Explore the ocean on a marine safari!Take advantage of the incredible Atlantic Ocean on your doorstep...
During your stay at Fin Whale Beach House you can take advantage of the incredible Atlantic Ocean on your doorstep with a range of amazing and exciting cruises exploring the marine ecosystems of South Africa’s Western Cape coastline.
A short drive from the village of Kommetjie is Hout Bay – home of the incredible Chapman’s Peak that can be seen from Fin Whale Beach House. Named after John Chapman – first mate of an English ship named “Consent” that was becalmed in Hout Bay in 1606 – Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most scenic and beautiful roads in the world, and an opportunity to experience it should not be missed!
Hout Bay is also the home of the magical Duiker Island – also called Seal Island – a rocky outcrop in the bay that’s home to a colony of Cape fur seals. Various charter companies in Hout Bay offer cruises out to Duiker Island, allowing you up-close encounters with the seals and a variety of sea birds that also call the bay home. During whale season (August to December each year) the southern right whales also visit Hout Bay and the waters along this stretch of South Africa’s coast to calf, making this an absolute hot spot for whale-watching either from the shore or on a dedicated cruise.
You can also enjoy cruises around Hout Bay, viewing the towering cliffs of Chapman’s Peak and visiting the wreck of the Bos 400 in Maori Bay. This was a French derrick/lay barge that ran aground while being towed by a tug boat in 1994. Maori Bay is no stranger to wrecks and is named after the SS Maori which sunk there in 1909. It’s a fascinating ship’s graveyard and popular diving site.
Sea kayaking, shark cage diving and snorkelling tours are also available in Hout Bay.