The Best 18 Activities in Hout Bay 2024

Hout Bay is our home and we simply cannot get enough of that coastal charm that makes our self-proclaimed republic so unique. As experts in the area, our very own seal island boating business has been running for more than 50 years, we want to share our top activities in Hout Bay with you. So, don’t forget to add Hout Bay to your Cape Town itinerary and look forward to many maritime adventures.

The best activities to do in Hout Bay in 2024
Hout Bay has something to offer for everyone

1. Seal Island Boat Trips

We usually don’t like to blow our own horn, but you should not miss out on a classic seal island boat cruise with us. The 45-min trip allows you to admire Hout Bay from the ocean and observe the adorable Cape fur seals around Duiker Island.

2. Chapman’s Peak Drive

Ever wanted to feel like you’re in a car commercial? Chapman’s Peak Drive is the epitome of coastal drives. And without doubt one of the most popular activities in Hout Bay. Feel the wind in your hair while the waves of the Atlantic ocean crash beneath you. Even if you don’t drive a convertible, the views are stunning and the lookout spots are plenty!

Chapman's Peak Drive in Hout Bay, one of the most popular activities in Hout Bay
Enjoy magnificent views on Chapman’s Peak Drive

3. Bay Harbour Market

The Bay Harbour Market opens its doors from Friday (for a fun evening) to Sunday. Expect to find handcrafted jewellery, paintings, woodwork and other gems. Treat yourself to delicious food – there are countless savoury and sweet options to choose from. One of the best activities in Hout Bay, it’s a vibe!

4. The Clay Café

A relaxed afternoon at the Clay Café is the perfect family activity in Hout Bay. Find your inner artist and paint beautiful ceramics – from vases and mugs to unicorn figurines and plates. The spacious outdoor area boosts a big playground for kids. Combine this with healthy food and you’ve got yourself the perfect outing for young and old.

5. Beach Bliss

Feel the sand between your toes and wander along Hout Bay’s beautiful sand beach. Locals love walking their dogs along the coastline and you’ll find many families with kids building sandcastles. If the conditions are great, why not rent a surfboard and catch some waves?

Kayaking activity in Hout Bay at sunset
Join us on a kayaking tour in the bay

6. Kayaking

Join Cape Town Kayaks on a group or private paddling adventure in Hout Bay. Tide permitting, you’ll start by venturing under the harbour wall, a true adventure. Look out for fish and crabs in the clear waters around the harbour. Then, you’ll continue along the beach all the way to the other side of the bay, where Chapman’s Peak Drive begins. Eventually, you’ll head back to the harbour, where you’re greeted by seals. What a fun workout on a sunny day!

7. Fish and Chips at Snoekies

Do we have to say more? Nothing tops a lekker fish n chips at Snoekies, a Hout Bay institution. The fresh sea breeze simply calls for fried fish fillets and potatoes. Plus, Snoekies is located at the other end of the harbour, just a stone’s throw away from the Hout Bay market.

8. Mariner’s Wharf

Harbour charm: Before you embark on a seal island tour with us, we highly recommend taking a stroll down to Mariner’s Wharf. Stock up on maritime décor at the souvenir shop or enjoy lunch at the restaurant. There are also various vendors selling African art, wooden figures and beaded animals.

Book your Seal Snorkelling adventure - one of the top activities in Hout Bay - with Circe Launches
Snorkel with Cape fur seals

9. Snorkelling with Seals

Animal Ocean Seal Snorkeling allows you to dive into the natural habitat of Hout Bay’s Cape fur seals. Snorkel around the kelp forest and watch the seals play in the waters. Experienced guides are always at your side to ensure a safe underwater adventure. Book your snorkelling tour today!.

10. World of Birds

More than 3,000 birds and 400 species, including mammals and reptiles, have found refuge at this sanctuary. Nestled between forest and mountains, World of Birds is one of the most popular activities in Hout Bay. You can even take the hop-on hop-off bus to get there before heading to the harbour.

11. Dinner at Chef’s Warehouse

Are you a fan of fine dining? The restaurant Chef’s Warehouse at the boutique hotel Atlantic Tintswalo serves exquisite food in a breathtaking setting. While you sip on your favourite cocktail or a glass of champagne, you can watch the sun set behind the Sentinel. Enjoy multiple courses, all perfectly curated. Make sure you book your table as soon as possible.

Views over Hout Bay and Sentinel at sunset
Hiking in Hout Bay promises great views over mountains and ocean

12. Hiking

Since Hout Bay is surrounded by mountains, it’s no surprise that hiking is also very popular. Hout Bay Corner is a moderate route, ideal for everyone who doesn’t want to commit to a full day outing. If you prefer a little bit of a challenge, the Chapman’s Peak Hike is the right choice for you. Whichever path you choose, please make sure to follow all safety precautions.

13. Horseback Riding

Why not go for a little horse ride? There are options in Hout Bay itself, but you can also drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive and explore the long sandy beach in Noordhoek on horseback. You don’t need to be an experienced rider in order to have a great time.

Noordhoek beach on the other side of Chapman's Peak Drive
Noordhoek, on the other side of Chapman’s Peak Drive

14. Urban Brewing Co.

The Urban Brewing Company is right next to the Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay. If you like craft beer, you don’t want to miss out on this experience. Their creations are inspired by Bavarian beer culture and you are able to buy lager by the litre. A little bit of Oktoberfest feeling in South Africa!

15. Art Galleries

Stunning views of mountains, forest and ocean bring lots of artists to Hout Bay. Make sure to visit the family-run Hout Bay Gallery. You might even find paintings, sculptures and fine art prints for your own home. And who knows, our home might inspire you to become creative as well.

16. Imizamo Yethu Experience

A walking tour through the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement is one of the most authentic cultural activities in Hout Bay. A local resident will take you on a 40-minute walk through the township and introduce you to the people of the busy settlement.

Southern Right whales in South Africa
Whale season brings lots of visitors

17. Dolphin & Whale Watching

Southern Right Whales come to South African water between June and November every year. But technically, you can see them or Humpback Whales anytime of the year. During whale season, we are often lucky enough to spot these ocean mammals on our seal island tours. In addition, there is a mega pod of dolphins that regularly returns to our bay for a fishy meal.

18. Llandudno Beach

Cape Town has many dream beaches, but Llandudno next to Hout Bay is a firm favourite among locals and visitors. White sand, boulders and turquoise water make your sunbathing dreams come true. Parking is limited, so arrive early.

We hope you find our list of top activities in Hout Bay helpful. Make sure to visit our neighbourhood during your next stay in Cape Town. We can’t wait to welcome you in our vibrant republic.