If you’re thinking of yet another activity to keep the youngsters busy with over the last few days of the school holiday, there are two entertaining harbour tours on offer at The V&A Waterfront specifically aimed at younger explorers.
Tommy the Tugboat is a recently renovated cartoon-themed harbour cruise. A great activity for children and families, it offers an affordable and educational experience.
Tommy does daily 30 minute cruises of the Table Bay harbour, accompanied by an educational yet entertaining commentary by crew members decked out with Mario Brothers inspired outfits.
This boat is very popular with school groups visiting the Two Oceans Aquarium, as there is a discounted rate for groups visiting the V & A Waterfront. On the cruise kids get to see sights such as Cape Town Stadium, Robben Island from the Breakwater, historical harbour buildings, fishing boats and luxury vessels, and seals on wheels. This is not just a short historical trip, but also a hysterical and highly entertaining way to spend some time in the harbour area with the youngsters. (For more information visit www.tommythetugboat.co.za.)
Another great way to keep the young and old entertained is the Ocean Adventurer, in partnership with the Two Oceans Aquarium. This is a boat-based marine eco-tour, with tours departing from the V&A Waterfront that focuses on the rich biodiversity found in the waters of Cape Town’s Table Bay and surrounds.
The Ocean Adventurer catamaran departs three times a day from the Two Oceans Aquarium. The tours of Table Bay last for around 90 minutes and some of the marine wildlife you are likely to see up close include seals, dolphins, whales, sunfish, penguins and even sharks.
On a recent expedition I was on, I saw Heaviside dolphins swimming around our boat as well a pod of Southern Right Whales and calves (which is very rare to see at this time of year).
There is a professional marine biologist on board who is able to answer questions about South Africa’s oceans. The yacht has a microscope on board, which helps visitors better understand the organisms described by the guides. (For more information visit ocean-adventurer.com/marine-eco-tours/daily-tours.html.)