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Penguin Sea Kayak Trip

Simon's Town

Activity Description

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.The trip leaves from Simon’s Town Waterfront and we paddle past the Naval Harbour and out to Boulder’s Beach to see the penguins. If the time and tide is right we may stop on a beach for a swimming break and will generally be able to get a close up look at penguins on the rocks nearby.

The daily scheduled trip leaves at 8.30am summer season (9.00am winter season). High season generally also has an 11am trip and often an afternoon trip as well. Click on your chosen date above to check.


Duration2 hours
WhenThis service is available all year round, depending on the weather.
WhereThe trip leaves from Simon's Town Waterfront and there is a car park right there. A local landmark is Berthas Restaurant (see our website directions page). Please plan to arrive around 15 minutes prior to your scheduled trip time. You should also always text or WhatsApp 082 501 8930 an hour before trip time to check weather because if the conditions are adverse the trip may be postponed.
WeatherThis service is weather permitting. You must always contact us in the morning before you leave for the trip to check the weather. If it's cancelled then we try and get you on the next nice day if you can make it. Note that a rainy day is not "bad weather", only a windy day is.
What to WearWear something that you don't mind getting wet like your swimming clothes and a T-shirt. Bring something warm for the winter months. Barefoot is fine but you can wear shoes or sandals, although flip flops are not recommended.
Things to BringYou should bring a towel and a change of clothes in case you got wet and want to change. Don't forget your hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. A camera in a waterproof container is optional. Our guides will take pictures to be posted on our FaceBook page.
Guests or SpectatorsNon paying guests can wait at a variety of local coffee shops for the trip to return.


Minimum Age10 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelAverage
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight120.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

InclusionsGuided kayak tour with all equipment included.
ExclusionsFood and drinks.


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.

Kids under 10 are usually too small to paddle but if the the parent is strong and there is no wind then younger children may be accommodated at our discretion.

Customer Reviews

My kayak excursion was well organized. I enjoyed it and the information provided by both guides. They were actually understanding too as I experienced some motion sickness. I recommend their services. - Miguel Ramirez

We had a brilliant trip, just right length of time and distance and great viewings towards the land and through and in the water. The kayaks were easy and comfortable and we were well guided. We’d be keen to do it again. - Hilary Ann Salinger

We had an amazing time doing the sea kayak trip! Our guide was really knowledgeable, and not just about penguins. You come up close to the penguins, but I don't think we disturbed them in any kind of way. And if you do the trip and the guide asks you if you want to do the short or further route: the further route is totally worth it! Even though we did the trip on a chilly day, we weren't really cold because of the exercise and the windstopper that we could lend. We'd definitely recommend this trip! - Lieke Vogelvang

The experience was good! The weather wasn't great so the instructors adjusted accordingly. We really would've loved to see the penguins as we signed up for, but overall it was a nice time. - Hannah

Absolutely awesome. Enjoyed the relaxed manner of the guides. Beautiful morning. So blessed!! - Gaye

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