So we’ve cancelled your shark cage diving trip-what now?
You made your online booking weeks ago, told everyone including your nosey co-worker of your upcoming Afri-venture, got on a long car or plane ride to Cape Town, and the day of your cage dive is finally here! Except -we just cancelled the trip cause of rough sea conditions or bad weather and what’s worse-you are already on your way to Simons Town! What to do now?
In the last blog we offered 5 of 10 things to do when in Simons Town, here are the other 5…
KAYAK OR CANOE
Kayaking is one of the more simple water activities available in Simons Town. The trip starts off at the waterfront, past the Naval Harbour and out to Boulder’s Beach to see the penguins. On some days the rough seas conditions are closer to Seal Island than they are to the Simons Town beaches making kayaking a viable alternative on some days we’ve had to cancel trips. Kayak Cape Town is the only operator in Simons Town and they offer same day bookings!
DIVE WITH THE SEALS
Get up-close and personal with these lovable and friendly acrobats of the sea! If you have some diving experience then this is definitely for you. There are dives almost daily, in addition there are huge variety of dive sites within close range of the Pisces dive centre (the sole operators), from shallow shore entries with kelp forests to deeper wreck and reef dives. If you happen to be a bit rusty or are a beginner, they have a pool on site to train you. Call a day ahead to get a dive report as scuba diving is almost as weather-dependent as our shark cage diving trips.
Found right after Boulder’s beach on the way to Cape Town is the Simons Town Country Club. Open to golfers of all skill levels, the grounds are designed with “tight fairways and a couple of small greens, with a natural slope towards the sea, ensure that players have to carefully consider every shot.” They have golf and breakfast combo special running until the end of August so call and make a booking as soon as possible!
VISIT THE SPA
If the weather is truly horrible and all the activities listed above are off limits then consider unwinding at one of the spas. A variety of treatments are on offer including massages and facials.
Recommendations: Body Sense Boutique and Saje’s Beauty Spa and. Both are on our main road St George’s Street so you can walk in to make an enquiry or booking.
SELF DRIVE THE CAPE PENINSULA
If you are interested in taking in the sights then this will certainly hit the spot. From Boulders beach to Cape Point, Cape point to Hout Bay and Hout Bay to Cape Town.
Hike up to the Cape of Good Hope to see where the two oceans meet, visit the lighthouses at Kommetjie, take in the Atlantic past Hout Bay and finally enjoy the inexpressible beauty of Bakoven, Camps Bay and Clifton. You may stop wherever you want to for photographs. There are various picnic spots along the way. It’s best to time the trip for those sunset views.
I hope this has been helpful to you