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Cape Town: Coastal Catamaran Cruise

1. Cape Town: Coastal Catamaran Cruise

Enjoy a one-hour scenic coastal cruise aboard a luxury power catamaran. The vessel will take you from the historic V&A Waterfront area on an adventure out to sea. Throughout the cruise, you'll travel along the Atlantic coastline to the Green Point Lighthouse before then traveling back to the harbor. With spectacular mountain and city views, the cruise provides perfect ocean views over many of Cape Town’s splendors. Your one-hour cruise operates daily, with regular departures from Quay 5. With a cash bar on board for refreshments as well as great service, this is a trip not to be missed.

Cape Town: 12-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

2. Cape Town: 12-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Take off from the iconic V&A Waterfront for a scenic helicopter flight along the Atlantic Coast. Fly over Cape Town Stadium and Lion’s Head, a mountain forming part of the dramatic backdrop to the city. Fly over the neighborhoods of Clifton and Camps Bay and admire their beautiful dwellings, cliffs, and beaches. Finish your flight with a panoramic view of Table Mountain, South Africa’s most iconic mountain landmark.   Your pilot is also a trained guide, who’ll communicate with you through high-quality Bose headphones, making your flight informative and fun. Fly in an R44, Airbus H120 or Airbus H130, all eco-friendly helicopters built for the best views.

Cape Town Waterfront and Bay: Sailing Trip

3. Cape Town Waterfront and Bay: Sailing Trip

Depending on the wind, the trip is either a sail across Table Bay towards Milnerton Lighthouse and back to the Waterfront in a southeast wind (summer wind) or heading North East towards to Robben Island in a northwestern wind (winter wind). The skippers pick the most comfortable course, normally a beam reach. And if you don’t know what a beam reach is, the cheerful crew members are happy to help you learn about sailing. When it is not possible to sail comfortably and safely in the direction we need to proceed then we will use the Engine. Variation to cruise (due to weather) For all the vessels, when the seas are running too high or the wind is unpleasantly strong, instead of heading into Table Bay the destination is the Cape Town Harbor for a harbor day cruise or a harbor lights cruise. This safety feature is a perfect alternative, offering magical views of the harbor, Cape Town and Table Mountain and in the evening the lights of Cape Town and the harbor. In extreme conditions the skipper will take every aspect into account, and even stay dockside to ensure the safety of the passengers.

Cape Town: 2 Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight

4. Cape Town: 2 Oceans Scenic Helicopter Flight

Enjoy a helicopter flight from Cape Town's V&A Waterfront with informative commentary. Fly around Table Mountain to see the Atlantic Ocean on one side of the Cape Peninsula and continue till you get to the Indian Ocean on the other side. Get a Table Bay Boat Safari ticket with this tour. Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Get a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circle around Table Mountain. Continue over the city to see Cape Town Stadium, one of the venues of the 2010 World Cup. Then, travel down the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, passing Signal Hill, Camps Bay, and Clifton Beach along the way. Get bird's eye views of the luxury homes, and marvel at the mountains of the Twelve Apostles as you head for Karbonkelberg Mountain. Soar over historic Hout Bay, and then cross the Cape Peninsula to move from one ocean to the other. See if you can tell where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Indian Ocean near False Bay. Watch as the terrain changes from sandy beaches to rolling hills to rugged cliffs. Then fly over Muizenberg Beach and keep your eye out for shadows in the water – they might be great white sharks. Head back towards Cape Town on the other side of Table Mountain, and get a different view of Cape Town's most famous landmark and its surrounding landscape. Pass over the pretty vineyards of the Constantia Valley before landing back at the V&A Waterfront Helipad.

Cape Town: Clifton Beach Yacht Party

5. Cape Town: Clifton Beach Yacht Party

Clifton yacht parties have become renowned as the summer event not to be missed. This 3-hour summer extravaganza is a combination of effortless cruising aboard a luxury catamaran and a magical party in Clifton Bay.   You can dance or swim, chat or chill on the incredible Enigma, as the yacht expert crew drops anchor at Clifton Bay to soak up the beautiful coastal scenery. The bars have all the liquid refreshments to keep you extra chilled as top local DJs heat things up on the decks with hot summer music. Come experience the best way on earth to enjoy a Saturday afternoon.

