Cape Town Ocean Adventures
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP Boarding)
Stand-up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world and it is quickly taking hold in South Africa, not only as a sport, but as a fitness-orientated pastime as well. Like surfing, part of the draw is the physical element, without it ever feeling like a workout. But unlike surfing, it doesn’t take very long to get to grips with the basics. There are a number of schools to teach you the basics and will have you on the water in no time!
Shark Cage Diving
Shark Cage Diving is one of the most popular activities for tourists and with good reason. There is no better way to observe the mighty awesome animal in its natural habitat. Staring into its cold, black eyes while trying not to scream as it shows you why it is the world’s best cage fighter. White Shark in Gansbaai, attracts visitors travelling The Cape Whale Coast Route who want the experience of authentic adventure.
Seal Snorkeling in Cape Town is the ultimate wildlife experience for the adventurous. Plunge into the cool Atlantic Ocean and snorkel with hundreds of playful Cape Fur seals. Interact with them in their environment and on their terms. Duiker Island in Hout Bay is home to about 5 000 seals that are not fed or trained, they behave naturally and interact with snorkelers and Scuba divers on their own terms.
A popular sport among the locals, who you can often see paddling up and down the coast in the late afternoon, kayaking offers a great way to experience the ocean and its inhabitants up close while enjoying some spectacular views of the city. Thankfully you don’t have to have arms of steel or the lungs of a seal to enjoy this unique interaction with nature, as there are numerous guided kayaking tours all around the city offering everything from a sunset cruise around the Atlantic Seaboard along Mouille Point, Sea Point and Clifton, to paddles out to Boulders Beach to see the penguins.
South Africa may be known for its Big Five, but the marine wildlife is just as impressive! Every year, southern right whales take a vacation in Cape waters, treating Cape Town locals to a display of breaching, fluking and gushing. Of the whale species seen in the waters around the Cape, southern right whales are the most common. However, you might also get a chance to see humpback whales and Bryde’s whales. The peak season for whale watching is from July to December, and southern right whales guaranteed between August and November.
With over 30 beaches to choose from variety is truly the spice of life when kite boarding in the Mother City. The stretch of coastline offers perfect conditions for the sport with the wind and weather just right AND flat waters and waves! The city is a popular one for professionals and amateurs with many beaches considered global hot spots. There are also a few schools to teach you the sport and guarantee to have you in the water sin no time!