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Knysna: Luxury Sunset Cruise with Captain's Barbeque Option

1. Knysna: Luxury Sunset Cruise with Captain's Barbeque Option

Depart from Sirocco Restaurant Jetty on Thesen Island in Knysna.   Our experienced crew will welcome you with a glass of bubbly on board our luxury 55-foot catamaran. We then set sail and follow the picturesque channel past Leisure Isle, Featherbed Nature Reserve and through the world famous Knysna Heads (weather permitting) before setting sail into the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a sumptuous Captain's barbeque while you admire the coastline's abundant array of marine life, such as birds, seals, dolphins, sharks, whales, and much more. You may even get the chance to catch fish.  Enjoy panoramic views of the sunset over the port as you head back to the jetty.

From Knysna: Sunset cruise with bubbly and dinner

2. From Knysna: Sunset cruise with bubbly and dinner

All our catamaran cruises depart from the Jetty at Sirocco restaurant on Thesen Island where you are welcomed by your captain and crew. We then venture out for a magical sail on the Knysna Lagoon, navigate the famous Knysna Heads and then head out to sea ( weather permitting) to explore the spectacular marine and bird life of the Indian Ocean. Being joined by pods of dolphins, or a friendly seal is a magnificent experience, you may even see a whale! Once we set sail there’s ample time for lazing in the sun, supping, swimming, and snorkeling depending on the duration of your cruise. Sit back while we treat you to a complimentary glass of ice-cold bubbles. You are also welcome to buy any additional drinks at our cash bar on board. On our return to the Knysna Lagoon, we will treat you to a traditional braai. Our Catamaran LaraBella is equipped with a wine cooler, a coffee machine, a bar, a big lounge saloon area, beautiful cabins, and several fridges.

Knysna: Close Encounter Whale Watching Tour by Boat

3. Knysna: Close Encounter Whale Watching Tour by Boat

Come get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the ocean on this 2-hour whale watching tour! Your trip begins as your captain navigates you through the Knysna Estuary and then you'll head out towards the vast and beautiful Indian Ocean. Every year, both the southern right and humpback whales leave their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica and migrate to mate and calve in the warmer waters of the Southern African coastline - this makes Knysna one of the best whale-watching destinations in the country. The tour will be narrated by an experienced skipper and guide who will share with you fascinating information about the lives of these whales. Your adventure will also be assisted by an experienced whale spotter who is in radio contact with all skippers, so you can be directed to any sightings. Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life as well - you may even spot a dolphin or a penguin or two!

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What people are saying about Knysna

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Apart from the wonderful scenery, all of the staff of Ocean Odyssey are fantastic!! So friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Will definitely be back!!! Thanks

there were only three couples (six people) on the catamaran and they had nice food and drinks. The crew took great care and the catamaran was a dream!

Excellent experience, one of a kind. Hosts are gracious and accommodating. The gin tasting and braai was a bonus. We’ll definitely be back.

Wonderful experience. Very expensive though, so hard to say it's value for money... Would do it again in a heartbeat!

One of the best activity once in lifetime Unforgettable