Knysna Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Knysna Sightseeing cruises

Knysna: 75-Minute Lagoon Boat Cruise

1. Knysna: 75-Minute Lagoon Boat Cruise

The tour departs from Thesan Island Harbour Town and heads out onto the pristine Knysna Lagoon, home to an array of native birds and marine life. On board the ‘Oyster Boat', spend a leisurely 75-minutes exploring the lagoon as you sail to the breathtaking and imposing Knysna Heads. As you glide along the waters, sit back and relax whilst soaking up the famous South African sunshine with the wind in your hair. From start to finish the tour provides breathtaking views of the surrounding waters as well as the Knysna coastline. During the boat ride your guide shares fascinating insight into the history, heritage, and culture of Knysna, from a local’s perspective.

Knysna Sunset Sailing Cruise with Light Dinner and Wine

2. Knysna Sunset Sailing Cruise with Light Dinner and Wine

Have the ultimate sailing experience while soaking up the golden hues of the Knynsa sunset. Depart from the waterfront and cruise through the Knysna Estuary and rugged headlands, a region known for its lush and diverse flora and fauna. Pass by the iconic Knysna Heads, a formation of impressive sandstone cliffs. If weather permits, exit the estuary out onto the vast Indian Ocean for beautiful evening views. Let the natural beauty of Knysna enchant you, from the breathtaking coastline to the diverse marine life. Onboard, savor an appetizing sunset array of savory snacks, cheeses, and fruits, and a complimentary glass of chilled bubbly while you watch the sun sink into the horizon.

Knysna: Lagoon Boat Cruise and Oyster Tour with Tastings

3. Knysna: Lagoon Boat Cruise and Oyster Tour with Tastings

The tour departs from Thesan Island Harbor Town and heads out onto the blue waters of Knysna Lagoon. As you sail, learn all there is to know about oysters, as well as how to taste the difference between those that are wild or cultivated. The boat takes you around the stunning lagoon where the ocean stretches out towards the crisp blue sky, then sails around the Kynsna Head for more spectacular views. Throughout the tour, feel free to ask questions, take photos, and excite your taste buds with complimentary oyster tasting and white wine too.

Knysna Heads and Estuary Adventure

4. Knysna Heads and Estuary Adventure

This 45-minute adventure shows you the Knysna region's legendary and diverse estuary and all that it has to offer the coastal town of Knysna. The estuary has a compelling history, fascinating birdlife and is inhabited by 43% of South Africa's plant and animal life. View the rugged and iconic Knysna Heads, a unique sandstone formation, and the magnificent ancient caves nestled amongst the coves of this beautiful coastline. Depending on the tide, you may be able to see the famous Pacquita shipwreck found at the mouth of the Knysna Heads. An experienced skipper will also share with you information and stories about the area and how these natural formations came to be.  This trip is ideal for families and large groups. The tour does not venture out into the ocean, but rather shows you all that the Knysna Estuary has to offer - this is certainly the best place to witness the beauty of the flora and fauna of the region!   

Knysna: Sunset Cruise

5. Knysna: Sunset Cruise

Indulge your inner romantic and join this fully guided tour aboard the Oyster Boat. Head off slowly towards the impressive Knysna Heads. Take in the splendor of the tranquil lagoon as the sun sets on another perfect day in Africa. Relax while you enjoy a glass of wine with a few fresh local oysters. The cruise is slow and leisurely, ultimately relaxing, and you can’t help but just sit back and take it all in. 

Knysna: 1.5-Hour Sailing Experience

6. Knysna: 1.5-Hour Sailing Experience

Join the ultimate sailing experience while soaking up the picturesque surroundings of the coast. This 1.5-hour experience departs from the waterfront and cruises through the Knysna Estuary and rugged headlands, a region known for its lush and diverse flora and fauna. Pass by the iconic Knysna Heads, a formation of impressive sandstone cliffs. If the weather permits, exit the estuary out into the vast Indian Ocean for some more vast and beautiful views. Let the natural beauty of Knysna enchant you, from the breathtaking coastline to the diverse marine life, as you allow the sails to take you where the wind blows.

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What people are saying about Knysna

This was such a beautiful experience, friendly and caring stuff. The captain was nice and showed us dolphins. The team came prepared with blankets because it does get a bit chilly. The food after the trip was delicious and enough. I would definitely recommend it

Very exciting & very informative. We enjoyed spending time with Justin. He was a great host. Will definitely come again

Our skipper was awesome. Has ample knowledge regarding Knysna, birdlife and so much more

It was a wonderful experience. Informative guide, Vince I think.

Very informative and brilliant. We had a wonderful experience