Activities in & around Simon's Town

There is a variety of beautiful beaches to choose from and explore Fischerman’s beach is a 2 min walk away, Windmill beach, Foxy beach, Boulders penguin beach (a national heritage site), Waters Edge beach and Seaforth beach are all within walking distance. Long beach, Simon’s Town is 4 km away. Fish Hoek beach is a 10 min drive away and the surfers at the beautiful Muizenberg beach are 15 mins away. The Cape Point Nature Reserve is 10 km away.(Note: There is an entrance fee). Once at Cape Point, take a funicular up to the Lighthouse and enjoy the amazing view of both the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans.

Whale watching in season – September to November, the Southern Right Whales come to our warm waters on their annual migration. In season whale spotting boat trips are available from the Simon’s Town Harbour.

Penguin viewing at Boulders Beach National Park. (Note: There is an entrance fee) One can walk along the boardwalk and see the penguins for no charge.

There are excellent restaurants and coffee shops in Simon’s Town Centre 4 km away- namely the Meeting Place, Bertha’s which overlooks the Yacht Club and Navy Harbour, The Salty Seadog next door to Berthas, Café Pescados (best pizza in town) opposite Jubilee square, The Quarterdeck, Bon Appetit and then 2.5 km driving toward Cape Point is the Blue Marlin specializing in sea food.

The Simon’s Town Country Club (which welcomes visitors) with Squash, Golf and Bowls, is 800m away.

Shark Cage Diving, Boat trips to Seal Island, Kayaking excursions to see the penguins are all available from the Simons Town Harbour, Scuba diving is available at the Pisces diving centre near the Train Station and why not take a ride when Steaming Jenny is in town- one of only a handful working Steam Locomotives left in the world!

Simon’s Town itself has attractions such as the Simon’s Town Naval Museum - take a guided tour of a submarine, there is a cultural museum and a toy museum. Kids will enjoy the Scratch Patch gemstone collection on the outskirts of town. There are also numerous Bric a Brac, Art and Crafts, Clothing and Souvenir Shops in the quaint village.

Other places of interest to visit: Go see the seals at Kalk Bay Harbour waiting for the scraps from the Fishermen’s boats.

The magnificent Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens is a 30 min drive away, take a cable car up Table Mountain (One of the seven wonders of the world), or take a trip from the Victoria and Albert Waterfront to Robben Island where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. The Wine Farms in Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschoek are all a comfortable day excursion.

In August to October, a trip a little further afield, (but well worth it) up the West Coast to see the Wild Flowers(Fynbos) in bloom. You will see fields and fields of a magnificent display of Namaqualand Daisies.