Water Activities

The Water Sports and Activities We Love To Do in Cape Town

South Africans love the outdoors and all that it offers – braaivleis, sunny skies, rugby, and in certain quarters, some time ago, Chevrolet. This now iconic South African phrase was once a Chevrolet advertising slogan, one that struck a chord with citizens on the southern tip of Africa. Cape Town is known for its variety and vast array of activities, all available on one’s doorstep.

Resident or visitor – you pick the sport or activity that floats your boat. People here in Cape Town are crazy about outdoor activities and sports, most of which are played outside, such as water sports and marine inspired activities, rugby, cricket, soccer, volleyball, tennis, walking or hiking, horseback riding, biking, and rock or mountain climbing. Since Cape Town and its outlying areas are surrounded by magnificent ocean waters, it’s not surprising that water sports and activities rank as highly on the popularity stakes as they do.

Water Sports and Activities

Some of the popular water sports and activities include diving, swimming, surfing and windsurfing, fishing, beach combing, yachting, sailing, power boating, or for sheer indulgent relaxation and pure pleasure, luxury charter boat cruising – notably with Tigger 2, (our luxury charter boat concern). Nevertheless, let’s take a closer look at popular places for water sports and activities.

Surfing 

  • Muizenberg – only about half an hour from the Tape Town’s CBD
  • Kommetjie – a long sandy beach that stretches on, seemingly forever
  • Scarborough
  • Big Bay
  • Dunes
  • Blouberg
  • Llandudno
  • Off the Wall
  • Glen Beach

Wind and Kite Surfing 

  • Big Bay
  • Sunset Beach
  • Melkbos
  • Milnerton
  • Blouberg
  • Haakgat
  • Further along the West Coast – Langebaan, Yzerfontein, Elands Bay

Note that not all of these beaches or surf spots are immediate to Cape Town, but they are nonetheless close enough to experience and enjoy during a day/half-day trip.

Shark Cage Diving 

  • Dyer Island/Shark Alley/Gansbaai
  • Simons Town
  • Seal Island
  • False Bay

Dive Sites 

  • Simon’s Town
  • Clifton Rock

Other Favourite Things to Do 

  • Take a boat trip across the ocean to Robben Island, where the late President Nelson Mandela and many others were imprisoned. Swim from Cape Town to Robben Island – only for the exceptionally fit, long distance, open-water swimmers who comply with various terms and conditions.
  • Whale watching, generally from about July onwards, especially in False Bay, and along the coast from Gordon’s Bay to Kleinmond and Hermanus.
  • Aquarium diving.
  • Horseback riding along the beach.

There’s so much to see and so many things to do in and around Cape Town that it is just too much to mention. It’s safe to say though that whatever water sport or activity takes your fancy, you’re sure to find it in the fairest Cape.

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