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Do Something Different in Cape Town
Kayak the warm waters of False Bay with us.

We paddle every day of the year, weather permitting - not just the summer. The winter months are also wonderful for paddling because winter has more calm windless days than summer and on those days it is absolutely beautiful. Plus there is always a chance of seeing whales.
 
Penguin Sea Kayak Trip

Penquin Sea Kayak Video Trip Trips leave every day (365 days a year) in the morning weather permitting.
The daily scheduled trip leaves at 8.30am summer season and 9.00am winter season. The weather and penguin viewing is generally better in the morning, but groups of 2 or more can book an afternoon trip if it is more convenient.
When booking online you may see a later trip already scheduled for the day. If you abslolutely cannot do 8.30/9.00 then book onto the later trip.
If you don't see one then text, whattsapp or email.

We do strongly advise the early trip as penguin activity is greater and wind is less of a problem with less chance of cancellation.
Duration 2 hours.
Cost R300 per person. Advance booking is required.

Watch the 60 second trip video - click the above picture


Book onlineOne 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 Boulder's Beach to see the penguins. On the way we will normally encounter a number of Cape Fur seals resting in kelp beds or next to the harbour wall.
If the time and tide is right we may stop on a beach for a swimming break, or else we swim from the kayaks.
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.

The best way to book is by clicking the button above. It will tell you availability and all the information you need to know.


Info on Penquins Some Information about Penguins
During the whale season in winter there
is a chance of seeing whales as well.


We also sell trip vouchers for gifts, please email for details.


Penguin Trip Comments

prior to the invention of Trip Advisor :)

Penguin Sign

"In one word: FUN!! Spend the morning on the high seas with the penguins and seals, you won't even realise it's exercise until it's over. Highly recommended."
Linda and Sally, Australia


"Fab, fab, fab!
The Boulder's Beach trip was great. Close-ups with whales, encounters with penguins, exciting conditions and great and humourous leadership, this was a trip we will remember for a long time."
Kathryn, Glasgow

Kayak waiting for a navy ship to pass
Kayak waiting for a navy ship to pass

"As first time paddlers Saturday was perfect, the sea I mill pond and the passing scenery stunning, even the penguins danced for us. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to friends and look forward to further adventures with your company."
Amanda and Bruce, plus Angus and his mate Luke, Cape Town


"Really fantastic trip. Saw plenty and would recommend it to anyone who likes a nice paddle on the ocean wave"
Simon Kerwick, London


"I've lived here all my life and didn't know what a great time I could have paddling at sea."
Ajay, Cape Town


Single kayaker watches the penguins
Kayaks at Ark Rock in False bay

"Very wonderful time. Saw penguins swimming by the boat and also really enjoyed the snorkeling by the beach"
Otto, Amsterdam


"Sea kayaking was a fantastic experience. It was physically challenging but we had an excellent guide who gave me excellent tips on how I can kayak more efficiently. Even when I fell a bit behind I was never discouraged because Derek never went far from my side and encouraged me when I got tired. Excellent scenery from the kayaks and it was fantastic to get another view of the penguins from the kayaks. The short break on the beach was also very peaceful, while we relaxed our muscles we were able to sit on the rocks and listen to the ocean crashing. Thanks so much for a fantastic trip!"
Carrie, Texas
Penguin Sign

"The morning sea kayak adventure was the highlight of my time around Cape Town! We saw penguins, seals and even a whale!! Our guide was fun, the group was small and the views from the kayak spectacular. It felt like a much more real and personal encounter with animals and a relaxed view of the breathtaking scenery. Thank you for a wonderful morning!."
Emma, Sydney


"Die oggend "uitstappie" op die kayak in valsbaai was definitief die hoogtepunt van my vakansie. Ek sal dit vir almal aanbeveel! Baie gesien- walvis baie naby. Fenominaal! (The morning's trip on the kayak was definitely the highlight of my holiday. I will recommend it to everyone. Saw loads - whales very close. Phenomenal!)."
Renee Meyer, Natal


"The outing was part of my wife Linda's 60th birthday present and it was worth every cent. We both enjoyed every minute, and for Linda it was an ambition that exceeded her every expectation. It was just cloudy enough to add character to the light, Derek was a great guide, and apart from a mild swell, it was great paddling weather. Quite an experience gliding through the kelp fields, being able to see the stems of the kelp swaying up from the sand clearly visible below one; watching the many starfish scuttling about. And also a very different experience loitering near the bullnose, watching a submarine lining up to enter, with the big tug standing by and the harbour walls looming up nearby, while seals sported beneath them. It was a real pleasure not to be hustled along, navigating our way leisurely through the rocks of Boulders, getting the feel of the craft, and just soaking up the experience. As neither Linda nor myself have felt any of the expected stiffness, I guess it won't be long before we have another go.."
Malcolm Esterhuizen, Fish Hoek


"Bai an kayaking go han-mhaith ar fad. Go hiortach e!."
Padraig & Evet Arnoid, Youghal, Co Cork Ireland


"Dankie baie, dit was heerlik. Sal dit weer doen. (Thank you, it was wonderful. Shall do it again.)."
William & Michelle Liebisch, Uvongo, KZN


"Thank you very much for the trip of a lifetime! We really enjoyed paddling up close to the penguin colony. However, the highlight of the trip by far was watching a whale resurfacing on several occasions only 50m from our kayak! A highly recommended experience. Many thanks.."
Harry Doherty, Ireland


"We spent a wonderful Cape Town winter morning on the Penguin Sea Kayak Trip. It was definitely a highlight of our Cape Town experience - gorgeous scenery, a friendly guide, and tons of penguins! Highly recommended!."
Liz Heyman, USA


"I want to thank you for the wonderfull trip to the Penguins on the 25th of January. I like to thank you for your humorous kind of guiding us to the Boulders and I hope, that I can join you at a trip during the whale season... then... one time."
Kathrin, Germany


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