7 Amazing watersports and water activities in Cape Town

02 February 2022

Water lovers are bound to fall in love with Cape Town, a port city on South Africa’s southwest coast.  One of its most compelling entertainment categories is water activities which come in various forms and thrill levels.

With its primarily sunny weather and Mediterranean climate, Cape Town is one of Africa’s leading tourist destinations and has plenty to offer residents and visitors.

The city is a beautiful mosaic of contrasts. Since it is contiguous with both the Atlantic and Indian oceans, the warm waters of the Indian Ocean meet their icy Atlantic counterpart resulting in scenic views and awe-inspiring beaches.

Below are some of the best water activities you can enjoy while staying in this great city


Enjoy paddle boarding for up to 3kms on the city’s waterfront canals. The sport is also known as Stand-Up Boarding (or SUPing) and is as ancient as the city itself. Widely-practiced by early fishermen, paddle boarding was a leisure activity as well as a life skill.

Today, seasoned boarding enthusiasts can rent a board at one of the many shops on the waterfront and lose themselves in this relaxing activity.

Learners aged nine years and above can also give it a go as it is pretty easy to learn thanks to a host of instructors who are always at hand for professional guidance.

It is the perfect way to wind down a lazy weekend afternoon.


Rent a kayak and enjoy a magnificent view of Cape Town’s coastline and an introduction to some of its marine life. Further afield is Hout Bay, a fishing village 20km away from the bustle of Cape Town’s CBD. A guided kayak tour exposes you to Southern Right Whales, penguins, Cape fur seals, and dolphins.

Aside from exploring the abundant marine life,, kayaking in Cape Town also gives you spectacular sea views of iconic landmarks like the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range and Lion’s Head.

Water Biking

Forget jet skis, how about going for an eco-friendly, aerobic water biking excursion instead?

These bikes are stable, buoyant and require little skill to ride. They are an excellent bonding opportunity for families as they’re suitable for all ages.

Get to enjoy views of the Table Mountain Range as you effortlessly glide on the water.


There is an assortment of natural swimming spots in Cape Town. One of the obvious choices is Crystal’s Pools Hiking Trail in Gordon’s Bay. True to their name, the pools have clear water and are every swimmer’s idea of paradise.

Another ideal swimming spot is at Silvermine, an hour’s drive from the City’s CBD. It is the perfect spot for both picnics and swimming. Noordhoek beach is yet another spectacular choice for swimming enthusiasts due to its calm turquoise waters and stunning pristine white beach. Meanwhile, the Hout Bay also offers plenty of quiet natural swimming spots thanks to its serene, gorgeous expanse of beach.

The coastline also has an abundance of stunning tidal pools that are great for families.


Although the continent is renowned for its wildlife and award-winning African beaches, Cape Town also brings you some bonus features and activities that may not be so common in other parts of Africa.

One such activity is surfing at one of the many world-class surf spots around the city’s beaches. You can check out the top five spots, including Big Bay, Muizenberg, Long Beach, Milnerton Lighthouse, and Off The Wall.

April and May are the best times of the year to surf in Cape Town. There are plenty of waves for beginners and advanced surfers alike. Milnerton is one of the best spots for beginners, while Off The Wall is better suited for advanced surfers.

Chartered Boat Rides

If you’re looking for something a little more relaxed, then chartered boat rides might be just what you need. With a plethora of fancy vessels to choose from, you and your posse can go for a fun cruise onboard a fully-catered luxury boat.

It is a fantastic way to hold a party while on vacation. That goes for any celebration- from birthdays to anniversaries. Some of the boats can take up to 65 guests at a time and allow you to choose your menu.

Champagne Cruises

There is no better way to savour a sundowner than on a champagne cruise. During this golden hour, you can get to take incredible shots of the city’s shoreline or the Table Mountains as the sun sets and you wind down your day.

Champagne cruises give you a chance for soulful contemplation as a solo traveller as well. For love birds, it is a romantic end to your day’s excursions, and for groups, it is a chance at taking awesome sun-kissed group photos.

On such a cruise, you will board a 39-foot catamaran (a multi-hulled boat) that leaves the V&A Waterfront Harbour for Table Bay. The cruise takes approximately 90 minutes, upon which the catamaran returns to the harbour.

Typically, champagne cruises include two complimentary glasses of white sparkling wine, but additional drinks are available for purchase at the cash bar. The cruise is an opportunity to quietly enjoy a glorious African sunset and usher in the evening in style.

If you would like more Cape Town inspiration, then take a look at our Cape Town Video

Content source: www.capetown.travel
Photo Credit: Cape Town Tourism

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