Waterfront Charters Harbour Cruise

Waterfront Charters Harbour Cruise
Discover the working harbour of Cape Town with this fun, family-friendly cruise – fishing vessels, rescue boats, icebreakers and seals, from the dry docks to the open ocean!


  • Short cruise departing from iconic V&A Waterfront
  • Working harbour, mixing yachts, fishing boats, rescue vessels and seals
  • Family-friendly cruise


Explore the working harbour at the iconic V&A Waterfront from the vantage point of a luxury boat. This half-hour, scenic guided cruise uncovers the history of this long-standing city waterway, and showcases the developments to come. A highlight is a sighting of the harbour’s resident seals, who are always eager to show their noses. Insightful commentary from the knowledgeable skipper will uncover the facts and fables surrounding this iconic landmark. Daily cruises leave regularly, allowing for sightseeing cruise opportunities whatever your Cape Town itinerary.


The V&A Waterfront has been attracting visitors since its development in 1988. The waterfront was designed to be a mixed-use area with a focus on retail, tourism and residential development, with the continued operation of a working harbour. Considered Cape Town’s shopping and entertainment hub, it boasts a collection of brand name and boutique stores, fine dining restaurants, food markets, boat cruises, museums and more. In fact, V&A Waterfront forms part of Cape Town’s Big 7, an honorary title given to the seven most visited attractions in the Mother City.

Practical information

Special T’s & C’s

  • Guests must redeem their City Pass offer at the booking office in order to receive a booking pass
  • Pre-booking can be done by phone or email or visit the Waterfront Charters office at the V&A Waterfront
Day Open Close
Monday 08:30 Sunset
Tuesday 08:30 Sunset
Wednesday 08:30 Sunset
Thursday 08:30 Sunset
Friday 08:30 Sunset
Saturday 08:30 Sunset
Sunday 08:30 Sunset
  • For booking: Monday – Sunday: 8:30 – Sunset
  • Cruises leave every hour from 11:30
  • Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
  • Booking essential

Phone: +27 (0)21 418 3168
Website: www.waterfrontcharters.co.za

Waterfront Charters

Advice for visitors

This short cruise gives you the opportunity to spend more time exploring the V&A Waterfront on foot. Collect a free map from the Tourist Information Centre at the waterfront and embark on a self-guided historical walking tour around the harbour. There are 22 historical landmarks in total, including the Old Port Captain’s Building, the boathouse where the first port lifeboat was housed in 1898, and the iconic Clock Tower. For a refreshing break, explore Market on the Wharf where a bustling marketplace of food and drink options greets visitors.

Did you know

The V&A Waterfront is named after Queen Victoria and her second son, Prince Alfred. In 1860, Prince Alfred officiated at the start of the building of the breakwater – the first stage in construction of a harbour for Cape Town. Ten years later, the Alfred Basin was complete. Thirty-five years later, the Victoria Basin was completed.

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