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Breath-taking estuary offers an array of Activities

Thursday, 03 December 2015 13:52 Written by  Lisa Leslie
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Knysna’s famous breath-taking estuary offers an array of boating activities by various operators, all of which serve to reveal the beauty and showcase the diversity of this vast liquid realm.

Ocean Odyssey’s fascinating and educational Marine Eco Tour will introduce you to the wondrous wildlife of our estuarine and marine environment. This tour highlights both the various geological wonders of Knysna and the year-round marine life that thrives within these waters. Weather permitting, Ocean Odyssey exits the Knysna Heads and ventures out to sea in search of marine life. Dolphins are prolific along our stretch of coastline and three species prosper here: the in-shore bottlenose dolphin; the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and the common dolphin. On most days seals and a host of pelagic birds can also be seen. (Ocean Odyssey is also Knysna’s only permitted whale watching operation and during whale season they offer “up close and personal” whale watching encounters)

Springtide Charters makes us of aesthetic appeal of the lagoon. The adjacent rugged coastline also provides them with the perfect environment for their sailing charters. The exhilarating sailing experience on board this luxury mono hull yacht, coupled with this sublime scenery makes for a memorable combination. Departing daily from the Knysna Waterfront, Springtide Charters offer a variety of unique sailing charter options, sailing out the Knysna Heads (weather permitting), and traveling in perfect tune with the prevailing winds.

The Featherbed Company has had a long-standing presence on the Knysna Estuary, running a selection of cruises to suit all occasions.

Three Legs is an open ferry with shaded seating and offers 75 minute cruises on the Knysna estuary towards the Knysna Heads (weather permitting). You will be taken past Otter Cove, Island Rock and the beachcomber caves en route to the Heads. During the cruise their accredited guides will relay fascinating tales of Knysna’s rich maritime past.

The John Benn, named after a celebrated figure from Knysna’s past is a well-appointed floating restaurant that offers daily cruises to the Knysna Heads. It is fully enclosed so is not weather dependant and it often used as a floating function venue.
Reminiscent of the boats on the Mississippi River, The Paddle Cruiser is South Africa’s only paddle driven vessel. It is contemporary in its décor and makes for a prefect sunset cruise, wedding or conference venue. They dish up the most delectable Mediterranean-style cuisine.

The Heads Explorer is ideal for those keen to breathe the salt air and feel the wind in their hair. This catamaran yacht leaves the Knysna Heads (weather and sea conditions permitting) and sails out into the big blue yonder. The sunset cruises are accompanied by a platter of finger style food and a choice of wine.

Knysna Charters offers a relaxing Knysna estuary Boat Cruise towards the Knysna heads and back. These cruises give guests the opportunity to soak up the beauty of the surroundings. Or guests can book one of their Interactive Oyster Experience, where they can glean the facts about and get to savour these moreish molluscs. They also offer a Knysna Sunset and Honeymoon Sunset Cruise, often the most idyllic time to be out on the water. The sunset cruise is fully guided and is inclusive of a glass of white wine and three fresh oysters per person and it cruises, weather permitting towards the Knysna Heads where guests can take in its awesome grandeur.

The Turbine Waterclub opposite the Turbine Hotel and Spa has motorised Pontoon Barges, offering laid back cruises for up to 10 people. They have teamed up with other operators in the area to offer an even wider range of experiences to their hotel guests and other visitors to Knysna. www.turbinehotel.co.za/turbinewaterclub

Knysna Rib Adventures offers those with an eco-adventurous slant a power boat thrill-ride that will certainly get their blood pumping. This vessel moves swiftly across the Knysna estuary’s watery expanse and, weather permitting, exit through the Knysna Heads and out to sea. Once through the Heads they explore the adjacent coastline. This gives their guests the opportunity to experience the dynamic ocean and the rugged coastline of Knysna.

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