Cape Town: Stand-up Paddleboard Experience

6. Cape Town: Stand-up Paddleboard Experience

Learn a new skill or perfect your stand-up paddle technique by gliding across the water at the V&A Waterfront of Cape Town. Practice on the calm water of the canal with 30 or 60 minutes of board rental. Enjoy some of the finest views of beautiful Cape Town from the protected canals of the V&A Waterfront. Begin with a short lesson from a knowledgeable instructor before you hit the water.

Cape Town V&A Waterfront Seal Snorkeling Experience

7. Cape Town V&A Waterfront Seal Snorkeling Experience

Meet at the dive shop to complete paperwork, listen to an informative briefing, and try on your snorkeling gear. Head to the snorkeling site and get into the water with your PADI qualified guide. Go on a 1-hour search for seals and other marine life including dolphins, whales, penguins, sunfish, and much more. Share the beauty of the ocean with these playful mammals. Learn about the Cape's fur seals habits and experience their friendly nature first hand.  Take a picturesque drive from the V&A Waterfront past well-known sites including the Lions Head and the Twelve Apostles. 

Robben Island By Air Scenic Helicopter Flight

8. Robben Island By Air Scenic Helicopter Flight

Make your way to the V&A Waterfront Helipad to check in about 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled shared helicopter flight over the city and coast. Get a safety briefing on arrival, and then proceed to the beautiful flight deck to see the operation up close and personal while you wait to board your flight. Climb aboard a helicopter and start your adventure with a complete circumnavigation of Robben Island. Once airborne you leave the city behind you as you soar over the Atlantic ocean and head straight for the historical Robben Island. Your pilot will confidently navigate the helicopter around the island enabling you to experience the best possible views of the prison, the village and all else that is so unique on it. En route back to the mainland you will get to view the picture perfect combination of Cape Town and Table Mountain with Lion's Head and Camps Bay in the distance. As you descend for landing you fly over the working harbour of Table Bay and get one last look at Table Mountain.

Cape Town: Half-Day e-Bike City Tour

9. Cape Town: Half-Day e-Bike City Tour

Discover the "Mother City" with an electric bike and a registered tour guide. This scenic tour along the Atlantic seaboard and history-rich city is both easy to do and bound to be a highlight for your trip to South Africa. Crossing the Yacht Marina and through the waterfront, you will visit the oldest lighthouse in South Africa. After riding on Seapoint’s Walkway, your guide will lead you to Greenpoint Gardens where you will encounter a superb view over Cape Town Stadium. You'll later visit the Nelson Mandela Jetty 1 Museum, where all the prisoners were kept before being transferred to Robin Island. Aboard your convenient e-bike, this tour is effortless and contains many possibilities to stop for photos.

Cape Town: Private Full-Day Table Mountain and City Tour

10. Cape Town: Private Full-Day Table Mountain and City Tour

Join this tour for a day filled with the city's biggest highlights. Travel by cable car to top of Table Mountain. Descend through Malay Quarter, also known as Bo-Kaap. Visit the Bo-Kaap Museum and see the beautiful colorful houses. Explore the city center, Company Gardens, and Green Market Square. Visit the Castle of Good Hope, the oldest colonial building in South Africa. To finish the day, we take a bike ride along the Sea Point Promenade to the V and A Waterfront for a late lunch, shopping, or for drop-off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about V&A Waterfront

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 114 reviews

Really good boat trip, crew were really friendly and attentive. We saw dolphins, sea lions, penguins and a glimpse of a whale! Would recommend

Everything was absolutely amazing. This was the second time I've gone on this cruise and it just gets better and better

amazing customer service, pleasant pilot , fantastic views absolutely worth it. will definitely recommend

Good vibes, amazing views of Table Mountain. Saw dolphins, seals, penguins & the “Mozambiquan Sea Snake”

Was a fabulous experience! The crew were super friendly and loads of fun! Would definitely do it again.