Water Activities in Cape Town Perfect for Winter Seasons

The winter season is not what we normally think of as beach time. But many of us are aquaphiles, or water lovers, and therefore have a strong need to be in or in water. Satisfy that need with the following three water activities that would allow you to spend your time doing what you love without getting soaked in the freezing waters.

1. Waterside Kayaking

Check out Ocean Waterfront Kayak, a kayaking company that operates from the waterfront in Cape Town. Kayaking in Cape Bay is a fun activity perfect for team building, birthday parties or just an exciting weekend adventure with friends. Waterfront Kayak offers daily trips for all fitness levels and skill levels, from beginner to expert, but the minimum age requirement is eight years old.

For R350 per person you get a 90 minute kayaking session including 60 minutes on the water. Longer journeys at an additional cost are also available on request. Reservation is essential and must be made by 8 p.m. the day before during the off-peak months of May to August. Waterfront Kayak also offers special offers and combo packages for groups of four or more, as well as a kayak and boat cruise for R500 per person.

Waterfront Kayak trips begin in Granger Bay and paddlers will paddle the Atlantic coast, enjoying the magnificent views of Signal Hill and Lion’s Head. The paddling experience is based on wind and swell direction, instead of being a fixed route to a specific destination, so each trip will be unique. During the trip, paddlers will be on the lookout for marine wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, sunfish, penguins and whales.


  • Location: Shop No 8, Quay 5, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002
  • Website: waterfrontkayak.co.za
  • Cost: From R350 per person, 90 hour session
Photo: @waterfrontkayak / Instagram

2. Stand-Up Paddle:

How “dry” this activity is depends heavily on your balance and skill, but if you’re feeling brave, stand-up paddling is a very rewarding activity. SUP Cape Town rents out gear for use on the canal and also offers long term rentals for vacation trips. During the high season months of December to February, they also rent equipment at the famous Clifton 4th beach.

Rentals start at R150 for a 30 minute session or R220 for a 60 minute session. If you’re a beginner, SUP Cape Town has three stations where you can find your feet (and balance) in the Waterfront canals. Included in the rental are all necessary equipment and a basic lesson on land.

If you need a guided introduction to this fun activity, you can also opt for an introductory lesson. Under the guidance of a SUP instructor, you’ll learn about safety, equipment specifications, stability, stance and balance with different paddle strokes. Lessons with a SUP instructor cost R550 for 90 minutes.

For more experienced paddlers who want to take a paddle board out into the open waters, SUP Cape Town also offers inflatable boards for long-term rentals. Pay from R850 for a 24-hour rental, or opt for a 2-day rental, a 3-day rental or a 7-day week rental.


  • Location: Battery Park, Alfred St, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8012
  • Website: supcapetown.co.za
  • Cost: From R150 per person, 30 minute session
Photo: SUP Cape Town

3. Cape Town Water Bikes

Maybe balance isn’t your forte, so why not try the exciting and unique way to experience the ocean on a water bike instead? Glide over the waters on non-motorized, eco-friendly water bikes designed for use on the ocean. Thanks to the elevated seating position, you don’t get wet, making it an ideal winter activity on the water. Water bikes are easy to use, very stable, simple to steer and require no balancing. They’re quiet, so don’t worry about disturbing wildlife below the water’s surface. Water biking requires no previous experience or skill and it’s a truly sustainable eco-adventure.

Cape Town Water Bikes depart from a private launch facility at Simon’s Town Pier, where you can choose between a 30-minute guided tour, a 1-hour guided ocean adventure tour or a guided adventure tour two-hour oceanic. The one-hour guided tour is perfect for those who want the adventure of water biking at a relaxed pace, while the two-hour tour is a morning tour designed for more active guests. Depending on weather conditions, the tour will head to the Seals and African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach, or drive along the coast through Long Beach to the Clan Stuart Shipwreck and continue along the scenic coastline, before returning turn back to the historic naval base.

Cape Town Water Bikes trips have a minimum age of 13 and children must be accompanied by an adult. Riders must be a minimum height of approximately 1.5m to reach the pedals.


  • Location: Simon’s Town Pier, 1 Wharf St, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, 7975
  • Website: capetownwaterbikes.co.za
  • Cost: From R350 per person, 30 minute session
Image: Cape Town Water Bikes

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