Folded in the protective embrace of Chapman’s Peak and Mount Sentinel, the fishing village of Hout Bay can be found nestled in a valley at the end of the Atlantic Seaboard. Its bustling harbour is crammed with boats of all shapes and colours that bring in hauls of fresh tuna, snoek, and crayfish. This vibrant village is often said to be the place to sample the best fish and chips in the cape.
The harbour services a number of glass-bottomed boat charters that take visitors on scenic trip around the bay and to Seal Island. Curious seals swarm around the boat, peeking through the glass bottom while others bask nonchalantly on the island’s rocks. The colder waters and superb swell attract kayakers, body boarders, Kite Surfing, and Surfing alike. The formidable Dungeons wave formation tempts and tests even the most hardened surfers.
Hout Bay’s mountainous surroundings offer thrill-seekers the opportunity to hike, cycle, and abseil. Weekends are spent at the boisterous Hout Bay Market, located in an old fish factory where clothes, crafts and fresh food are sold. The market is one of the many family-friendly spots in the bay, along with Dunes restaurant and World of Birds.
- The harbour services a number of glass-bottom boat charters that will take visitors on a scenic trip around the bay and to Seal Island
- The colder waters and decent swell attract kayakers, body boarders, kite surfers and surfers
- Hout Bay’s mountainous surroundings offer thrill seekers the opportunity to hike, cycle and abseil
- The Hout Bay Market is a hub of creative crafts, music and good food
- Apart from the market, family-friendly spots include Dunes restaurant and World of Birds