and...
Marine Big 5 Safari from Cape Town
Enjoy a scenic 2-hour drive from Cape Town as you explore the beautiful coastline on the way to Gansbaai. Your guide will provide commentary about the area en route. Later, head out on a 2-hour boat trip in search of southern right whales.
From Cape Town: Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus and Gansbaai

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 😉



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.

Waterfront Boat Trips to 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 Waterfront Boat 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


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.


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

Waterfront Boat Trips Prices

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


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


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


SAMSA Licence for 40 Passengers & 3 Crew

The Ameera


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.


This cruise lasts 90 minutes.

V&A Waterfront Boat Rides Prices

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.


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


The Ameera has a maximum allowance of 38 passengers.

The Tigresse


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.


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


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.


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


The Tigresse can hold 60 passengers at a time.


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.


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


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).


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


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


Where Waterfront Boat Rides 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.

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  • Great for anyone
  • Beautiful views of Table Mountain
  • Guaranteed to see a Cape Fur Seal
  • Chance of seeing dolphins
  • Poor weather can ruin the activity
  • Not suitable for persons exceptionally susceptible to sea sickness
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    mohamed – United Arab Emirates July 6, 2018 at 12:00 am

    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

    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

    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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