Cape Town is a metropolis embraced by ocean and with an average of 269 beautifully sunny days every year, our watery playground rivals the world’s best. We have wind, we have waves, and we have the Indian and Atlantic Ocean stretching to the horizon from almost every vantage point on the peninsula.
Hand-in-hand with this natural heritage is the opportunity to get involved in a plethora of water sports, whether it’s sea kayaking alongside Boulder Beach’s resident penguins or scuba diving in our coastline’s biologically thriving watery wilderness.
Whatever your fancy, get your wetsuit on because surf’s up, dude!
Cape Town has year-round windy conditions, which means waves. In fact, we are known internationally for our thrilling surf spots, which cater to the full spectrum of skill levels. Muizenberg beach, Bloubergstrand, and Big Bay are great starting points for beginners while Long beach, Llandudno, and Glen beach offer exhilarating conditions for advanced surfers. Then, for the adrenalin junkies, there’s the aptly named “Dungeons” surf spot, notorious for its massive, cliff-pounding waves (accessible by boat transfer from Hout Bay harbour only.)
Cape Town Surfing is one of a myriad of surf schools that offer daily lessons and tailored packages for individuals and groups that include pick-ups and drop-offs.
Get up close and personal with the Cape’s extraordinary marine life with a full or half-day guided sea kayaking adventure. There are several companies offering such tours from various spots on the peninsula, of which Simon’s Town harbour is the most popular. And for good reason, too! Glide in the shadows of retired warships, enjoy the brisk ocean air and paddle side-by-side with African penguins. Look out for whales, seals, and dolphins, the latter two of which are year-round residents.
Kayak Cape Town offers daily adventures (all year) in and around False Bay. No prior experience is needed and a professional guide will make sure you’re safe at all times.
Scuba Diving in Cape Town
Contrary to popular opinion, scuba diving isn’t limited to warm, turquoise, tropical waters. The Cape’s coast is an incredibly fertile watery wilderness, making it a paradise for divers. In addition to towering kelp forests, colourful reefs, and teeming life, there are abundant shipwrecks to explore. It is, after all, the Cape of Storms.
Into the Blue scuba diving agency and tour operator offers beginner and advanced courses, as well as guided fun dives in spots known for their ocean life and dramatic scenery.
There are few things quite as exhilarating as tearing around the ocean on the back of a jet ski – James Bond just made it look so glamorous! As such, it’s little surprise that this adrenalin-pumping watersport has become a particularly popular activity for Capetonians and tourists alike.
Ocean Star Sailing Academy offers a variety of tailored jet-ski packages in and around the V&A Waterfront and Table Bay harbour. All participants receive a safety and operational brief beforehand and will be accompanied by an instructor on the water.