Step aboard the MV Nauticat to experience an excellent catamaran beyond all others. Enjoy a glass of something delicious as you take in Cape Town's stunning Atlantic coastline


  • Twin-engine, steel catamaran
  • Fully licensed bar on board
  • 45-minute cruise from Hout Bay to Duiker Island
  • See Cape Fur Seals
  • Underwater viewing


Nautical Charters has been running island cruises for nearly 19 years. It has two vessels in operation — the MV Nauticat and the MV Jester which operates out around Robben Island.

  • Hout Bay is best known for its timber and fishing industries. It is home to South Africa’s first Harbourfront Emporium, known as the Mariner’s Wharf.
  • Mountains surround Hout Bay to the north, east and west, while the Southern Atlantic Ocean lays on the south side. There are only three roads that lead to and from the area that all pass through the mountains.
  •  The bay is situated just 20 kilometres south of the Central Business District of Cape Town. ‘Hout Bay’ can refer to the town, the bay on which it is situated, or the entire valley.


The Nauticat is a fully registered, twin-engine, steel catamaran. It is 21.3 meters in length, with a 7.8-meter beam. This attractive vessel offers a unique and pleasurable experience at sea as well as the best underwater viewing by far. 

The Nauticat accommodates 140 passengers with inside seating for approximately 60 passengers and full toilet facilities. The open upper deck seats about 80 passengers, offering comfort and supreme views throughout the course of the cruise. The enclosed wood-panelled saloon has a fully licensed bar where you can enjoy some light refreshments throughout the journey.

Enjoy spectacular views of the Bay’s surrounding mountains on an exciting 45-minute cruise from Hout Bay Harbour to Duiker Island and its native seal colony. Be sure to bring your camera. This charter offers once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities. Enjoy breathtaking views of thousands of wild Cape Fur Seals and their pups in their natural habitat.

Please note: Times and availability are dependent on wind and weather conditions. Best to phone in advance to ensure the trip is operating on your desired date and time.

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81 Harbour Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town


+27 71 420 7723