Get up close and personal with the thriving ocean life of Simon’s Town as you glide over on a water bike with Cape Town’s first ever water-bike tour.
Cape Town Water Bikes offers guided as well as self-guided tours on bikes from Simon’s Town, in which riders can ‘cycle’ to some of the most popular spots in the area, from Boulders beach to the Clan Stuart Shipwreck.
The water bikes are silent, meaning that there is a big chance of riders encountering an array of marine animals such as dolphins and seals.
Riders can safely explore the ocean without leaving a carbon footprint—the water bikes do not require fuel and do not emit harmful emissions.
The state-of-the-art hydro bikes are easy to use and no prior experience or skill is required to ride them. Unlike with conventional bicycles, you do not need to learn how to balance on a water bike to ride one.
Guided tours last two hours, departing form Simons Town pier from 8am and 11am seven days a week.
The tours are dependent on both weather and sea conditions, while walk-in rentals are available throughout the day. Due to changing weather patterns in the Mother City, it is advisable to bring a lightweight jacket with you on your adventure.
Come rain or shine, Cape Town Water Bikes is open for business.
“We do not let rain stop our adventures. We explore in rain and shine,” a statement on Cape Town Water Bikes’ official webpage reads.
Guided tours cost R590 per person and include a safety radio, buoyancy aid and bottled water.
Riders must meet the following requirements to use the water-bikes:
They must be age 13 and older. Children aged 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Riders must be a minimum height of 1.5 metres
The maximum weight allowed on the hydro bikes is 110kg.
Bookings for tours can be made here and customers are advised to contact the Cape Town Water Bikes office prior to their trip to ensure that weather conditions are suitable for the tour.
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