Celebrating 50 Years of Circe Launches in Hout Bay

2023 marked the golden jubilee of Circe Launches, an integral part of Hout Bay’s maritime heritage. Since its inception in 1973, the family business has played a vital role in supporting the local community and tourism industry in Hout Bay.

Hout Bay harbour - home of Circe Launches
Our home Hout Bay

50 Years of Seal Island Tours

As the original and first seal island boat trip operator in Hout Bay, we have welcomed more than 5 million passengers from all over the world. It all began with the transformation of the two old air-sea rescue vessels “Circe” and “R9”.

Since 2001, “Calypso”, the glass-bottom boat, has taken ocean lovers out to Duiker Island. The 22 metre-long vessel offers (shaded) seating outside as well as sheltered seating inside. Well-trained skippers navigate guests safely through the bay while sharing lots of interesting fun facts about the coastal town and its history.

See Cape fur seals with Circe Launches in Hout Bay
Cape fur seals are our business

Become part of the Circe Launches family

The 50th anniversary celebration serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring strength of Hout Bay’s maritime heritage and the role that Circe Launches continues to play in shaping the maritime future of this coastal gem. Cheers to 50 years of Circe Launches – a beacon of resilience, unity, and maritime excellence in Hout Bay!

Image Credit: Hout Bay Yacht Club