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9 Waterfront Boat Trips Cape Town Prices (Rides & Cruises 2019)

The V&A Waterfront is the perfect place to find a boat trip. Amazing Cape Town cruises can be found along the Quay Five at the waterfront harbour, and are the perfect addition to any day. Most fair-weathered days you will find a row of stalls offering all different types of cruises from Cape Town.

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Boat Rides Prices

We’ve found all the best boat rides from the Waterfront, Cape Town and their prices for you. So compare, read more and pick the perfect cruises from Cape Town. Book your boat trip online to claim your spot on a cruise of a lifetime.

Waterfront boat rides allow you to fully take in the splendour of the magical Mother City. From the decks of the boats, you are able to view Table Mountain, the bustling coastline, and the marine wildlife such as seals, dolphins, penguins and the many species of fish.

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You can enjoy a fun-filled party at sea, 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.

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 is quite a popular boating trip at the V&A.

Sunset Cruises

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.

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.

Operating Times and Days

The cruise trips 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 offers 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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Duration

90 Minutes

Inclusions

Catamaran Cruise
Glass of Sparkling Wine

Exclusions

Meals

Meals

Self-Catering

Pick-Up

Must meet at IQ Sales Kiosk, North Quay, Waterfront

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:

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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.

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.

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.

How to Book This Cruise:

LOCATION: Ground Level, Quay 5 (Booking Office)
CLOSEST PARKING: Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre Garage
TELEPHONE: +27 21 418 3168
EMAIL: info@waterfrontcharters.co.za
WEBSITE: http://www.waterfrontcharters.co.za
Booking can be done at the booking office, or on the waterfront charters website.

 

City Sightseeing Harbour Cruise

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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.

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

An on-board commentary is available in 15 languages, as well as a kid’s audio channel.

Capacity

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

How to Book This Cruise:

LOCATION: Just outside the Two Oceans Aquarium, Dock Road
CLOSEST PARKING: Portswood Square Garage
TELEPHONE: +27 21 511 6000
EMAIL: info@citysightseeing.co.za
WEBSITE: http://www.citysightseeing.co.za
You can book trips on their website or at the booking office.

 

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.

How to Book

LOCATION: North Wharf
CLOSEST PARKING: Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre Garage
TELEPHONE: +27 21 4210909
EMAIL: info@tigresse.co.za
WEBSITE: http://www.yacoobyachts.com
You can book trips through Webtickets or at the booking office.

FAQ

Where the Waterfront Boat Rides And Cruises 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.

 

Other Activites and Tours

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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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Fun
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Accessibility
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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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    mohamed – United Arab Emirates July 6, 2018 at 12:00 am
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    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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    Amazing !!

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    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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    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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    Isabel – South Africa August 25, 2018 at 12:00 am
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    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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    Kristina – United States August 31, 2018 at 12:00 am
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    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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