Jolly Roger Pirate Boat Daytime Cruise

Jolly Roger Pirate Boat Daytime Cruise
Awesome family cruise on the Jolly Roger Pirate Boat, with a hilarious crew of pirates and fabulous views of the Atlantic seaboard!


  • Great Pirate cruise with an on-board show!
  • 60-monute round trip, sailing along the Atlantic seaboard
  • Your little ones will LOVE IT


Cruise on the only authentic pirate ship in South Africa with a full crew of Cape Town pirates. This 60-minute cruise of the V&A Harbour sails along the Atlantic seaboard as far as the Sea Point lighthouse. Guests get to enjoy an abundance of unforgettable experiences, including watching for dolphins and whales, and taking photos of iconic sights like Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. On board facilities include a cash bar and a tented roof cover, allowing for trips even in light rainy weather.


Pirates have been around for centuries, with the first recorded instances of piracy dating back to the 14th century. Since then, the pirate brand of the ‘Jolly Roger’ has long been associated with fear on the high seas. But the Jolly Roger isn’t just a symbol used by pirates. In 1901, Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson announced that wartime submarines were unfair and should be treated as pirates, with all the crew hanged if captured. The idea was certainly harsh, but luckily didn’t take off.

May – September Open Close
Monday 10:00 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 17:00
Thursday 10:00 17:00
Friday 10:00 17:00
Saturday 10:00 17:00
Sunday 10:00 17:00
October – April Open Close
Monday 09:00 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 18:00
Thursday 09:00 18:00
Friday 09:00 18:00
Saturday 09:00 18:00
Sunday 09:00 18:00

Daily tour departure times vary. Guests are encouraged to call for day’s departure times.

Booking essential. Telephone bookings accepted, except in December and January when bookings must be made in-person at the Yacoob Yachts Office.

Phone: +27 (0)21 421 0909

The Jolly Roger Pirate Boat

Advice for visitors

The Jolly Roger Pirate Ship is a great experience for families with young children. The staff provide fun-filled entertainment that can almost convince you that you’ve joined a real pirate ship. Comfortable seating is provided for adults, who can enjoy a drink from the cash bar. Kids get to run around and enjoy hilarious entertainment from the live theatrical pirate show. But make sure to keep an eye on the water to spot whales, penguins and dolphins. With the cruise lasting 90-minutes, leave some time at the end to enjoy a meal next to the water at one of the Waterfront’s many family-friendly restaurants.

Did you know

The quintessential pirate flag of a skull and crossbones, called the ‘Jolly Roger’ flag, wasn’t always flown by pirates. They would fly a plain black or red flag depending on their intentions. If they flew a black flag, it simply meant the crew were set to attack, and would spare the other ship if they surrendered immediately. But a red flag indicated that the pirate ship would attack and show no mercy.