Kayak trip to the penguins at Boulders Beach
Take the guided tour on our very stable double kayaks and paddle the warm waters of False Bay and we'll show you some wonderful things on our visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach. No experience is required and any able bodied person can do it. We paddle every day of the year, weather permitting - summer and winter. The winter months are often wonderful for paddling because they have more calm windless days than summer and on those days it is absolutely beautiful. Plus there is always a chance of seeing whales.
One of the most unique places in the world - a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town! And the best way to see it is from the water. We meet at the town jetty in Simon's Town for a short introduction to paddling technique and a safety briefing. We then paddle out past the civilian and Naval Harbour where you get a bonus close up view of our biggest naval vessels and out to Boulders Beach to see the penguins. On the way we will normally encounter a number of Cape Fur seals.
If the time and tide is right we may stop on a beach for a swimming break, or else we swim from the kayaks and get a close up look at penguins on the rocks nearby.
Our double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience and children 10 and up.
This is a trip every able bodied individual can and should do.
During the whale season in winter and spring there is also a possibility of seeing these remarkable animals.
The daily scheduled trip leaves at 8.30am in the summer season (9.00am winter season) when it is usually less windy and penguin sightings are better. In peak summer season we also have an 11am trip, and sometimes an afternoon trip. Groups of 4 or more can arrange an mid morning or afternoon trip by phone, WhatsApp or email, if the availability schedule does not show one.
We also sell trip vouchers for gifts, please click here for details.
COST: R350pp for the 2 hour trip.
The African Penguin is highly endangered and you can help to save them with a small donation to the volunteer run SANCCOB organisation, a registered non-profit whose primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds – especially the African penguin. Click to help save a penguin.
Once a month at Full Moon and only in April until October, when the weather is good, we can paddle out to sea and watch the splendour of full moon rising over the bay from behind the Hottentots Holland mountains. This is truly a unique experience and often books up very quickly.
2018 Dates: 31 Mar, 30 April, 29 May, 28 June, 27 July, 26 Aug, 25 Sep, 24 Oct
COST: R400pp for the 2 hour trip.